Platinum the key to clean air

Johannesburg, Sunday, 8 October 2017. Northam chief executive Paul Dunne today added the company’s voice to the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association’s (FCHEA) campaign to help raise awareness of clean energy technology.

The FCHEA in the United States, other industry bodies and federal governments will be marking the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day with various activities throughout the country.

Against the background of climate change, and spurred by developments at the World Economic Forum and the Paris agreement on climate change at COP21, governments worldwide are being urged to support investment in technology to provide cleaner and more efficient sources of power in the industrial, commercial and residential sectors.

Referring to the automobile sector, Dunne commented, “Now that fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) have moved firmly into the commercial phase, government policy is required to serve as a guideline for a national development and implementation plan.

“At the same time,” Dunne added, “the traditional internal combustion engines which are fitted with PGM-bearing emission-reducing catalysts, will continue to ensure that increasingly stringent emissions standards can be met.

“The key is PGMs – their application in these technologies has an enormously beneficial impact on the environment.

“As a reliable and growing producer of these precious metals, we at Northam are committed to continue to supply PGMs into a market which seeks to enhance the quality of the global environment.” Dunne concluded.

Distributed by R&A Strategic Communications

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FCHEA is the trade association dedicated to the commercialization of fuel cells and hydrogen energy technologies. For more information, visit