Government calls for hydrogen strategy contribution


The Federal Government has opened public consultation on a national hydrogen strategy, after it commissioned the Chief Scientist to develop a ‘comprehensive and ambitious’ national strategy for the development of an Australian hydrogen industry.

The Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) Hydrogen Working Group will now seek public input to inform the development of the industry.

Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan called for the input from community and government of all levels.

"We support new technologies like hydrogen, but there is more work to do to on it - which is why we already working with states through COAG on developing a hydrogen roadmap and are investing in further technology development", Minister Canavan said.

Energy Minister Angus Taylor said that hydrogen could potentially offer more options for clean energy in the long term while maintaining security, reliability and affordability.

"Australia can be a world leader in hydrogen because of our abundant energy resources and proximity to emerging export markets in North Asia", Minister Taylor said.

Public feedback will inform the development of a draft strategy, to be publicly released in September 2019.

More information can be found here and the consultation paper can be found here