Globally engaged platform to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in the clean hydrogen community worldwide

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, and in partnership with the Hydrogen Council, the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE) today announced the launch of the H2-DEIA platform at the Hydrogen Americas Summit in Washington D.C.

Committed to increasing diverse representation and building a culture of inclusion and equity, H2-DEIA serves a global purpose—uniting governments, industry, academia, non-profit organizations, research institutes, capital investors, and the broader stakeholder community to help shape a skilled, diverse workforce for the clean hydrogen industry. Recognizing the importance of assessing workforce needs—particularly technical knowledge and capabilities unique to the field of clean hydrogen—H2-DEIA supports various initiatives to: identify skill gaps; address challenges faced by underrepresented groups; and strengthen the recruitment, retention, and advancement of clean hydrogen professionals.

"It is important for DOE to lead by example here at home—embracing and promoting the principles of DEIA in everything we do and encouraging our stakeholders to do the same," said Jeff Marootian, principal deputy assistant secretary for DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. "We are grateful to have our international partners on this journey, and it sends a strong, positive message that IPHE members have signed on to this bold new initiative."

"We are pleased to partner with the Hydrogen Council and our government counterparts across the international community," said IPHE vice chair and director of DOE's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, Dr. Sunita Satyapal. "The H2-DEIA vision strongly aligns with U.S. efforts to ensure our clean energy future is rooted in diversity, equity, and inclusion." Dr. Satyapal has also served as IPHE chair, and during that time, she co-founded IPHE's Early Career Network, which now has members from 40 countries. The Early Career Network, mentor programs, career development webinars, and other offerings will be available through the global H2-DEIA website. IPHE's vision is to help other like-minded organizations connect with all these resources.

IPHE is a government partnership comprising dozens of countries along with the European Commission; the Hydrogen Council is a global coalition of CEOs representing nearly 150 hydrogen-related companies.