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 2021

Monday 15 February 2021 - 2.00-4.00 pm AEDT

Monday 17 May 2021 - 2.00-4.00 pm AEST

Monday 16 August 2021 - 2.00-4.00 pm AEST

Monday 15 November 2021 - 2.00-4.00 pm AEDT

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 2021

Tuesday 16 February 2021 - 2.00-4.00 pm AEDT

Monday 17 May 2021 - 2.00-4.00 pm AEST

Tuesday 17 August 2021 - 2.00-4.00 pm AEST

Tuesday 16 November 2021 - 2.00-4.00 pm AEDT

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 2021

Wednesday 17 February 2021 - 2.00-4.00 pm AEDT

Wednesday 19 May 2021 - 2.00-4.00 pm AEST

Wednesday 18 August 2021 - 2.00-4.00 pm AEST

Wednesday 17 November 2021 - 2.00-4.00 pm AEDT


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 several 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: Risk and investment

Identify the barriers to commercialising projects and develop information and policy positions to address these barriers.

WG5: Supporting FCEVs

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

WG7: ME-093

Support AHC's representatives on Standards Australia’s ME-093 project.

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

Work with the South Australian Government to support the National Hydrogen Strategy's workforce skills and training objectives.