NSW emissions plan includes hydrogen

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The state government released its Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020-2030 last week, detailing how NSW plans to fast track emissions reduction over the next decade in a bid to deliver a 35 per cent drop by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.

The plan includes continued investment in emissions technologies and the establishment of the NSW’s own Hydrogen Program to facilitate hydrogen’s growth as an energy source and feedstock in the state.

With a target of achieving a 10 per cent hydrogen blend in the NSW gas network by 2030, the government said reaching such a goal “could have benefits for the transport, energy storage, ammonia, glass, metal and electronics production industries” and will also “develop NSW’s potential as a competitive hydrogen exporter to a growing international market”.

The Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) welcomed hydrogen’s inclusion in the scheme, with AGIG CEO Ben Wilson saying the industry was developing at a very fast pace.

“NSW’s recognition of hydrogen as a cornerstone technology by as soon as 2030 is a major opportunity for Australia’s energy economy,” he said.

“The NSW Plan recognises the importance of enabling the blending of hydrogen with natural gas to decarbonise supply to residential and industrial customers, and further deliver wider benefits for other sectors such as transport.

“This step-change is consistent with [Energy Networks Australia’s] Gas Vision 2050 released in 2017, which outlines the important role of gas today, and the significant role gas and gas infrastructure can play in Australia reaching its carbon emission reduction targets through fuels such as hydrogen and biogas.”

AGIG has canvassed plans to eventually move to 100 per cent hydrogen across its gas networks in NSW and throughout Australia, already conducting hydrogen-focused operations in four states.

The NSW Government said the hydrogen market could be worth up to $1 billion by 2030.

For more information visit the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website.

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