- ACT Government Supports New Hydrogen Certification Scheme
The ACT Government has joined as a Founding Partner in the Smart Energy Council’s Zero Carbon Certification Scheme, a national, industry-led certification scheme for renewable hydrogen, ammonia, and metal manufacture.
The Smart Energy Council has today announced ActewAGL’s hydrogen refuelling station in Canberra will be the first project to be certified under our world-leading Zero Carbon Certification Scheme.
The ACT Government has also been announced as a Founding Partner in the Zero Carbon Certification Scheme.
ACT Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Shane Rattenbury, said:
“Certification of hydrogen is really important. We want to make sure customers know where the hydrogen is coming from so they can make the smart choice for the future.”
“Some in Australia want to keep the fossil fuel sector alive through hydrogen. Renewable hydrogen is the only feasible approach.”
John Grimes, Chief Executive of the Smart Energy Council said: “We are honoured to have the ACT Government as a Founding Partner in the Zero Carbon Certification Scheme. The ACT Government is a world leader in renewable energy and climate action, delivering 100% zero-emissions renewable energy every day of the week.”
“ActewAGL’s hydrogen refuelling station is a landmark project – Australia’s first public hydrogen refuelling station. We will certify the claim it is powered by 100% renewable energy and that it is producing zero-emissions hydrogen.”
“We’re stoked to be working with ActewAGL and the ACT Government to showcase the benefits of zero-emission renewable hydrogen.”
It is expected the hydrogen refuelling station will be certified by 31 July 2021. The Smart Energy Council’s Hydrogen Australia division will coordinate the Certification Scheme.
Other Founding Partners include the Ammonia Energy Association, the COP26 High-Level Champions, CWP Global, Energy Web, Star Scientific and the ACT renewable hydrogen cluster (including Evoenergy, the Australian National University and the ACT Renewables Hub). The German Energy Agency (dena) and the Green Hydrogen Catapult are Advisors to the Zero Carbon Certification Scheme.
Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Shane Rattenbury said that the certification scheme is an important step towards establishing the zero-emissions industries of the future.
“Hydrogen is created by using a lot of electricity, and that electricity can come from polluting sources, like coal, or clean sources, like wind or solar generation,” Minister Rattenbury said.
“Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, the Federal Government and other jurisdictions want to create hydrogen using fossil fuels like coal or gas. Not only would this increase Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, but it would also miss the opportunity for a world-leading green hydrogen industry, powered by our rapidly growing renewable energy sector.
“The ACT Government believes that any investment in the hydrogen industry should be in green hydrogen, only using electricity from renewable sources.
“The Smart Energy Council’s scheme is important because it will enable hydrogen and related products to be certified as zero emissions and ensure that hydrogen is solely created from green sources. It is critical that we can track how these products are manufactured to assure customers that the end product is genuinely zero emissions.
“ActewAGL’s hydrogen refuelling station in Fyshwick will be the first project certified under the scheme. The refuelling station uses 100% renewable electricity to produce green hydrogen and is a great example of the types of projects that can benefit from certification.
“The ACT is a leader in renewable energy and climate action and participating in this scheme will continue this leadership.”
Smart Energy Council Chief Executive John Grimes said he was delighted to have ACT Government as a Founding Partner.
“The Smart Energy Council is so excited to have such a strong list of initial Australian and international Founding Partners. These are world leaders in renewable hydrogen,” Mr. Grimes said.
“The list of Founding Partners shows there is extraordinary global interest in the Zero Carbon Certification Scheme.”
Source: Smart Energy Council