Posted on 28 March, 2019Download
In December 2018 the COAG Energy Council agreed to support the Chief Scientist’s proposal to develop a National Hydrogen Strategy in 2019. To develop the strategy and coordinate the approach to projects and programs that support industry development, the Council agreed to establish a COAG Working Group on Hydrogen, chaired by the Chief Scientist, and has requested input to the National Hydrogen Strategy.
The Clean Energy Council welcomes the development of the National Hydrogen. The Clean Energy Council recognises the significant role hydrogen can play in our energy future and Australia’s hydrogen export potential when paired with renewable energy for production.
Australia has world class renewable energy resources. This can allow Australia to decarbonise our energy system faster and at a lower cost than many other countries who are not blessed with the same renewable resources. Developing Australia’s leadership in this vast export opportunity will require a comprehensive strategic plan, strong leadership and collaboration between government, industry and customers.
Unlocking this massive export opportunity will also require Australia to develop a strong domestic hydrogen industry.
We encourage the Australian Government to support R&D and demonstration programs to realise technological advancements in hydrogen production. The renewable sector provides a template for this through the strong work of ARENA. The Clean Energy Council strongly supports an extension to ARENA to ensure it can continue to focus on and unlock this massive opportunity.
For more information, you can download our submission.