National Hydrogen Strategy review
On 24 February 2023, the Energy and Climate Change Ministerial Council (ECMC) agreed to a Review of the 2019 National Hydrogen Strategy to ensure it positions Australia on a path to be a global hydrogen leader by 2030 on both an export basis and for the decarbonisation of Australian industries.
Hydrogen has the potential to be an important contributor to our transition to net zero through use in areas such as industry, transport, grid firming, chemicals and metals production. We also have up to $300 billion of potential hydrogen investments, including projects that are focussed on domestic use as well as large export projects.
Australia’s pipeline is the largest in the world.
While Australia was the third nation to publish a hydrogen strategy in 2019, the hydrogen opportunity has emerged from the relative fringes to generate international excitement and more than 30 nations have now released hydrogen strategies.
Other countries are also supporting the growth of their domestic hydrogen industries as a means to ensure energy security and leverage the decarbonisation opportunity hydrogen presents.
The Australian Government is leading the Review of the National Hydrogen Strategy in collaboration with the States and Territories.
The public consultation process has now closed. To view the consultation, please visit Review of the National Hydrogen Strategy.
Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy sets a vision for a clean, innovative, safe and competitive hydrogen industry that benefits all Australians. It aims to position our industry as a major global player by 2030.
The hydrogen strategy:
- explores Australia’s clean hydrogen potential
- considers future scenarios with wide ranging growth possibilities
- outlines an adaptive approach that equips Australia to scale up quickly
- includes showcases from each state and territory
- details nationally coordinated actions involving governments, industry and communities
Download the strategy
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In a grey and white vector animation, a small car drives along a city street. Black smoke puffs from its exhaust and small circles with a CO2 chemical symbol inside them drift up through the city skyline.
The world is transitioning to a clean and secure energy future, and hydrogen is emerging as an important part of this future.
The animation becomes sky blue and solar panels and wind turbines appear across the city. A green electricity symbol appears on the car door.
On a green background, a white circle has the symbol for hydrogen inside it. A hard hat lowers down onto the circle. Sparkles of light appear around it and various symbols interchange inside the circle.
This is because hydrogen is a safe, flexible and clean fuel that can be used to power vehicles, generate electricity and produce heat, all without carbon emissions.
Many countries around the world have plans to use hydrogen, but not all countries have the resources to make enough to meet their needs.
In a vector animation, white clouds circle planet Earth. A fast descent to Japan and South Korea both marked in white text. Across to Europe, Germany is marked in white text.
In Australia, we are lucky to have an abundance of natural resources to make clean hydrogen for our own use and to supply the world.
Back across and down to Australia, white renewable energy icons appear on the green Australian landmass.
By adding hydrogen production to our economy, we could create jobs especially in regional areas and increase prosperity.
In a yellow and white vector diagram, a central circle has the hydrogen chemical symbol inside. Other circles diverge and form branches around it. Inside the various circles are icons for a house, a city, a briefcase and numerous dollar symbols.
In a blue and white vector diagram, a central circle has a lightning bolt symbol inside. Four circles around it have solar, hydro-power, wind and hydrogen symbols. The four circles merge into the central circle and become a power stanchion. It merges again into a dollar symbol counter that spins and becomes a fuel pump.
Managed well, it could help integrate renewable energy into our electricity grid and lower bills in the long-term. By using hydrogen, we can reduce dependence on imported fuel and we can reduce carbon emissions in Australia and around the world.
In the vector animation, the fuel pump recedes and the city appears around it. Rising above to the Australian continent and even further into space and the Earth again, surrounded by white clouds.
In another animation, a double page in an open book has various icons, graphs and a map of Australia. The book closes and the cover reads ‘Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy’.
It is for these reasons that Australian governments have developed a National Hydrogen Strategy. We've listened to industry and communities to lay the foundation for a thriving industry that benefits all Australians.
In a yellow and white vector animation, speech bubbles multiply and form the shape of the Australian continent. A swirl becomes a crystal ball with a question mark symbol inside.
The exact future of energy is impossible to predict, so the strategy is adaptive and can be adjusted and revisited over time with the ultimate goal of being a major global player in clean hydrogen by 2030 and to position ourselves for even greater success.
Read Australia's National Hydrogen Strategy at industry.gov.au/hydrogen.
The Australian Government coat of arms. The COAG Energy Council logo is a circular rainbow-coloured aperture.
- See how we are growing Australia’s hydrogen industry through the strategy
- Clean hydrogen is part of our plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050
- Read the reviews, studies, research and analysis that informed the strategy.
Search hydrogen production regions in Australia using Geoscience Australia’s interactive tool (for best results use Chrome or Firefox)
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