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Constitution of China hydrogen energy alliance


Charter of China Hydrogen Alliance 

Chapter 1 General Rules

Article 1 Chinese name: 中国氢能源及燃料电池产业创新战略联盟(中国氢能联盟. English name: National Alliance of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell ( China Hydrogen Alliance for short and the “Alliance” in the Charter).

Article 2 Nature: The Alliance is a non-profit organization voluntarily initiated and organized by the enterprises, colleges, universities, research institutions, investment institutions and other organizations positively devoting themselves to hydrogen energy and fuel cell industry development in China.

Article 3 Mission: The Alliance is committed to becoming a national high-end exchange and cooperation platform, trying to promote interdisciplinary, multi-industry and trans-department collaborative innovation, resources integration, application promotion, communication and publicity of hydrogen energy and fuel cell industry in China, and make contribution to the industrial development of hydrogen energy and the construction of hydrogen energy society in China.

Article 4 The Alliance shall abide by applicable laws, regulations and policies of the People’s Republic of China, and implement applicable national policies for industrial development.

Chapter 2 Responsibilities and Missions

Article 5 Responsibilities Orientation

(I) Study the development pattern of hydrogen energy and fuel cell industry with Chinese characteristics, and provide corresponding policy suggestions and intellectual supports for the state to formulate hydrogen energy and fuel cell development strategies and implementation schemes;

(II) Make overall plans and coordinate all members to construct a national-level united laboratory, and promote the research and development of key hydrogen energy and fuel cell technologies;

(III) Promote the construction of national and local “hydrogen energy and fuel cell application demonstration region ”, and advocate the establishment of standards for hydrogen energy and fuel cell equipment manufacturing and application technologies in China;

(IV) Promote resource sharing among all members, complement each other's advantages, share their achievements, and support the members’ industrial technology innovation and demonstration project investment & construction;

(V) Improve the public’s cognition of hydrogen energy through effective publicity, form a social atmosphere in favor of hydrogen energy development in China, and promote the establishment of hydrogen energy society;

Article 6 Chief Missions

(I) Coordinate and promote comprehensive plan for hydrogen energy production, storage, transportation and hydrogen infrastructure network, and organize to participate in the construction of technical route and system for application of domestic hydrogen energy and fuel cell.

(II) Promote the development of hydrogen energy and fuel cell equipment manufacturing industry and the application of relevant technologies in fields like national defense, automotive power, distributed energy and stored energy equipment.

(III) Positively explore and solve key problems in industrial promotion of hydrogen energy and fuel cell, and enhance the technical basis for industrial development;

(IV) Set up a platform for the financing institutions (e.g. venture capital fund and industrial investment fund) to participate in the construction of hydrogen energy and fuel cell industry development & cooperation platform, and provide complete financial supports for constructing relevant industry chain demonstration and business projects;

(V) Promote the construction of several innovation centers (including hydrogen energy and fuel cell), and organize personnel concerned to undertake national key and special projects and local science & technology projects;

(VI) Undertake and promote relevant missions, including the plans of the state and demonstration cities for hydrogen energy and fuel cell industry, standard establishment, technology promotion and policy advisory;

(VII) Plan and prepare for the establishment of a hydrogen energy and fuel cell industry information data platform, release the White Paper on China Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Industry every year, make detailed analysis on the current industrial technology, market and policy situation as well as the principal orientation and significant tendency of future development, and put forward corresponding policy suggestions for promoting industrial development.

(VIII) Coordinate all members to jointly hold China hydrogen energy industry annual summit forum and industrial exhibition, convene interested parties to thoroughly discuss industrial development, and show the new achievements in the hydrogen energy and fuel cell industry to all sectors of society;

(IX) Promote the construction of hydrogen energy and fuel cell industry talents cultivation base and popular science education base;

(X) Coordinate and organize all members to positively participate in international hydrogen energy and fuel cell industry exchange and cooperation.

Chapter 3 Membership of the Alliance

Article 7 The legal entity membership system is implemented in the Alliance. According to different responsibilities and different rights, alliance members can be divided into member units, council units and executive council units.

Article 8 The legal entity in compliance with the following conditions may apply for the membership of the Alliance:

(I) Have relatively strong R&D, production, application and promotion capability in the field of hydrogen energy and fuel cell, and have certain performance and industrial influence;

(II) Have independent legal corporate qualification, and have the will to join the Alliance and contribute to hydrogen energy and fuel cell industry development in China;

(III) Support and abide by the Charter of the Alliance, positively perform the obligations, and justly exercise the rights as a member.

