David Cebon & Johanne Whitmore

Members, Hydrogen Science Coalition

About David Cebon & Johanne Whitmore

David Cebon is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in Cambridge University and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is Director of the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight and leads Cambridge University Engineering Department’s Transport Research Group and the Department’s research theme ‘Energy, Transport and Urban Infrastructure’. Professor Cebon’s research covers the mechanical, civil, and materials aspects of road transport engineering. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 peer reviewed papers on the dynamics, safety, and environmental performance of heavy goods vehicles. He has a strong current focus on energy vectors.

Johanne Whitmore is a Senior Researcher at the Chair of Energy Sector Management at HEC Montréal. She is an energy systems and management specialist. Her research focuses on the effectiveness of measures to achieve the energy transition and decarbonization of economies, and the application of circular economy strategies to achieve this. She has been involved in research on these issues for nearly 20 years, and her expertise is used in the private, government and academic sectors. She was vice-president of Transition énergétique Québec’s Stakeholders Table and a member of the scientific committee of the first study measuring the circularity of Quebec’s economy.

She has authored numerous studies, including the annual State of Energy in Quebec. In 2020, she received the distinction of Inspiring Women in Energy from the Electric Power Industry of Quebec. Before joining HEC Montréal, she worked as a Senior Climate and Energy Policy Analyst with the Pembina Institute, focusing on Alberta and federal initiatives. She holds a Master’s degree in Science (environmental geography) from the University of Ottawa and specialized training in Management and Sustainable Development from HEC Montréal.

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Hydrogen's role in the energy transition to 2050—Three evidenced-based recommendations

Hydrogen has morphed from a targeted solution to a “silver bullet” for the energy transition. But policymakers shouldn't get caught up in the hype warn David Cebon & Johanne Whitmore, who share recommendations to ensure hydrogen plays its valuable role in the energy transition without derailing progress towards net zero. Banner image: Shutterstock/3rdtimeluckystudio

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