Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer & Special Advisor to the Chairman
Richard Boocock, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Special Advisor to the Chairman, Air Products, is responsible for the company’s commercial business in India, including managing the relationship with INOX Air Products, a joint venture company. As Special Advisor to the Chairman, Mr. Boocock has leadership responsibility for a variety of functions, including generated gases; mid- and large-size cryogenic plants; environment, health, safety and quality; operational excellence; and information technology. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. Mr. Boocock holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from Birmingham University and an MBA from Henley Management College.
India is the world’s second-largest consumer of coal and has significant coal resources. In the past, availability of cost-effective coal gasification technology was a limiting factor to fully monetize these resources. Significant progress has been made on the technology front in the last decade. How will India attract foreign technology and capital for coal gasification in India? Indian coal is challenging; will coal gasification be economically viable? What global best practices can India adopt to shorten its learning curve and fast track industry development? What key infrastructure enablers are needed to create a coal gasification industry, and what role should the government play?
Hydrogen has potential to play an important role in meeting the future energy needs of transportation and power generation. The complex value chain of hydrogen as an energy source consists of production, storage, transportation, refuelling stations, fuel cell vehicles, and power generation. How can India create large scale an affordable hydrogen supply resources? How will industry collaborate to create a hydrogen energy eco-system? What policy interventions are needed?