The Queensland government has taken an important step towards establishing Queensland’s credentials as a leading generator of renewable energy jobs, in partnering with the Smart Energy Council’s Zero-Carbon Certification Scheme.
The scheme will bring further investor confidence to the state, as part of the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan, minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni said at the Queensland Smart Energy Summit.
“The production of hydrogen as a fuel gives us potential to power transport and export energy to the world, but to truly decarbonise, Queensland hydrogen has to be made from Queensland sunshine and wind,” de Brenni said.
“As a founding partner of the Smart Energy Council’s Zero Carbon Certification Scheme, buyers of Queensland’s hydrogen can choose a product made by electrolysers powered only from renewable energy.
“This certification program is another important signal that we are ready to develop a renewable hydrogen sector to power our mining fleet, our transport sector, freight networks and create new export markets while reducing emissions,” he said.
“We are sending a very clear message that Queensland is serious about decarbonising and that our hydrogen can be produced to the highest environmental standards.”
The Zero Carbon Certification Scheme is a positive step in building new industries of the future, Smart Energy Council chief executive John Grimes said.
“The Queensland government is again showing terrific leadership in unlocking the great potential of renewable hydrogen, ammonia and metals,” Grimes said.
“The Zero Carbon Certification Scheme is a certificate of origin scheme for renewable hydrogen, renewable ammonia and renewable metals.
“It will assess the embedded carbon content of the products to ensure that renewable production is maintained and becomes the primary form of production.”
Queensland is well positioned to be a global leader in renewable hydrogen.
“It’s no secret that Queensland has an ambitious plan to turn our abundance of renewable potential into thriving new industries,” de Brenni said.
“Already, Queensland is home to more than 3,200 megawatts of large-scale, renewable energy projects, as well as the highest uptake of rooftop solar in the world, generating more than 3,500 megawatts of energy.”
The state is on the way to reaching its 50 per cent renewable target by 2030. The production of renewable hydrogen is a logical next step.
“We are committed to working with industry, states and territories to develop a low-emission, ethically produced hydrogen supply chain which will bring more jobs to Queensland,” de Brenni said.
The certification follows the Queensland government’s $2 billion commitment to support renewable energy and hydrogen jobs.
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