Container shipping giant Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Group has joined global industrial hydrogen fuel advocacy body the Hydrogen Council as a steering member
As a steering member of the CEO-led Hydrogen Group, MSC chief executive Soren Toft, appointed in December 2020, will work with CEOs from over 100 companies located in more than 20 countries to push for faster research and development of clean hydrogen fuel and applications.
A statement from MSC said the move is part of its wider push to decarbonise through steps including using biofuels as a blended marine fuel.
“MSC is actively engaging with a wide range of stakeholders to accelerate the development of clean hydrogen fuels for shipping. The future of shipping and decarbonisation will rely on strong partnerships from both the perspective of technology collaboration and procurement. There must be a massive injection of energy and capital into R&D efforts to bring alternative fuels and alternative propulsion technologies to the marketplace to decarbonise all industries in the longer term. Initiatives such as the Hydrogen Council provide just the right platform to accelerate R&D, as well as to facilitate cross-industry collaboration,” said MSC Group executive vice president, Maritime Policy & Government Affairs, Bud Darr.
The Hydrogen Council describes itself as a global CEO-led initiative that brings together companies with a long-term ambition for hydrogen to foster the clean energy transition.
MSC said it contributes actively to the work of industry groups and associations, as well as initiatives such as the Hydrogen Council to facilitate cross-sector information sharing.
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