AHC Committees and working groups

AHC Committees

Three committees help shape the direction and efforts of AHC. These meet quarterly and are open to any member to join.

Policy Advisory Committee

Forum for members to engage and collaborate on the development of AHC’s policy platform, and to inform AHC’s advocacy efforts with governments.

Scope

1. Support the development of AHC’s position on policy and regulatory issues, such as those related to government hydrogen strategies and implementation plans.
2. Provide input into AHC’s government relations and communications strategies, and support their execution, including participation in AHC government engagement activities as appropriate.
3. Identify and support AHC responses to relevant government matters.
4. Support AHC’s development and management of relationships with all levels of government.
5. Identify priority research opportunities of importance to the hydrogen sector and support the delivery of these projects either through AHC or by an external party.
6. Support AHC’s advocacy efforts with non-government stakeholders including media, research bodies and industry associations as required.
7. Support information sharing and relationship building with industry bodies working in hydrogen-related areas.
8. Support other AHC Committees as required.

Meeting dates 2020

10 November, 10am-12pm AEST

Infrastructure Committee

Produce and deliver strategy, advice and research to support the growth of hydrogen infrastructure across Australia with a strategic focus on coordinated use, hubs and connecting people.

Scope

1. Assist with policy to support financing sources and government co-investment opportunities to support infrastructure roll out.
2. Undertake research and analysis to support hydrogen infrastructure and mobility deployment and growth (either through AHC or by an external party).
3. Point of contact for external parties (such as Councils) seeking partners or support for new infrastructure rollouts.
4. Engage with external groups as required for advocacy/education purposes in relation to hydrogen infrastructure projects.
5. Provision of advice and guidance on hydrogen infrastructure projects to members as appropriate.
6. Provide appropriate advice to other AHC committees for broader policy and communications.

Meeting dates 2020

12 August, 2pm-4pm AEST

11 November, 2pm-4pm AEST

Technical Committee

Forum for members to engage and collaborate on the safe use and handling of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in Australia, and to inform AHC’s advocacy efforts with governments.

Scope

1. Represent the industry on technical and regulatory hydrogen safety matters, including production, transport, dispensing, usage and export hydrogen (gas, liquid and intermediates).
2. Work with government agencies and regulators to develop appropriate Australian hydrogen safety regulations, codes and standards.
3. Promote best practice to end users (including consumers and technicians) with a focus on Australian regulations, codes and standards.
4. Support and promote vocational education resourcing and training to ensure an appropriately skilled workforce for working with hydrogen.
5. Provide an industry interface on hydrogen technical matters for external bodies and consumers, including municipal approving authorities, emergency response services and other industry bodies.
6. Provide general technical advice and guidance to Committee members as appropriate and reasonable.
7. Provide appropriate advice to other AHC committees for broader policy and communications.

Meeting dates 2020

11 August, 2pm-4pm AEST

10 November, 2pm-4pm AEST


Working Groups under the AHC Committees

These working groups were established to support ongoing contributions to the implementation of the National Hydrogen Strategy and other policy objectives. They meet more frequently than the committees, and also include people from outside the membership (primarily governments and research organisations).

WG1: Hydrogen certification

Work with government(s) to develop a hydrogen certification scheme that verifies and tracks:
• Production technology
• Carbon emissions associated with production (scope 1 and scope 2)
• Production location.

WG2: Energy regulatory reform

1. Develop a view and advocate on possible changes to energy regulation and markets to support a merged gas and electricity objective (NECF) and flow on regulations/rules.
2. Support ENA and APGA in all gas actions, including:
• Input to the review on clean hydrogen in gas networks by the end of 2020.
• Policy for gas networks and markets to allow widespread blending, and later sole use of hydrogen.

WG3: Social licence

1. Lead and design industry undertakings to guide the development of Australia’s hydrogen industry.
2. Support government work to develop a community education program to provide clear and accessible information about risks, benefits and safe use.
3. Support government work to consider the role of hydrogen in supporting Australian energy security by 2025.

WG4: Funding infrastructure - currently in hibernation

1. Identify infrastructure investment to get to scale and advocate for funding/investment options.
2. Map out jurisdictional funding arrangements for larger projects to advocate for coordination and potentially as repository for members.
3. Map out funding application processes for hub projects in order to advocate for harmonisation.
4. Input to PAC on necessary government funding both for, and potentially post, ARENA.

WG5: Supporting FCEVs

Develop preferences for refuelling station network options to advocate to governments on stations, fleet contracts and station access.

WG6: Information sharing - currently in hibernation

Lessons learned document/project for members and other stakeholders - starting with infrastructure.

WG7: ME-093

Support Standards Australia’s ME-093 project through participating in the relevant technical committee, and initiate process of standards adoption.

WG8: Technical regulatory policy development

1. Provide input into governments’ assessment and development of hydrogen-related regulations, codes and standards.
2. Provide input to governments’ understanding of ‘hydrogen ready’ capabilities for planning and regulatory approvals.

WG9: Skills and training

1. Work with the Australian Industry and Skills Committee on hydrogen-related reviews and updates of training packages.
2. Provide input to state and territory governments on a system of automatic mutual recognition across jurisdictions for hydrogen related occupations under equivalent occupational licenses or registration.
3. Work with the South Australian Government on nationally consistent training materials and guidelines for procedures to do with the production, handling, transport and use of hydrogen.
4. Work with regulators to ensure they have adequate understanding of hydrogen infrastructure, projects and technologies.
5. Support and input into establishment of a certification system for gas fitters (or similar) to be validated for working on hydrogen.

WG10: Vehicle Standards - currently in hibernation

Support and input into Federal Government activity to incorporate European standards into local ADRs and Australian-specific vehicle requirements (such as emissions labels, onboard H2 storage inspection/re-testing).