The Australian Hydrogen Council has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to lead a review of the National Hydrogen Strategy, responding to the local and global changes since 2019 and assisting Australia on its path to becoming a global hydrogen leader.

CEO of the Australian Hydrogen Council, Fiona Simon, said global competition for hydrogen projects is fierce.

“Significant financial incentives have been announced by various countries, with each jostling for first mover advantage. The international funding and policy approaches announced to date demonstrate governments’ recognition that a profound restructuring of the energy system is required and that this is about maintaining economic prosperity for their nations,” Ms Simon said.

“The energy and industry transition will be materials intensive, as well as capital intensive. It will connect complex systems and require fundamental change, planning and creativity across sector, departmental and political boundaries.

Ms Simon said Australian projects are currently being de-prioritised and the Inflation Reduction Act means that we are now in a race because there is limited land, equipment and people to deliver this energy transition. 

“Australia has some vital ingredients, but we will be relying on other nations to support the scale-up of the hydrogen industry.

“We welcome the Government’s commitment to revise the National Hydrogen Strategy to respond to the local and global changes since 2019 and provide a plan for the transition.

“We hope to see a strategy that will reconsider the best range and combination of long-term economic mechanisms to develop the hydrogen industry, including grants, debt and underwriting.”

This view has been confirmed by a Deloitte report which outlines that Australia’s global competitiveness on clean energy is declining and if Australia does not swiftly respond to the Inflation Reduction Act, significant production of hydrogen is unlikely to begin until the 2030s, resulting in 65 per cent less hydrogen exports per annum by 2050 compared to before the IRA’s introduction.

Deloitte has advised that a production credit of $2/kg, for ten years, would be a sensible level in order to incentivise the scaling up of industry in the next decade.

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