Article 9 The legal entity in compliance with the three conditions listed in Article 8 and invited by the Alliance or jointly recommended by five executive council units or above may apply for becoming a council unit of the Alliance.

Article 10 Executive council units of the Alliance include council president units and vice president units. The president units shall be elected by the Council. In principle, the vice president units shall be elected by the Council. During the adjournment of the Council, the legal entity in compliance with the three conditions listed in Article 8 and invited by the Alliance or jointly recommended by 50% of executive council units or above may apply for becoming a vice president unit.

Article 11 Application Procedure for Membership of the Alliance

(I) Submit an application form to the Secretariat;

(II) Report to the Standing Council for approval after first review by the Secretariat;

(III) Approve the application for membership by the Standing Council;

(IV) Sign an agreement to join in the Alliance and pay membership dues;

(V) Issue a membership certificate by the Alliance.

Article 12 Application Procedure for Membership of a Council Unit of the Alliance

(I) Be invited by the Alliance or jointly recommended by five executive council units or above, and submit an application form to the Secretariat;

(II) Report to the Standing Council for approval after first review by the Secretariat;

(III) Approve its application for the membership of a council unit by the Standing Council;

(IV) Sign an agreement to join in the Alliance and pay membership dues;

(V) Issue a membership certificate by the Alliance.

Article 13 Application Procedure for Membership of a Vice President Unit of the Alliance

(I) Be invited by the Alliance or jointly recommended by 50% of executive council units or above, and submit an application form to the Secretariat;

(II) Report to the Standing Council for approval after first review by the Secretariat;

(III) Approve its application for the membership of a vice president unit by the Standing Council;

(IV) Sign an agreement to join in the Alliance and pay membership dues;

(V) Issue a membership certificate by the Alliance.

Article 14 Rights and Obligations of Alliance Members

(I) Rights

1. Obtain free of charge information and messages issued by the Alliance to all members;

2. Attend free of charge all meetings organized by the Alliance for all members;

3. Undertake the cooperative projects entrusted by governments, enterprises and organizations to the Alliance;

4. Be invited to attend the Council and the Standing Council, and participate in study and discussion of significant matters of the Alliance;

5. Supervise various kinds of work of the Alliance in accordance with applicable national laws and regulations;

6. Join and withdraw from the Alliance voluntarily.

(II) Obligations

1. Abide by the Charter of the Alliance and other applicable rules and regulations, implement all decisions made by the Alliance, maintain the Alliance’s lawful rights and interests, and not slander or distort the Alliance’s opinions;

2. Keep the confidentiality of the information and materials compiled and issued by the Alliance and its subordinate organizations;

3. Not organize or participate in, in the name of the Alliance, various activities irrelevant to the Alliance without permission;

4. Not diffuse dedicated services for its members without the Alliance’s consent or cause any damage to the Alliance’s interest;

5. Recommend one liaison to the Secretariat, and provide in time the information and performance materials for publicity and filing;

6. Pay membership dues on schedule and in full amount.

Article 15 Rights and Obligations of Council Units of the Alliance

Besides the rights and obligations listed in Article 14, the council units also have the following rights and obligations:

(I) Rights

1. Have the priority to participate in various activities planned by the Alliance free of charge;

2. Have the priority to undertake the cooperative projects entrusted by the government, enterprises and organizations to the Alliance;

3. Have the priority application for the use of the project results developed in the name of the Alliance;

4. Recommend one representative as member of the Council of the Alliance, attend the Council of the Alliance, and discuss and vote significant policies, resolutions and matters related to the Alliance;

5. Be entitled to nominate, vote or be voted to be the President and Vice President;

6. Be entitled to recommend members of the Strategic Guidance Committee and members of the Expert Committee

(II) Obligations

1. Positively participate in and support various activities and work organized by the Alliance;

2. Provide the latest industrial or unit information (excluding secret information) to the Alliance on a regular basis;

3. Assign persons to participate in the work of the Alliance as needed.

Article 16 Rights and Obligations of Executive Council Units of the Alliance 

Besides the rights and obligations listed in Article 14 and Article 15, the executive council units have the following rights and obligations:

