Media Release

Australian Hydrogen Council backs new Net Zero Authority

Melbourne, Australia: The Australian Government has announced it will legislate a National Net
Zero Authority responsible for promoting an orderly and positive economic transformation to deliver
net zero.


The Australian Hydrogen Council welcomes the creation of this body by the Albanese Government
and hopes to see planning for hydrogen infrastructure included in the authority’s scope.
“The Australian Hydrogen Council warmly welcomes the establishment of a National Net Zero
Authority announced today.


“We have long called for a co-ordination body tasked with delivering an evidence-based approach to
planning and coordinating the transition to net zero.


In ‘Unlocking Australia’s Hydrogen Opportunity,’ we recommended that hydrogen be included in
their scope, particularly applications that are more likely to require clean hydrogen to decarbonise
and more likely to achieve large scale. Ideally these applications should demonstrate an ability to
open the market to other applications through knowledge and technology sharing, geographic
proximity, and/or cost reduction.


“We know that very few hydrogen projects are making final investment decisions, which has
implications not only for Australia’s hydrogen export ambitions but also local industrial
decarbonisation efforts.


“The market requires a signal to show Australia is serious about hydrogen and we hope this
authority will have the teeth to make decisions on the infrastructure necessary for the transition.
“The authority will need to be adequately funded to ensure it can plan, co-ordinate and report on
the progress of the energy transition across the entire economy.


“We look forward to seeing more details about the National Net Zero Authority during the delivery
of the Federal budget next week and to continuing to work with government and industry to ensure
Australia realises its capability to be a major hydrogen producer,” Dr Simon concluded.


ENDS


About Australian Hydrogen Council
The Australian Hydrogen Council is the peak representative body for the Australian hydrogen
industry, with members from across the hydrogen value chain. We represent the emerging hydrogen
industry and connect it with its stakeholders to collectively create a clean and resilient energy future
that has hydrogen as a key part of the energy mix.

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