Victorian Government Launches “Renewable Hydrogen Development Plan”, Commits Additional $10M

By March 8, 2021 2   min read  (337 words)

March 8, 2021 |

Fuel cells works, Victorian Government Launches "Renewable Hydrogen Development Plan", Commits Additional $10M
  • Renewable Hydrogen

The Victorian Government is embracing the opportunities that come with transforming our energy system, and Victoria is primed to take advantage of the rapidly emerging renewable hydrogen sector.

Renewable hydrogen, produced using renewable energy, is a zero emissions and versatile energy carrier that has the potential to touch on all parts of our economy and energy systems.

Renewable hydrogen can be used as an alternative to fossil fuels across Victoria’s economy to decarbonise transport and mobility in place of liquid fuels and industrial applications in place of natural gas, support our electricity sector and as a potential export commodity.

Renewable hydrogen can also bring positive outcomes for communities through decarbonisation and environmental benefits and create new jobs and career pathways for Victorians.

Working together across Victoria, we can ensure that we are at the forefront of renewable hydrogen development opportunities to accelerate decarbonisation, promote economic recovery, and establish a thriving renewable hydrogen industry.

The Renewable Hydrogen Industry Development Plan

The Renewable Hydrogen Industry Development Plan (Plan) sets out a blueprint for how the Victorian Government will lead and support a suite of outcomes to drive the development of a renewable hydrogen sector.

It takes a principles-based approach to establishing a new renewable hydrogen sector and sets out activities currently underway, which are laying the foundations, connecting the economy and leading the development of this emerging technology sector.

The focus areas for government are set out in this Plan and map the pathway to establishing a thriving renewable hydrogen industry, that will:

  • create long-term jobs through new career pathways and skills clusters
  • enable the export of renewable energy
  • drive innovation
  • build our skills and capacity in renewable hydrogen, and
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions across our industrial, energy and transport sectors.

This Plan recognises the significant potential of hydrogen for our state and focuses on hydrogen production using renewable energy.

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