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Conferences & Events

As the world's largest hydrogen producer, Air Products is delighted to participate in hydrogen and energy transition conferences and events where we can showcase our leadership as a first mover in world-scale low- and zero-carbon hydrogen projects and innovation. We engage with individuals, including customers, political stakeholders, and energy influencers, who play a pivotal role in shaping and leveraging policy to harness hydrogen's role in the energy transition.

See highlights of conferences and events where we’ve shared our expertise, and find out where we're headed next.

Ivo Bols

President of Europe and Africa

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“Hydrogen requires the skills to handle it competently and safely, something Air Products can offer due to decades of experience in safe production, transport and distribution. This proven track record allows us to quickly take a leading role in key hydrogen markets.”
Mr. Bols speaking at the Financial Times Hydrogen Conference in London

Air Products has showcased it’s thought leadership and first-mover role in the field of hydrogen and the energy transition at multiple events across Europe. Have a look at the most recent events to learn more.

World Hydrogen Summit

Air Products was proud to be the headline sponsor of the World Hydrogen Summit which took place in Rotterdam in May 2023. Ivo Bols, Air Products President Europe & Africa, delivered the opening keynote, which positioned hydrogen as a low-carbon energy source that will allow us to generate a cleaner, more sustainable future.

Caroline Stancell, Air Products General Manager for Hydrogen for Mobility, Europe & Africa, participated in a panel discussion titled 'An Outlook for Hydrogen's Future' and discussed mid to long-term goals, opportunities, bottlenecks, and strategies for accelerating the hydrogen industry.

In addition to our speaking opportunities at the C-Level summit, our executives also engaged in several meetings with key stakeholders from the European Commission to advance our hydrogen business. 

The Air Products team also had a fantastic booth in the exhibition space that showcased our hydrogen capabilities to potential prospects. Erwan Bruneau, delivered a presentation in the H2 Tech Series which also helped increase our engagement and presence at the event.

IEFA Conference of Paris

Ivo Bols, Air Products’ President for Europe & Africa, participated in a Fireside Chat at the International Economic
Forum of the Americas Conference, which took place in Paris from December 15-16, 2022. The discussion, moderated by Matthew Dalton, reporter at The Wall Street Journal, focused on decarbonisation of the global energy landscape.

IAA Transportation Conference in Hanover

During the IAA Transportation conference in Hanover, international opinion leaders from all relevant sectors discussed current challenges and presented their solutions and visions for global and regional transport in the future. Caroline Stancell, general manager Hydrogen for Mobility, Europe & Africa, held a keynote speech on hydrogen infrastructure, Air Products' hydrogen projects, and solutions showcasing our first-mover role in the field of hydrogen for mobility and industry.

Financial Times Hydrogen Summit in London

Air Products Europe & Africa President Ivo Bols participated in the "Industrial Gas and the Clean Energy Revolution" panel at the Financial Times Hydrogen Summit in London (June 2022) along with:

  • Neil Hume, Natural Resources Editor, Financial Times (Moderator) 
  • Philippe Peccard, VP – Clean Energy, Linde
  • John Raquet, CEO & Founder, Gas World
  • John Raquet, CEO & Founder, Gas World
  • José Ramon Calvo, Marketing Director, Nippon Gases

The panel talked about whether industrial gas companies will take a lead in the hydrogen economy or whether a traditional focus on working as subcontractors for oil and gas companies will limit their participation.

Reuters Hydrogen Conference in Amsterdam

Ivo Bols, Air Products Europe & Africa President, participated in the "Capitalizing on the Momentum Behind Hydrogen" panel during the Reuters Hydrogen 2022 Conference in Amsterdam (June 2022). Other panelists included:

  • François Paquet, Impact Director, Renewable Hydrogen Coalition (Moderator) 
  • André Pina, Director of Strategy & Origination, Hydrogen Business Unit, EDP
  • Andrea Lovato, Global Head of Hydrogen, Acting Head of Renewable Development, ACWA Power

During the session, panelists discussed how excitement around the hydrogen economy can be harnessed to influence policy, discourse, and transform the energy landscape. "Policies supporting both domestic production & import of hydrogen will underpin European ambitions to decarbonize the industry and heavy-duty mobility and achieve the climate objectives. To accelerate the energy transition, the industry needs clarity on the hydrogen regulatory landscape, funding possibilities & permitting to make decisions in the coming months, rather than years," said Mr. Bols.

World Hydrogen Summit in Rotterdam

During the World Hydrogen Summit (May 2022), more than 400 international professionals from the hydrogen industry, policy makers, and communities gathered in Rotterdam. Ivo Bols, Air Products President Europe & Africa, participated on a panel about the creation and development of Global Hydrogen Supply Chains together with:

  • Philip Green, Australian Ambassador to Germany (Moderator) 
  • Alannah MacTiernan, Western Australia’s Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Food, and Hydrogen Industry 
  • Martijn Coopman, Program Manager Hydrogen International at Port of Rotterdam

During his presentation and panel discussion, Mr. Bols stated that, as a society, we urgently need hydrogen. Climate change and the new geopolitical reality require us to drastically accelerate the clean energy transition and Europe's energy diversification. Mr. Bols also emphasised that Air Products is a first mover in the development of these global supply chains, with projects such as the Green Hydrogen Filling Station for Trucks in Rotterdam and the NEOM Green Hydrogen Project.

COP26 in Glasgow

Air Products was proud to be the headline partner of the Climate Action's Hydrogen Transition Summit during COP26 (November 2021). Our Chairman, President and CEO Seifi Ghasemi delivered the opening keynote speech, which positioned hydrogen as the energy source for the future and highlighted what governments can do to help further stimulate the transition to green energy.

Ivo Bols, Air Products President for Europe and Africa, participated in a Climate Leaders Live Fireside Chat at the Hydrogen Transition Summit where he discussed the steps needed to build a hydrogen economy and the speed at which a hydrogen economy can be established.

Mr. Bols also sat on a panel at the Sustainable Innovation Forum titled, "Where to look for 'Game Changers' in the Hydrogen Economy." Other panelists included Kim McCann, Head of Sustainability, Global Industrials and Manufacturing at PA Consulting; Lord Adair Turner, Chair of the Energy Transitions Commission; and Jochen Steinbauer, Platform Director H2 Technologies at Siemens Mobility. During the session, the panelists talked about the innovation and technological acceleration needed to make a hydrogen economy work for heavy industry and transport, as well as what is needed to make hydrogen technology more efficient and workable.

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