At COP15, 16 National Associations Say Major Hydrogen Programs Can Reduce Climate Change

Copenhagen, Denmark—30 November 2009—Today, a coalition of 16 associations from around the world issued a joint statement to underscore how hydrogen technologies can help to curb global greenhouse gas emissions.

Copenhagen, Denmark—30 November 2009—Today, a coalition of 16 associations from around the world issued a joint statement to underscore how hydrogen technologies can help to curb global greenhouse gas emissions. The statement, addressed to the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change, Yvo de Boer, points out many significant benefits to the environment and other areas including the elimination of 80% of the emissions from light duty vehicles, according to studies by Japan, the European Union and United States.


"The significant investments by national governments and private companies around the world have resulted in rapid technology advancements recently compared to just a few years ago," said Terry Kimmel, Chairman of the Partnership for Advancing the Transition to Hydrogen (PATH). "And as recently as a couple months ago, several countries like Japan and Germany made large commitments to take advantage of these advancements by investing in hydrogen infrastructure, while the United States continues to support technology development and deployment. Each country around the world has something to gain from using hydrogen technologies and the global community will benefit from the resulting reduction of greenhouse gases."

"In addition to hydrogen's ability to replace or more cleanly use carbon-based fuels, hydrogen technologies encourage the widespread use of renewable energy," added Jeffrey Serfass, PATH's General Manager. "Hydrogen provides so many benefits and works cooperatively with such a wide variety of alternative energy technologies, no national government can afford to leave hydrogen out of its climate change plans."

In addition to this statement, PATH is participating in today's Bridge to Hydrogen event, organized by the European Hydrogen Association. The event is showcasing the latest hydrogen vehicles next to battery electric cars and second generation biofuel vehicles. The Parade will conclude at the Danish Parliament where executives of the main fuel cell vehicle and hydrogen infrastructure companies will present their plans for the future.

The statement can be downloaded at http://hpath.org/

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About the Partnership for Advancing the Transition to Hydrogen (PATH)
The Partnership for Advancing the Transition to Hydrogen (PATH) is a not-for-profit international coalition of hydrogen associations that seeks international cooperation to help advance the transition to hydrogen as a carbon-free energy carrier and a solution to environmental and energy issues. PATH was established in 2002 in collaboration with the governments and national hydrogen associations of Canada, Japan and the United States. Today, members of the 16 PATH associations represent 39% of the world's population and 76% of the world's gross domestic product. www.hpath.org

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