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Maximising opportunities for Australia in clean hydrogen

Clean hydrogen is a sector of prospective comparative advantage for Australia and we are well placed to maximise the opportunities in this emerging sector.

As major economies shift towards lower emissions energy, including our major trading partners, clean hydrogen has the potential to further develop and diversify Australia’s energy exports, contribute to national and regional energy security, and support global decarbonisation efforts.

Following the release of the National Hydrogen Strategy, the Australian Government launched a funding package focused on growing an innovative, safe and competitive hydrogen industry in Australia, taking the Government’s commitments to the hydrogen industry to over $500 million since 2015.

Promoting foreign investment, maximising export opportunities and supporting bilateral and multilateral engagement will be a key focus for the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, DFAT and Austrade.

In particular, working closely with State and Territory Governments, Austrade is supporting efforts to maximise commercial advantages and facilitate partnerships for Australian business and investors across the hydrogen value chain.

Photo of Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham (right) with Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Hiroshi Kajiyama, at a briefing on clean hydrogen export opportunities for Australia at Monash University.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham (right) with Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Hiroshi Kajiyama, at a briefing on clean hydrogen export opportunities for Australia at Monash University, following the Australia-Japan Ministerial Economic Dialogue in Melbourne in January 2020. Credit: DFAT.

The Australian Government is advancing early opportunities to deliver on the National Hydrogen Strategy that was endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments in November 2019.

The strategy sets out a path for taking Australia’s hydrogen industry from pilot to commercial scale, establishing Australia as a world-leading supplier of clean hydrogen. Outlining an adaptive approach, it includes a set of nationally-coordinated actions involving governments, industry and the community.

International collaboration will be fundamental to the strategy’s success, with targeted government-to-government collaboration a priority. With an ambitious vision for a ‘Hydrogen Society’ by 2050, Japan is one of those key partners.

Hydrogen was a key focus of the Australia-Japan Ministerial Economic Dialogue in Melbourne in January 2020. At the dialogue, Australia and Japan strengthened collaboration through a new Joint Statement on Cooperation on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, underlining a strong shared commitment to cooperating on the deployment of hydrogen as a clean, secure, affordable and sustainable source of energy.

This will build on Australia and Japan’s close collaboration to date, including on the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain project in Victoria, a world-first international liquid hydrogen supply chain.

Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO briefed the diplomatic corps in Canberra on the strategy in February 2020.

You may access the strategy at Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources - Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy.

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