Community Engagement

The Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub (MACH2™) team is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has encouraged the group to submit a full application for the Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs Program.

Ensuring Collaboration and Community Involvement

To ensure effective alignment with community needs and emerging environmental justice concerns that affect daily lives, MACH2™ leaders will recruit regional environmental justice groups and climate leaders. Active engagement with such stakeholders will be a key component of MACH2™. Initial efforts to engage and seek input from the communities have occurred.

Help lead the way in the clean energy transition.

Community Benefits Plan

MACH2™ will take full advantage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s transformational investment in infrastructure to drive creation of well-paying jobs, including union jobs, directly address the climate crisis through decarbonization strategies, and ensure stronger access to economic and environmental benefits for disadvantaged communities in our region. Per 2021 census data, MACH2’s geographic area represents nearly 4 million residents that stand to benefit from both the short- and long-term impact of this work. Recent estimates show that within PA and NJ, 600,000+ people are employed within the natural gas and oil industry and stand to benefit from reskilling, workforce development, and career advancement opportunities associated with growing and emerging clean energy industries.

Beyond that, end users SEPTA and DART boast a combined annual ridership of 230 million and employ nearly 4,000 individuals, representing an immediate and wide-ranging set of environmental and individual benefits throughout the region. This population density is coupled with a continued decrease in demand for petroleum fuels for ground, aviation, and marine transportation, necessitating retraining of former refinery workers and other laborers in related fields who are currently dependent on petroleum or other refinery jobs.

We are also working with educational institutions that share in our commitment to developing equitable and inclusive career pathways for students. By collaborating with community colleges, HBCUs, and other training providers to develop micro-credentialing, stackable credential programs, and apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships in addition to 2- to 4-year degrees, we are encouraging a diverse workforce while making these careers more accessible to jobseekers from different backgrounds and education levels.


According to the 2021 Census, MACH2’s geographic area represents nearly 4 million residents


People who are employed within the natural gas and oil industry in the region

John Carney
“This is a proposal for companies and entities in Delaware and our neighbor states to lead in the production and use of clean hydrogen, which is a fuel that could reduce air emissions, drive down pollution, and create a new generation of good jobs. If successful in winning this federal designation as a hydrogen hub, our region can help show the way to a cleaner energy future for our country.”

Delaware Gov. John Carney