We are on the eve of a colossal world effort in response to the greatest challenge the world has ever faced: combatting global warming and realising the energy transition this necessitates.
Human-caused emissions of CO2, nitrogen and particulates as a result of the use of such fossil fuels as coal, oil and natural gas is regarded by science as the foremost cause of global warming and the deterioration of air quality. Despite the demonstrated dangers of using fossil fuels, their worldwide consumption continues to increase year on year in response to the energy requirements of society and the economy, driven by increasing prosperity.
Sea-levels are rising, glaciers and the ice caps in Greenland and Antarctica are melting, the sea ice at the North Pole is rapidly disappearing and the permafrost in the area round the North Pole is thawing.
All around the world, extreme weather conditions are occurring in rapidly increasing frequency, resulting in torrential rainfall and flooding on the one hand and intense drought conditions on the other. Dangerous storms have enormously increased in both size and number, heat waves keep striking in areas where they are not expected and the average global temperature keeps rising.
World-wide far-reaching measures are called for. Otherwise, one sorry day, we shall realise, too late, that we have failed. If we are to free ourselves from our dependency on fossil fuels and its devastating consequences, we must find an alternative way to meet our energy needs. And that alternative exists.
Nature has provided us with numerous energy sources – both harmful ones, such as coal, oil and gas, and clean ones, such as the wind and the sun. But there is yet another, hydrogen: limitless and everywhere, a tremendous energy resource, producible anywhere and, when consumed, without any harmful emissions. Clearly the preferable alternative to fossil fuels, it can be used in all sectors of society and the economy.