The Executive Director is the legal representative of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU). He is the chief executive responsible for the implementation of the Joint Undertaking, in accordance with the decisions of the Governing Board. The Executive Director and the Programme Office are in charge of the day-to-day management of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.
"We need to keep working together, to keep seeking improvements and innovations, and to make these technologies mainstream."
Bart Biebuyck was appointed Executive Director as of 16.05.2016
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In 2015, the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change set out the most ambitious climate deal in history. It sets a target to maintain the average global temperature increase well below 2 degrees C, which makes a fundamental energy transition more crucial than ever. The European Union also defines climate and energy policy as one of the most prominent priorities in its Energy Union strategy. In this context, affordable, clean and secure energy is something that Europe’s citizens have come to expect. And achieving these goals in a sustainable way requires technologies that reduce energy dependency and emissions whilst enabling us to use more renewable energy.
The impact of FCH technologies upon a greener world
In this context, fuel cells and hydrogen technologies constitute a significant opportunity to move away from fossil fuels in the energy and transport sectors. They allow to introduce more renewables in our energy system and develop sector coupling.
To secure the greatest benefits from fuel cells and hydrogen for society and economic growth, we need to make people more aware of the availability of these green technologies and the added value they offer for everyday life.
Citizens can already step on to a fuel cell bus and enjoy a journey free of noise and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. They can refuel their cars in less than five minutes and travel up to 700 km on a single tank without producing any greenhouse gases. Homes and businesses can produce heat and electricity more efficiently while reducing CO2 emissions by at least 30%, and in some cases by up to 80%.
Making hydrogen and fuel cells an everyday life
FCH technologies are now entering the market. A concerted effort from public and private partners in necessary to boost innovation and trigger large-scale deployment. And the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is a catalyst for sustainable energy and transport by securing a productive partnership between the European Commission, industry and the research sector.