ActewAGL’s hydrogen refuelling station, located in Canberra, is now certified – featuring green hydrogen produced from 100 per cent renewable energy and emitting zero emissions, making it the first of its kind in Australia.
Chief Executive of the Smart Energy Council, John Grimes, said, “This is the first project to be certified under the Smart Energy Council’s world-leading Zero Carbon Certification Scheme.”
The ACT Government is a founding partner of the Zero Carbon Certification Scheme which now has 15 Founding Partners and international advisors.
ACT Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Shane Rattenbury, said renewable hydrogen is the only hydrogen that should be produced in Australia.
“Any investment in the hydrogen industry should be green hydrogen, that is hydrogen made using renewable electricity,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“That is why the Smart Energy Council’s scheme is important because it will enable hydrogen and related products to be certified as zero emissions. It is critical we can track how these products are manufactured so customers can be certain the product they select genuinely has zero emissions.”
Mr Grimes said that the ActewAGL’s hydrogen refuelling station is a landmark project, as it is Australia’s first public hydrogen refuelling station.
Chief Executive Officer of ActewAGL, John Knox, said, “Achieving certification provides certainty to our customers that their vehicles are running on green hydrogen.”
The Smart Energy Council is also in the process of auditing Yara’s planned green ammonia plant in the Pilbara to ensure it is built with 100 per cent renewable energy for zero emissions green ammonia. It is expected the ammonia production facility will be pre-certified by 31 July 2022.
Other Scheme Founding Partners include: the Ammonia Energy Association, COP26 High Level Champions, CWP Global, Energy Web, Star Scientific and ACT renewable hydrogen cluster.
The German Energy Agency and Green Hydrogen Catapult are Advisors.
The Smart Energy Council is also working with the Green Hydrogen Organisation to develop a global standard for green hydrogen.