New initiative: Hydrogen Council

„Less than 2° Celsius“- compared to pre-industrial levels. In 2015, this was the resolution of the UN Climate Change Conference to reduce global warming. The new founded initiative “Hydrogen Council” aims to contribute to the achievement of this ambitious goal.

Together with twelve other companys Daimler founded the initiative “Hydrogen Council” in January 2017. Aim is to position hydrogen among the key solutions of the energy transition. Hydrogen is a versatile energy carrier with favourable characteristics since it does not release any CO2 at the point of use as a clean fuel or energy source, and can play an important role in the transition to a clean, low-carbon, energy system.

The involved energy, transport and industry companies intent to promote Hydrogen technologies and products. During the launch, members of the ‘Hydrogen Council’ confirmed their ambition to accelerate their significant investment in the development and commercialization of the hydrogen and fuel cell sectors. These investments currently amount to an estimated total value of €1.4 Bn/year . Furthermore there should be a cooperation with the stakeholders. These include policy makers, business and hydrogen players, international agencies and civil society.

Other members of the Hydrogen Council are Liquide, Alstom, Anglo American, BMW, Engie, Honda, Hyundai, Kawasaki, Shell, Linde, Total and Toyota. Since 2014 Daimler, Total, Shell as well as Linde push the development of hydrogen filling stations in Germany with the initiative H2 Mobility.

The Hydrogen Council is currently made up of 13 CEOs and Chairpersons from various industries and energy companies

“Zero emission technologies are an integral part of Daimler's powertrain strategy. Besides plug-in-hybrids and vehicles equipped with 48-volt-systems our portfolio will feature more than ten fully electric vehicles in the passenger car segment alone by 2025. Fuel cell technology has a huge potential for the energy and mobility sector. The benefits for us are obvious: a long operating range and short refuelling stops as well as a broad spectrum of possible uses ranging from passenger cars to urban buses. We strongly continue to pursue our goal of bringing the next generation fuel cell electric vehicles on the market. We will unveil the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL already this year”. Jochen Hermann, Vice President Electrics/Electronics & E-Drive Development at Daimler.

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