Queensland Government rolls out plan to grow a sustainable hydrogen industry

The Queensland Government is implementing plans for the growth of its renewable hydrogen sector, recently releasing a local government guide to support the inclusion of hydrogen development plans at a local level.
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The Queensland Government updated its local government guide for drafting hydrogen development plans (PDF) in July 2021. This update is in line with the Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy 2019-2024, which aims to support the state’s transition to a low-emission economy.  

In the strategy, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said now the world is looking to hydrogen, and we want them to get it from Queensland so we can create even more jobs in our regions. 

The updated local government guide was created to ensure local planning schemes are drafted appropriately to support the growth of the hydrogen industry. It suggests each jurisdiction should consider how their planning scheme supports hydrogen development, focusing mainly on renewable hydrogen.  

In late July the state government also announced the arrival of five hydrogen-powered vehicles into its fleet. This took government’s fleet of zero-emission vehicles to 60, out of a planned 144 which are set to arrive this year. 

With strong plans in place to grow the renewable hydrogen market in Queensland, Engineers Australia organised a roundtable to update members on the opportunities presented in the market. 

Peta Ashworth, Chair of the Queensland Hydrogen Taskforce attended the event, giving her insights into the trajectory of the industry.  

These insights and wider discussions between members and stakeholders will help to shape the ongoing policy work of Engineers Australia. 

Grant Watt, Senior Policy Advisor Engineers Australia said it was great to see Engineers Australia hosting the Chair of the Hydrogen Taskforce at the Queensland President’s Boardroom Luncheon. 

“Hydrogen has the potential to change the energy map both here and abroad.  We have the engineering expertise to get on the front foot to create employment and value for investors, as well as support our transition to clean, reliable, cost-effective energy.”