(I) Rights

1. Take the lead to undertake the cooperative projects entrusted by the government, enterprises and organizations to the Alliance;

2. Take the lead to organize relevant activities and work of the Alliance;  

3. Recommend one representative as executive member of the Alliance, attend the Council and the Standing Council of the Alliance, and participate in the discussion and voting for significant policies, resolutions and matters related to the Alliance;

4. Dispatch persons to the Secretariat of the Alliance, and participate in its daily operation and management;

5. Be entitled to submit the proposals for the Alliance’s organization and operation mechanism;

6. Be entitled to jointly recommend new council units and new vice president units of the Alliance;

(II) Obligations

1. Take the lead in organizing the activities and work of the Alliance as arranged by the Alliance;

2. Provide the Alliance necessary supports (e.g. manpower, fund, material and information) as practically needed.

Article 17 Any member applying for withdrawing from the Alliance shall issue a written notice to the Secretariat, and return the membership certificate. Any member failing to pay membership dues within one year or failing to participate in relevant activities within two year in succession will be deemed as withdrawing from the Alliance automatically. The paid membership dues will not be returned.

Article 18 The membership of any member involved in any behavior seriously violating the Charter will be cancelled after being voted by the Standing Council. The paid membership dues will not be returned.

Chapter 4 Organization

Article 19 The Alliance is composed of the Counselors of the Alliance, the Strategic Guidance Committee, the Council, the Standing Council, the Expert Committee, the Secretariat and the Innovation Center.

Article 20 Counselors of the Alliance

(I) The counselors are the respected leaders and leading experts specially invited by the Alliance;

(II) They provide policy supports and strategic instructions for the thought of development, key work and other significant matters related to the Alliance and the industry;

(III) They are entitled to participate in important meetings, forums, exhibitions and other significant events of the Alliance and to voice their opinions

Article 21 The Strategic Guidance Committee

(I) It comprises well-known figures from the political circle, industry, the academia, research circles and the financial sector engaged by the Alliance. One or two meetings shall be held annually.

(II) It is responsible for providing instructions to the thought of development and key work related to the Alliance and the hydrogen energy and fuel cell industry, and supervising the Alliance’s work

(III) It has one director, one executive deputy director and several deputy directors. Director, executive deputy director and deputy director shall be appointed by the Standing Council. The term is the same as that of the Council.

Article 22 The Council

(I) The Council consists of all members in the Alliance, which is the supreme authority of the Alliance, and its term is five years. It includes one president and several vice presidents, all of which are elected by the Council. The term of the President and Vice President is the same as that of the Council. It is allowed to serve for another term. The President of the Council shall be legal person of the Alliance. The President and Vice President in the first term shall be elected by the alliance sponsors through negotiation.

(II) Main Responsibilities

1. Deliberate the proposal for the revision to the Charter of the Alliance;

2. Research and formulate the Alliance’s development plans and working policies;

3. Approve the Alliance’s work reports, annual financial budgets and final reports;

4. Deliberate the proposals for the revision to the standard for the membership dues;

5. Elect and appoint & dismiss the President and Vice President;

6. Decide the change and termination of the Alliance.

(III) Rules of procedure

The Council shall be convened by the President of the Council or the Secretary General once a year. In case of a significant matter or an emergency during adjournment of the Council, a temporary conference may be held upon the proposal by 50% of members or above or by President of the Council.

The meeting of the Council cannot be convened unless it is proposed by more than 50% members. Its resolutions will take effect after being voted through by more than 2/3 participants. Each member is only entitled to one vote.

Counselors of the Alliance, members of the Strategic Guidance Committee and members of the Expert Committee shall be invited to the meetings of the Council. All members of the Alliance can attend the meetings of the Council and participate in discussion, without right to vote.

Article 23 The Standing Council

(I) The Standing Council consists of the President, Vice Presidents and Secretary General of the Alliance, and it is a decision-making organ of the Alliance responsible for the Council.

