The WA Government has joined the ACT, Victorian and Queensland governments in becoming a founding member of the Smart Energy Council‘s Zero Carbon Certification Scheme to boost the state’s fledgling renewable hydrogen industry.
The industry-led Guarantee of Origin-style scheme aims to accelerate the development and deployment of renewable hydrogen, green ammonia and green metals, such as green steel and green zinc, in Australia and around the world.
A Guarantee of Origin is a certificate instrument that labels the origin of a product and provides information to customers on the source of their products and how they are made.
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The Smart Energy Council’s scheme will certify the renewable hydrogen, green ammonia or green metal has been made from renewable energy sources, and provide an embedded carbon rating. It will operate as a tracking system for the amount of greenhouse gas emissions connected with the production.
As a founding partner, the McGowan Government will collaborate with the Smart Energy Council and its domestic and international partners to develop and implement the scheme.
The YURI Green Ammonia Project, a consortium between Engie Renewables Australia and Yara Pilbara Fertilisers, is the second project selected by the scheme for certification. Yara is also a founding member of the scheme.
Located on Murujuga (the Burrup Peninsula) near Dampier, the project will utilise solar energy to produce renewable hydrogen that will be used to produce green ammonia for export to global markets.
Through its Renewable Hydrogen Fund, the McGowan Government has invested $2 million in the YURI Green Ammonia Project.
The WA Government will work with the Smart Energy Council to explore other projects in the State that could be candidates for the scheme.
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“When it comes to the renewable hydrogen industry, Western Australia’s competitive advantages gives the State a head start,” Hydrogen Industry Minister Alannah MacTiernan said.
“Signing on to the Smart Energy Council’s Zero Carbon Certification Scheme as a founding partner reflects our commitment to making sure Western Australia continues on its path to becoming an industry leader.
“As a founding partner, our Government will collaborate with the Smart Energy Council and its other domestic and international partners to develop and implement the scheme.”