Our Global Impact

At Ballard, we consider sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG) to be an integral part of all that we do. Our products power fuel cell electric vehicles with a lower lifetime environmental impact than any other technology and deliver true zero emission mobility when fueled by green hydrogen.

Ballard has a strong commitment to the environment, as our mission is to deliver fuel cell power for a sustainable planet, and to our people, as we are striving to be a great place to work.

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In 2021, we embarked on the creation of our first stakeholder-informed ESG strategy. Built around our purpose of Here for Life™ and embodying our corporate vision, our ESG strategy is a three workstream approach to advancing foundational ESG practice and addressing the material topics most important to Ballard’s stakeholders including energy transition, greenhouse gas reduction, employee engagement, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Highlights of this year’s report include:

  • 95% annual employee retention rate
  • Increased female representation including at the board, senior leadership and management
  • ~7% reduction in overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emission intensity (tonnes CO2-e/employee) and ~19% reduction since 2019
  • 95% of platinum used in Ballard’s products is reclaimed
  • Offset 798 tonnes CO2e through investment in the Great Bear Forest Carbon Project
  • Disclosed environmental performance through CDP (previously Climate Disclosure Project)
Product Life Cycle

The Life Cycle of a Ballard Fuel Cell

It is important to quantify and minimize the greenhouse emissions associated with the production of hydrogen fuel cell technologies. To this end, we have completed Life Cycle Assessments on some of our core products. We started our assessment with “cradle-to-gate” – covering a fuel cell module’s GHG profile from the extraction of raw materials until it leaves our shipping dock.

Supporting a Circular Economy

Ballard is a supporter of the principles of circular economy, an economy that builds economic, natural, and social capital by designing out waste and pollution, and keeping products and materials in use. We work to reduce waste in our operations, and to reuse the materials in our products when the products reach end-of-life.



Circular Economy


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2021 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report Read more... 

2021 Ballard CDP Disclosure Report.

2020 Ballard Sustainability Report

2020 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report Read more... 

2020 Ballard CDP Disclosure Report. Download here

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2019 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report

2019 Ballard CDP Disclosure Report. Download here

 Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for a sustainable future

Sustainable mobility with Ballard technology

Refurbishing  Fuel cell refurbishing, recycling & platinum recovery
Fuel cell life cycle assessment   Fuel Cell Life Cycle Assessment - FCveloCity®-HD Module for Heavy Duty Motive Applications Read more...


Want to learn more? Contact us at sustainability@ballard.com

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