(II) Main Responsibilities

1. Deliberate the suggestions on the revision to the Charter of the Alliance, and submit them to the Council for approval;

2. Formulate and revise important working systems of the Alliance;

3. Approve and cancel the membership of the Council and the Alliance;

4. Appoint and dismiss the candidates of Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General as nominated by the President of the Council;

5. Appoint Counselors of the Alliance, members of the Strategic Guidance Committee and members of the Expert Committee in the name of the Alliance;

6. Deliberate the standard for the membership dues, and submit it to the Council for approval;

7. Decide the establishment, change, cancellation and officers of relevant offices, branches, representative organizations and entities subordinate to the Alliance;

8. Listen to and deliberate the work reports of the Expert Committee and the Secretariat;

9. Decide the Alliance’s technological development orientation and key missions according to the suggestions of the Expert Committee;

10. Report the Alliance’s work and financial condition to the Council;

11. Discuss and decide other significant matters related to the Alliance

(III) Rules of procedure

The Standing Council shall be convened by the President of the Council or the Secretary General twice a year. In case of a significant matter or an emergency, a temporary conference may be held upon the proposal by six Standing Council members or above or by President of the Council.

The meeting of the Standing Council cannot be convened without the attendance of more than 50% members. Its resolutions will take effect after being voted through by more than 2/3 participants. Each participant is only entitled to one vote.

The counselors of the Alliance, Director, Executive Deputy Director and Deputy Director of the Strategic Guidance Committee and Director and Deputy Director of the Expert Committee shall be invited to the meetings of the Standing Council. Members of the Council may attend the meetings to discuss relevant topics, without right to vote.

Article 24 The Expert Committee

(I) The Expert Committee consists of well-known experts in the field of hydrogen energy and fuel cell, entrepreneurs and industrial management department experts appointed by the Alliance. It includes one director and one deputy director. Both are appointed by the Standing Council, with the same term as that of the Council.

(II) Main Responsibilities

1. Research and formulate the development route map of the hydrogen energy and fuel cell industry;

2. Issue regular industry analysis reports on hydrogen energy and fuel cell technology;

3. Deliberate the technical route for internal R&D, demonstration and business projects of the Alliance;

4. Plan, organize demonstration for and apply for the construction scheme for hydrogen energy and fuel cell full industry chain technological development platforms and state key laboratories;

5. Participate in technical evaluation and technical cooperation related to hydrogen energy and fuel cell as well as application demonstration and feasibility assessment for relevant topics or projects;

6. Participate in research and demonstration of relevant professional standards for the hydrogen energy and fuel cell industry

Article 25 The Secretariat

(I) The Secretariat serves as a standing working organization of the Alliance responsible to the Standing Council and for coordination and responsible for the daily affairs and projects of the Alliance.

The Secretariat includes one Secretary General, one Executive Deputy Secretary General and several Deputy Secretary Generals. The Secretary General, Executive Deputy Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General shall be nominated by President of the Council and appointed by the Standing Council, with the same term as that of the Council.  

The secretary-general responsibility system is implemented in the Secretariat. The Secretary General shall preside over and convene regular office meetings of the Secretary General to study and complete the work of the Secretariat.

Full-time workers at the Secretariat shall be recruited, selected and managed by the Secretariat in an open way. Part-time workers shall be assigned by the members of the Council and managed by the Secretariat.

(II) Main Responsibilities

1. Implement the resolutions of the Council and the Standing Council, and organize, manage and coordinate daily work of the Alliance;

2. Prepare for and convene all meetings of the Strategic Guidance Committee, the Council, the Standing Council and the Expert Committee;

3. Draft the Alliance’s annual work reports;

4. Coordinate and serve the Alliance’s counselors, and coordinate relevant work of the Strategic Guidance Committee and the Expert Committee;

5. Accept relevant applications for membership of the Alliance, and preliminarily review the qualification of all applicants;

6. Propose to cancel the qualification of the members violating the rules of the Alliance, and accept the application of relevant members for withdrawal;

7. Take charge of daily financial management of the Alliance, and draft annual financial statements;

8. Organize the alliance members to carry out relevant industrial activities;

9. Take charge of the Alliance’s media management, operation and maintenance (such as website and periodical);

10. Complete other work allocated by the Council and the Standing Council of the Alliance.

Article 26 Innovation Center

The Innovation Center shall be established as needed by the business development of the Alliance to undertake national key and special projects and local science & technology projects.

Article 27 Powers of the President of the Council

(I) Convene and preside over the Council and the Standing Council;

(II) Inspect, supervise and guide the implementation of relevant resolutions made by the Council and the Standing Council;

(III) Sign relevant significant documents on behalf of the Alliance;

(IV) Attend national and international industrial meetings on behalf of the Alliance;

(V) Guide the work of the Secretariat;

(VI) Decide other important matters of the Alliance as authorized by the Council and the Standing Council.

