Australia joins new International Hydrogen Trade Forum

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Australia has joined 14 countries, including Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom, in a new forum to improve the market for importing and exporting green hydrogen across the world.

The new International Hydrogen Trade Forum (IHTF) will bring countries together to work through issues and build productive conditions for a reliable international hydrogen trade market.

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Green hydrogen, which is hydrogen made from renewable energy including wind and solar, will play an important role in global energy supply and storage as countries work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by using renewable energy.

Australia has the natural resources to make green hydrogen for our own use and to supply to the world. A strong international hydrogen market will be a benefit to our economy and our goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reach net zero.

In the International Hydrogen Trade Forum, countries will learn from each other and share valuable knowledge, experiences and best practices.

Australia’s participation in the International Hydrogen Trade Forum builds on our international collaboration in the hydrogen space including the Hydrogen Headstart Program and Guarantee of Origin Scheme.

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In late May, India and Australia agreed to set up an Australia-India Green Hydrogen Task Force to jointly develop green hydrogen resources.

The Indian and Australian governments finalised the terms of reference of the taskforce, which will advise the two governments on accelerating manufacture and deployment of clean hydrogen, with a focus on hydrogen electrolysers, fuel cells and creating infrastructure and regulations that support these aims.

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