Hydrogen production from green energy can dramatically reduce carbon footprints while enhancing reliability of supply. Water electrolysis is the only means to produce green hydrogen, and Next Hydrogen’s electrolysers were created to capture the entire output range of intermittent or fluctuating sources of electrical power, allowing for integration with renewable power generation.
Renewable Energy and Carbon Offsets
Next Hydrogen recently signed an agreement for the purchase of Green-e® certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to cover 100% of 2021 electricity used in their offices and manufacturing facilities.
The Corporation also signed an agreement to offset 2021 CO2e emissions from their natural gas use and employee travel. The offsets, which are certified by Green-e® Climate, meet the standards of the American Carbon Registry, the Climate Action Reserve, the Gold Standard or the Verified Carbon Standard.
During 2021, Next Hydrogen developed policies to strengthen their ability to manage their most material ESG risks. These include:
- Code of Business Conduct and Ethics
- Diversity Equity Inclusion and Belonging Policy
- Health Safety and Environment Policy
Executive and Board Diversity
Next Hydrogen’s commitment to building and fostering a fair and inclusive workplace is reflected in the composition of their Board of Directors and executive team. Their eight-person Board includes one woman (12.5%) and two racialized people (25%). One of their senior executives is a woman (25%) and two are racialized (50%).
Next Hydrogen seeks out vendors that offer products with a focus on sustainability. For example, the Corporation utilizes a system that allows us to minimize the environmental impacts of their office supply purchases, and their cash balances are held in a “green” deposit account that funds loans for environmentally focused projects.
Next Hydrogen has enhanced their oversight of ESG issues over the past year:
- The Board of Directors has formal responsibility for oversight of ESG matters
- The Board receives quarterly reports on ESG matters
- Operational responsibility for ESG issues has been assigned to a senior member of the executive team and the Corporation has engaged an ESG advisory firm to assist in the development and execution of their ESG strategy.
The executive team and Board are exceptionally qualified to deliver on the company’s business and ESG objectives. They bring significant business and operational expertise in, among other areas, strategy, business development, project finance, capital markets, hydrogen technology development, R&D, engineering, operations and manufacturing.