The Monaco Hydrogen Alliance, the Monaco-based non-profit association focused on promoting the use of renewable hydrogen
in transportation, held the first edition of its annual Monaco Hydrogen Forum on November 21-22, 2022 in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II.
The two-day gathering, the first of its kind anywhere in the world, was attended by over 200 participants from 31 countries, including the notable participations of: Bernard Fautrier, Special Advisor of Prince Albert II, Monaco, Celine Caron-Dagioni, Minister of Public Works, Environment and Planning, Monaco, Jean-Baptiste Djebarri, former Minister of Transportation and Chair,Hopium, France, Alicia Eastman, President, InterContinental Energy, Olivier Wenden, Vice-President and CEO, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Roland Kaeppner, Executive Director, Green Fuels and Hydrogen, ENOWA.NEOM, Saudi Arabia, Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Vice Chair, Monaco Hydrogen Alliance, Emanuele Lauro, President, Chambre Monegasque of Shipping and CEO, Scorpio, Monaco, Jonas Moberg, CEO, Green Hydrogen Organisation, Switzerland, Katsuhiko Hirose, CEO HyWealth, Japan, Elise Zoli, Partner, Wilson Sonsini, USA, Kasongo Numbi Kashemuka, Expert Advisor to the Presidency on Hydrogen, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Gokce Mete, Co-Initiator, Hydrogen for Net Zero Initiative, Germany.
The high-level discussions at the Monaco Hydrogen Forum focused on tangible ways to advance the use of renewable hydrogen to clean up land, air and sea transportation.
Workshops led by groups such as the Alliance’s research partner Geneva Graduate Institute as well as teams of experts from consulting groups Deloitte and McKinsey and Company centred on two critical aspects pertaining to the theme of “Moving the World with Green Hydrogen”: advancing innovation in the field of renewable hydrogen and transportation, and building a supporting ecosystem – including regulatory, societal, financial, and legal – to ensure effective implementation before the end of the decade.
With this incredibly successful inaugural edition of the Monaco Hydrogen Forum we have launched a global movement to accelerate the development and use of renewable hydrogen as a 100 percent clean fuel for transportation.” John Rossant, President, Monaco
Hydrogen Alliance said.
The Forum was also the occasion to award the inaugural Monaco Prize for Innovation in Renewable Hydrogen and Transportation.
Launched in partnership with Strategic Partner ENOWA in the Spring of 2022, the global competition assessed 52 solutions from 16 countries. During the Forum, some eight finalist organisations were invited to pitch their solutions in front of the Prize s Jury:
Genevos/France; Hydrox Holdings/South Africa, Hysilabs/France, Hyon/Norway, Gaussin/France, Green Independence /Italy, Zesst
by Almatech/Switzerland, Helion by Alstom /France.
The jury was composed of: John Rossant, President of the Monaco Hydrogen Alliance, Roland Kaeppner, Executive Director of Green Fuels and Hydrogen, ENOWA, Emanuele Lauro, President, Monaco Chamber of Shipping, David Morant, Director of the Supervisory Board, Belfast Maritime Forum, Yasmeen Najm, Innovation Manager, Green Fuels and Hydrogen, ENOWA, Elise Zoli, Partner Energy and Climate Solutions, Wilson and Sonsini.
Genevos was awarded the Monaco Prize for Innovation in Renewable Hydrogen and Transportation by HSH Prince Albert II; Gaussin was granted second place, with a special distinction for “Cross-sector Adaptability Solution!; Hydrox Holdings was granted third place,
with a special distinction for “Emerging Technology Solution!
Upon delivering the Prize, Prince Albert II said “We need to move forward to find solutions. Hydrogen is one of the solutions.”
John Rossant, President of the Monaco Hydrogen Alliance, declared: “With this incredibly successful inaugural edition of the Monaco Hydrogen Forum we have launched a globalmovement to accelerate the development and use of renewable hydrogen as a 100 percent clean fuel for transportation. Indeed, the Alliance is the first global platform exclusively dedicated to transportation and green hydrogen, where industry leaders and experts and top policymakers from around the world can unite to work together for a cleaner and more sustainable world by advancing the use of hydrogen in transportation.”
Rossant added: “There is no more fitting place in the world for this important high-level discussion than Monaco, whose head of state Prince Albert II has long been a courageous voice to advance sustainability, biodiversity and protection of the world’s oceans.”
PHOTO: HSH Prince Albert with hydrogen energy heavy hitters © Prince’s Palace