Response to the COAG Energy Council National Hydrogen Strategy Discussion Paper

If hydrogen is to play a significant long term role in reducing emissions it should be produced using electrolysis powered by renewable energy resources.

  • A clear policy and regulatory environment is needed, as well as initial financial incentives from governments.
  • The Academy recommends continued government support for innovation and the commercialisation of hydrogen‐associated technology through grants and support for innovation funds.
  • Australia needs to adopt a strategic national approach to hydrogen. Without such a framework the hydrogen industry will struggle to become commercially viable, including for export markets.
  • The Academy recommends that any hydrogen production, use or export in Australia should be accompanied by the introduction of clear, appropriate regulatory frameworks and standards to ensure minimal environmental impact and encourage community acceptance.