Article 28 Powers of the Secretary General

(I) Preside over all work of the Secretariat, and organize personnel concerned to implement decisions of the Council and the Standing Council as well as annual work plans of the Alliance;

(II) Coordinate relevant offices, branches, representative organizations and entities of the Alliance;

(III) Nominate principals of relevant offices, branches, representative organizations and entities of the Alliance, and report to the Standing Council for approval;

(IV) Manage all workers in relevant offices, branches, representative organizations and entities of the Alliance, and recruit and select full-time workers in the Secretariat;

(V) Deal with relevant work entrusted by the Council and the Standing Council

The Executive Deputy Secretary General is responsible for assisting the Secretary General in daily management and handling relevant matters entrusted by Secretary General. The Deputy Secretary General is responsible for assisting the Secretary General in relevant work according to the division of work and handling relevant matters entrusted by the Secretary General.

Chapter 5 Financial and Assets Management

Article 29 Source of the Alliance’s Funds

(I) Membership dues;

(II) Donation or endowment from domestic and overseas organizations, enterprises and individuals;

(III) Government funding, incomes from the entrusted projects and other funds;

(IV) Incomes from the activities or services within the scope of approved business;

(V) Interest incomes;

(VI) Other legitimate incomes

Article 30 The Alliance will collect membership dues in accordance with applicable national regulations. The standard for the membership dues shall be studied and decided by the Standing Council, and implemented after being approved by the Council.

Article 31 All alliance funds must be used within the scope of responsibilities and missions stipulated in the Charter to promote the industrial development of hydrogen energy and fuel cell in China instead of being distributed to members.

Article 32 A strict financial management system shall be established for the Alliance, making sure the legitimacy, sincerity, accuracy and integrity of accounting data. The financial reports audited by a third-party organization shall be provided every year.

Article 33 The Alliance shall be armed with professional accounting personnel. The accountant is not allowed to hold the post of cashier at the same time. The accounting personnel must be capable of financial accounting and subject to accounting supervision. During transfer or resignation, the accounting personnel must transact all handover procedures with the person in charge.

Article 34 The Alliance’s assets management must follow the financial management system stipulated by the state and accept the Council’s supervision. The assets sourced from national appropriation or social donation and endowment must be supervised by the auditing body. Besides, relevant information shall be published to the society in an appropriate mode.

Article 35 Before changing the term or the legal representative, the Alliance must accept financial auditing by a professional external organization.

Article 36 The Alliance’s assets cannot be embezzled, divided privately or encroached by any unit and/or individual.

Article 37 Salaries, social insurance and welfare benefits of the Alliance’s full-time workers shall be implemented with reference to non-profit organizations in the same industry.

Chapter 6 Revision to the Charter 

Article 38 After the Charter of the Alliance has been approved jointly by the sponsors and takes effect, the new proposal for its revision must be put forward jointly by 1/3 of members of the Council or above or by 1/2 of members of the Standing Council or above to the Standing Council, and then submitted to the Council for approval.

Article 39 After the Council reviews and approves the proposal for revision, the revised Charter shall be issued in a written form or in a form of email to every member of the Alliance within 15 days.

Chapter 7 Termination of the Alliance 

Article 40 When it is necessary to cancel the Alliance for the fulfillment of its mission, voluntary dissolution, separation, merger and other reasons, the Standing Council shall put forward the proposal for termination.

Article 41 The proposal for the termination of the Alliance must be voted through by the Council, and reported to the Strategic Guidance Committee for approval.

Article 42 Before the termination of the Alliance, a liquidation organization shall be established under the guidance of the Strategic Guidance Committee for the purpose of settling claims and debts and handling subsequent matters. Any other activities beyond liquidation are not allowed during liquidation.

Article 43 The Alliance will be terminated after it has been cancelled by the nongovernmental organization management authority.

Article 44 The residual properties after the termination of the Alliance shall be used, under the supervision of the Strategic Guidance Committee and the nongovernmental organization management authority, for the undertakings related to the mission of the Alliance in accordance with applicable national provisions.

Chapter 8 Supplementary Rules 

Article 45 The Charter takes effect from the date when it is signed by the sponsors of the Alliance.

Article 46 Final power of explanation of the Charter is reserved by the Standing Council of the Alliance.

 


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