Brussels, 12 July 2021 – The Hydrogen Council, a global CEO-led coalition working to accelerate the energy transition through hydrogen, has today announced fourteen new members. The organisation now counts 123 companies from across the globe representing a variety of sectors – from utilities, chemical producers, energy companies and engineers to mobility providers and bankers, among others – all committed to scaling up the hydrogen value chain to contribute to a clean and diversified energy system. The new members are welcomed by a new team of Co-chairs, with Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger joining incumbent Co-chair Benoît Potier, Chairman and CEO of Air Liquide.
The Hydrogen Council now includes four new steering members: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Honeywell, Sasol, and Wood; eight new supporting members: cellcentric, Howden, Indian Oil Corporation, John Cockerill, Komatsu, MAN Energy Solutions, Parker Hannifin Corporation, and TÜV SÜD; and two new investors: Barclays and FiveT Hydrogen. Existing member SMBC moves from the supporting member category to the group of investors. The new members are based across Europe, Middle East, Asia, and North America, and integrated energy and chemical company Sasol is the first South African company to join the Council.
The companies joining the Council today show how hydrogen ecosystems are rapidly expanding to involve a wide variety of sectors active in hydrogen production, distribution, or different end uses. Barclays and FiveT Hydrogen – new additions to the Council’s investor group – exemplify the continued investor appetite for clean energy solutions.
As the Hydrogen Council’s membership grows to more than 120 companies, the coalition announces a change in leadership, with Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO of Cummins, becoming Co-chair of the organisation next to Benoît Potier, Chairman and CEO of Air Liquide, and Co-chair since the launch of the Council in 2017. Tom Linebarger takes over the role from Takeshi Uchiyamada, Chairman of Toyota Motor Corporation, whose two-year mandate has come to an end, but who will remain an active member of the Board of the Hydrogen Council.
“We are delighted to welcome new members to the Hydrogen Council, coming from a wide range of geographies and sectors,” said Benoît Potier, Chairman and CEO of Air Liquide and Co-chair of the Hydrogen Council. “Their joining confirms that the interest in hydrogen is coming from across many sectors of the economy, and is turning into a priority for actors committed to energy transition. I look forward to working alongside Cummins as new Co-chair to foster dialogue and collaboration in order to accelerate the development of a low carbon economy.”
Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO of Cummins and new Co-chair of the Hydrogen Council, added: “It’s encouraging to see major economies around the world advance clean energy technologies, and I’m especially proud that the United States is pushing forward with new policy initiatives to support the scale-up of hydrogen. As the new Co-chair of the Hydrogen Council, I’m eager to work with all of our members to accelerate hydrogen deployment globally through strong international partnerships.”