A Hydrogen Council has been established by 13 major energy, transport and industry companies in Davos, Switzerland, to help tackle climate issues. 

Global companies involved in this initiative are Air Liquide , Alstom , Anglo American , BMW GROUP, Daimler, ENGIE, Honda, Hyundai, Kawasaki, Royal Dutch Shell, The Linde Group, Total and Toyota.

The initiative aims to position hydrogen, a versatile energy carrier with favourable characteristics, among the key solutions of the move away from fossil fuels to more eco-friendly alternatives.

The council plans to work alongside and provide recommendations to various key stakeholders such as policy makers, business and hydrogen specialists, international agencies and civil society to achieve these goals.

Alstom CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge said: “Rail transportation is the cleanest and safest form of mass transportation and needs to become even cleaner.

“Hydrogen traction is a revolution as it is 100% emission-free. I am proud to be part of the Hydrogen Council to develop further this technology that will change the face of transportation.”

At the time of the launch, the ‘Hydrogen Council’ members confirmed their ambition to accelerate their €1.4bn investment annually in the development and commercialisation of the hydrogen and fuel cell sectors.

"Rail transportation is the cleanest and safest form of mass transportation and needs to become even cleaner."

The Hydrogen Council is made up of CEOs and chairpersons from various industries and energy companies aimed at reaching the 2°C temperature rise target limit as agreed in the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Air Liquide CEO Benoît Potier said: “The 2015 Paris Agreement to combat climate change is a significant step in the right direction but requires business action to be taken to make such a pledge a reality.

“Our call today to world leaders is to commit to hydrogen so that together we can meet our shared climate ambitions and give further traction to the emerging Hydrogen ecosystem.”

The Hydrogen Council has commissioned a report entitled ‘How Hydrogen empowers the energy transition’, which details the vision of the council and the key actions it considers fundamental for policy makers to implement.


Image: The Hydrogen Council comprises 13 CEOs and chairpersons from various industries and energy companies. Photo: © Copyright Alstom.