Hydrogen industry wants new govt to set hydrogen policy

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (hydrogen policy)
New Prime Minister Anthony Albanese

Speaking at the Australian Hydrogen Conference in Adelaide, Australian Hydrogen Council (AHC) CEO Dr Fiona Simon has called on the Albanese Government to urgently introduce policy to create a market for hydrogen.

“The eyes of the new energy world are fixed on Australia. Our trade partners are closely watching how we develop this market and the work of our members is making people sit up and take notice,” Dr Simon said.

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“But the hydrogen economy can’t wait for market forces alone to drive decarbonisation—we need policy certainty and co-ordination to get this market to scale.

“This could include market mechanisms to value carbon emissions, clean energy and fuel standards, taxation support for research and development, new investment, and targeted transition deadlines.

“Pressure is mounting because we can see the effects of climate change right now and energy security is a priority issue globally. The time for action is now.” 

Global industry leaders and stakeholders have converged on Adelaide to share the latest insights and emerging projects at the Australian Hydrogen Conference. Among the speakers are:

  • The Hon. Peter Malinauskas MP Premier, Government of South Australia
  • The Hon. Tom Koutsantonis MP, Minister for Energy and Mining, Government of South Australia
  • Dr Stefan Kaufmann, Innovation Commissioner for Green Hydrogen, Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Holger Losch, Deputy Director General—Executive Board, Federation of German Industries.

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Dr Simon will present a world-leading, strategic framework for hydrogen communications on day two of the conference. The framework, commissioned as part of the National Hydrogen Strategy, will build consistency in industry language and a broader understanding of the industry for the wider community.

The Australian Hydrogen Conference will bring together eminent energy experts from across the hydrogen sector to explore the latest emerging projects, challenges, opportunities and lessons and to help shape the future of this rapidly expanding sector across the nation and overseas.