Hydrogen BC welcomes release of British Columbia Hydrogen Strategy
July 6, 2021
VANCOUVER — Hydrogen BC welcomes the British Columbia Hydrogen Strategy announced today by the Honourable Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. Building on the 2019 British Columbia Hydrogen Study, the Strategy will create economic opportunities across the Province while helping achieve its CleanBC climate targets.
In his comments following the announcement, the Minister noted that advances in fuel cell technology, in clean hydrogen production and in global policy – including zero-emission commitments – can make hydrogen and fuel cells a viable choice today.
“BC companies have been at the forefront of hydrogen and fuel cell deployments around the globe,” says Mark Kirby, President and CEO of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA), the parent association of Hydrogen BC. “The BC Strategy will spur deployments, reduce GHG emissions and ensure BC companies maintain their leadership.”
The British Columbia Hydrogen Strategy is a blueprint that will guide the development of BC’s hydrogen economy. Hydrogen is a key decarbonization pathway for meeting the Province’s climate targets through 2050, with the potential to reduce the equivalent of 7.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, or 11% of BC’s baseline emissions level of 2018.
Colin Armstrong, President and CEO of HTEC and Chair of Hydrogen BC added, “Our industry is united in its efforts to accelerate the commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. We welcome the BC Strategy which provides a greater foundation for collaboration among Hydrogen BC’s diverse members, all who are progressing a wide variety of initiatives to build the low carbon future we want to live in and leave behind for future generations.”
The Strategy promotes, incentivizes and supports the production, use and export of hydrogen from British Columbia’s world-class hydrogen and fuel cell cluster whose exports include process equipment, fueling infrastructure, and fuel cells powering 4,500 heavy duty vehicles (buses and commercial trucks) worldwide.
About the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA)
The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) is a national association that supports industry, academia, government agencies, financial organizations and other stakeholders focused on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and products. As the collective voice of Canada’s world-leading hydrogen and fuel cell sector, the CHFCA’s mission is to strengthen Canadian leadership, raise awareness of the benefits of the technology, and accelerate the adoption of its members’ products and services in Canada and abroad. The CHFCA currently has more than 100 members across Canada and two regional branches in British Columbia and Quebec. CHFCA can be followed on Twitter at @PoweringNow and visited at www.chfca.ca.
About Hydrogen BC
Hydrogen BC is a branch of the CHFCA that supports the commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technology in British Columbia. Comprising companies in the hydrogen and fuel cell ecosystems including producers, manufacturers, transporters, integrators and end users, research organizations and stakeholders, and supported by the provincial government, Hydrogen BC focuses on communications, advocacy, partnerships, deployments and safety.
Branch Manager, Hydrogen BC