The Hydrogen Council gathered 53 energy, transport and industry companies in San Francisco on September 13, 2018 for its third annual CEO event, the Global Hydrogen Leaders Forum. The Hydrogen Council Co-chairs, Benoit Potier, CEO and Chairman of Air Liquide and Dr Woong-Chul Yang, Vice Chairman of Hyundai announced a commitment on-stage at the closing plenary of GCAS on 14th September 2018.

“The Hydrogen Council, a global CEO coalition bringing together 50+ leaders in the energy, transport and industry space, is committed to an ambitious goal of ensuring that 100% of hydrogen fuel used in different modes of transportation is decarbonised by 2030. We are therefore calling on governments to build a global alliance that will create the necessary regulatory frameworks to help make this commitment a reality. Transport may be our first target, but with right level of support we will see positive effects across many sectors. We believe hydrogen can play a key role in the clean energy transition and we are ready to work together with governments to help create the right technical, financial and legislative environment that will enable decarbonised hydrogen to scale up.”

Dr. Woong-Chul Yang, Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Company and Co-chair of the Hydrogen Council states, “The Hydrogen Council’s third CEO event is a testament to how far we have come since the launch of this initiative about 18 months ago. More than fifty top industry leaders are here today to show hydrogen has a role to play and we need to act now to get it to scale and truly enable the energy transition. This transition needs to be sustainable environmentally, financially and socially, and hydrogen will help ensure it ticks all those boxes.”

To mark its presence at the heart of tech innovation in California, the Hydrogen Council has also launched a new discussion paper – Hydrogen Meets Digital –  to investigate four exemplary applications that can particularly benefit from hydrogen. Developed with analytical support from McKinsey, it demonstrates how hydrogen and digital technologies can work hand-in-hand to drive our energy transition.

The report highlights that by 2030, hydrogen technologies could power up  four areas
–  1.5 million autonomous taxis, 700,000 autonomous shuttles,
–  8,000 vertical take-off and landing taxis (VTOLs),
–  3.6 million delivery trucks
–  1 TWh of backup power for data centres1.

As a result, this digital future could grow the world’s hydrogen market, in addition to the applications highlighted in the 2017 Hydrogen Council Report Scaling Up by another 7 million tons of annual hydrogen demand and the use of 6.4 million fuel cells by 2030[1].