At a pivotal moment for the world’s sustainable economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, the Hydrogen Council has welcomed 11 new members, bringing its membership total to 92.
The global CEO-led coalition working to enable the global energy transition through hydrogen today announced French container transportation and shipping company CMA CGM and American multinational technology company Microsoft as new steering members.
Baker Hughes, Clariant, MAHLE, NYK Line, Port of Rotterdam, TechnipFMC and Umicore were also welcomed as supporting members, whilst Mubadala Investment Company and Providence Asset Group were announced as new investors.
The new group of members mirrors the wide range of geographical and sector interest in hydrogen – including companies headquartered in Europe, Asia, Australia, the US and United Arab Emirates, as well as representing sectors such as chemicals, automotive, energy and materials technology, shipping, industrial ports and digital.
“As policymakers, businesses and investors across the globe are working to recover from the economic and social consequences of the pandemic, hydrogen is increasingly recognised as an indispensable piece of the puzzle. The recently announced EU, German and Korean plans on hydrogen are among prime examples of that momentum and we hope that other countries will join in soon,” said Benoît Potier, Chairman and CEO of Air Liquide and Co-chair of the Hydrogen Council.
“This crisis will define our energy production and consumption for at least a generation. The companies joining our group today acknowledge that this is a critical time to accelerate clean energy innovation to reach our climate goals and recognise that hydrogen can play a paramount role in doing so.”
Takeshi Uchiyamada, Chairman of the Board of Toyota Motor Group and new Co-Chair of the Hydrogen Council added: “On the cusp of a global energy transformation, we need long-term thinking and massive investments in systemic solutions like hydrogen. Hydrogen technologies can provide zero emission energy and transport solutions, enable deep industrial decarbonisation and help renewables maximise their potential through storage.”