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WG1: Certification


1. 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.

2. Engage where possible to promote internationally consistent definitions and standards for low emissions hydrogen.


Sarah Tincknell, Origin: [email protected]

Katerina Aleksoska, AHC: [email protected]


WG1 supports the work of the federal Department of Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water (DCCEEW) to develop a fit-for-purpose hydrogen guarantee of origin.
AHC is engaging with the Clean Energy Regulator’s HydrogenGo trials through members who are directly involved in the trials and through the CER’s Stakeholder Forum. WG1 has taken a decision that regular meetings are not required during this consultation unless matters relating to certification which are outside the purview of the CER arise. It is anticipated that work relating to international markets and green hydrogen definitions are likely to be a key focus for the group when the European Commission publishes its final Delegated Acts or other nations outline their requirements relating to the import of green hydrogen and meetings will be scheduled as progress is made on these issues.

Member sentiment around the need for clear, achievable standards for green hydrogen was recently communicated to Australia’s Quad Nation partner (India, Japan and the USA) at a recent workshop on regulation, codes and standards in Delhi. The Secretariat will continue to deliver this message to stakeholders both domestic and abroad.

The Certification Working Group has engaged closely with the Federal Government, through DCCEEW and the Clean Energy Regulator on the development of a scheme to certify the provenance of hydrogen produced in Australia. The WG has worked alongside these agencies to develop an initial vague concept of ‘hydrogen certification’ into the more refined approach which is currently being discussed as the GO Scheme.

Work in 2023:

1.Development of the GO Scheme until it is formally legislated

2.Expand the scheme to hydrogen derivatives

3.Definitions of low emissions hydrogen in potential export markets.

Recent material

220617 AHC/CEC SUB EU Delegated Acts under the Renewable Energy Directive


IPHE Working Paper – Methodology for GHG in H2 Production (V2 Nov22)

IPHE Working Paper – Methodology for GHG in H2 Production (V1 Oct22)

DISER Discussion GO paper 21 June 2021
210730 AHC SUB Certification discussion paper FINAL
AHC Scenarios:
  • Scenario 1 Grid connected for DISER
  • Scenario 2 Certified Renewable Gas to SMR for DISER
  • Scenario 3 Off grid for DISER
White et al 2020 Certification policy issues ANU
201126 WG1 notes and actions
200826 WG1 Meeting 3 notes
200821 Certification paper for 25 Aug 20 FU
Agenda 14 July – meeting #2
PAP H2 under 2 export v1
20191029 GED Advisory Standards and Assurance Scheme Version 1 1