Air Liquide has become an Official Supporter in hydrogen, as part of a partnership with Paris 2024 to contribute to reducing the event’s carbon emissions. The Group will supply hydrogen of renewable origin to power some of the vehicles of Paris 2024’s official fleet. This partnership reflects Paris 2024’s ambition to “organize more sustainable Games”.
In keeping with the event’s environmental ambitions, Air Liquide and the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games have signed a partnership to supply hydrogen for vehicles transporting athletes and officials. Several hundred hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai, the official vehicle of Paris 2024, will be filled with hydrogen supplied by Air Liquide. This hydrogen will be of renewable origin, meaning that it will be produced from water electrolysis or biomethane with guarantees of origin.
Given that transport accounts for a quarter (24%1) of global CO2 emissions, the climate emergency requires a range of solutions, including hydrogen of renewable origin. It offers real advantages, including a great range and minimal charging times, for heavy and intensive transport, like taxis and the vehicles in Paris 2024’s official fleet that will be in continuous use.
As a world leader in hydrogen production, Air Liquide will draw on the expertise it has developed over 60 years and its low-carbon and renewable hydrogen production capacities. The Group is currently launching, piloting and developing some of the most important projects around the world to decarbonize industry and transport. To accelerate the development of hydrogen as part of the energy transition, Air Liquide has committed to developing a total installed electrolysis capacity of 3 gigawatts by 2030.
Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024, explains:
To ensure that we achieve our goal of making these Games more sustainable in response to climate change, we’ve rethought all the major features of the Games. By supplying hydrogen of renewable origin for the vehicles for athletes and officials, Air Liquide will help us reduce the carbon footprint of the Games. Thanks, Air Liquide, for your commitment as an Official Supporter of Paris 2024. We’re thrilled to have you on board!
François Jackow, Chief Executive Officer of the Air Liquide Group, adds:
Air Liquide and Paris 2024 share the same ambition: implementing concrete solutions to meet the challenge of climate change. That’s what our partnership is all about. Beyond the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024, this partnership will accelerate the wide-scale adoption of hydrogen to decarbonize heavy and intensive transport, including taxis. The challenge is huge, and it is only by working together that we will succeed!
Air Liquide’s contribution to the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024 in brief:
- Air Liquide will supply the hydrogen for some of the vehicles in Paris 2024’s official fleet – several hundred hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai cars.
- The hydrogen supplied by Air Liquide will be of renewable origin, meaning that it will be produced from water electrolysis or biomethane with guarantees of origin.