Sydney, Australia, 14 June 2023: Hysata has today announced that Claire O’Neill,
former UK Climate Change Minister, has joined its Global Advisory Council. Chaired by
Australia’s former Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AC, the council’s role is to provide input
into Hysata’s strategy for delivering its electrolyser globally into multiple hard-to-abate
customer segments including steelmaking, heavy transport, and the chemical industry.
Claire entered UK politics in 2007 as a policy advisor to George Osborne before becoming
an MP in 2010. She served in several Ministerial positions before becoming Climate Change
Minister and then Minister for Energy and Clean Growth where she drove the acceleration
of the UK’s Net Zero policies and investments and steered the UK’s COP26 bid and agenda.
“Claire is a tremendous addition to Hysata’s Global Advisory Council. Her extensive
knowledge of the renewable energy sector and first-hand experience developing energy
policy will be hugely valuable in guiding Hysata’s business in Europe,” said Paul Barrett,
CEO of Hysata.
“We have been making tremendous progress on our technology, building our team and
interacting with hundreds of major customers globally. We are scaling up our technology
and moving towards deployment into pilot projects and welcome Claire’s expertise to
support Hysata delivering this high efficiency electrolyser to European partners,” Barrett
“I am really excited to join the Hysata team. The company’s underlying tech position,
clear strategy and global potential all add up to a potentially game-changing acceleration
of decarbonisation solutions for the highest emitting industries,” said Claire O’Neill.
Claire has incredible passion and experience in the energy transition and is considered a
global expert on sustainability and decarbonisation with a particular focus on practical
action and the leading role of the private sector. As a Minister she implemented the UK’s
Clean Growth Strategy, negotiated the UK’s Offshore Wind Sector Deal and brought
forward the ground-breaking legislation that committed the UK to reach Net Zero
emissions by 2050.
She now co-chairs the Global Imperatives Advisory Board for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and serves as a main Board Director for Occidental Petroleum and Climate Impact X. She is also a Senior Global Advisor for Mckinsey and Company and an advisor to the international investment firm Hambro Perks.