Black & Veatch Joins Hydrogen Council, Reflecting Commitment to Hydrogen as a Zero-Carbon Solution | Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch Joins Hydrogen Council, Reflecting Commitment to Hydrogen as a Zero-Carbon Solution

Global engineering leader joins CEO-led initiative that aims to make hydrogen a core component of a zero-carbon global economy.

Reflecting its ongoing commitment to global decarbonization and further advancing efforts to create a more balanced energy portfolio, Black & Veatch announces that it has joined the Hydrogen Council, “a global initiative of leading energy, transport and industry companies with a united vision and long-term ambition for hydrogen to foster the energy transition.”

Hydrogen applications are emerging as a low-carbon breakthrough that will transform the power generation market amidst the rapidly changing energy landscape. As a leader in innovative infrastructure solutions, Black & Veatch is actively involved in developing, designing and constructing hydrogen solutions – from delivering green hydrogen for power generation, storage and advanced transportation solutions, to processing blue hydrogen with carbon capture technology.

The global engineering leader’s experience complements the mission of the Hydrogen Council. Led by a growing coalition of CEOs, the Council encourages key stakeholders to acknowledge the contribution and potential role of hydrogen in the future energy mix, and to accelerate investment in the development and commercialization of the hydrogen and fuel cell sectors. 

“The global hydrogen market is rapidly ascending to its place on the world stage as a clean, sustainable solution that will reduce and replace global reliance on fossil fuels for energy, transport, storage and more,” said Steve Edwards, chief executive officer of Black & Veatch. “Joining the Hydrogen Council is a great honor and a clear reflection of Black & Veatch’s ongoing commitment to accelerating the global shift away from carbon emissions and towards a cleaner, more sustainable energy portfolio that will truly enable the world’s zero-carbon future.”

The Hydrogen Council launched in 2017 at the World Economic Forum in Davos with 13 founding companies. It has since grown to more than 100members in just three years, reflecting a wide range of interest across geographies and sectors. Black & Veatch joins industry titans such as Air Liquide, BMW, BP, Chevron, Daimler, EDF, Engie, Marubeni, Microsoft, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Siemens, Shell, Sumitomo Corporation, Total and Toyota in the shared mission of advocating for large-scale hydrogen solutions across sectors.

Edwards will be the company’s representative on the Hydrogen Council, with Executive Vice President Jim Doull serving as the executive sponsor for Black & Veatch’s day-to-day involvement.

“As the world accelerates greener and decarbonized energy solutions, Black & Veatch sees hydrogen as a critical element that will help drive the global energy transformation,” Doullsaid. “Our commitment to using technology and innovation to advance sustainability around the globe clearly aligns with the Hydrogen Council’s mission. Together, we will embrace clean energy innovation as we work towards our shared goal of advancing the large-scale commercialization of hydrogen.”




Editor’s Notes: 
  • In 2020, Black & Veatch released Hydrogen Takes Center Stage, a free eBook focused on hydrogen’s role in decarbonizing the world’s energy systems, supply chains and heavy industries.
  • In December, the company joined the Center for Hydrogen Safety, a global nonprofit that supports and promotes the safe handling and use of hydrogen across industrial and consumer applications.
  • In December, Jason Rowell, associate vice president and global technology portfolio manager with the company’s global power business, was named to the California Hydrogen Business Council Board of Directors, a membership-based trade association that advocates for the hydrogen and fuel cell industry.
About the Hydrogen Council:

The Hydrogen Council is a global CEO-led initiative that brings together leading companies with a united vision and long-term ambition for hydrogen to foster the clean energy transition. Using its global reach to promote collaboration between governments, industry and investors, it provides guidance on accelerating the deployment of hydrogen solutions around the world. The Council believes that hydrogen has a key role to play in the global energy transition by helping to diversify energy sources worldwide, foster business and technological innovation as drivers for long-term economic growth, and decarbonise hard-to-abate sectors. The Council acts as a business marketplace, bringing together a diverse group of 109 companies based in 20+ countries and across the entire hydrogen value chain, including large multinationals, innovative SMEs, and investors. The Hydrogen Council serves as a resource for safety standards and an interlocutor for the investment community, while identifying opportunities for regulatory advocacy in key geographies. To find out more visit and follow us on Twitter @HydrogenCouncil and LinkedIn.

About Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch is an employee-owned engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company with a more than 100-year track record of innovation in sustainable infrastructure. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries by addressing the resilience and reliability of our world's most important infrastructure assets. Our revenues in 2019 were US$3.7 billion. Follow us on and on social media.

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