The Western Australian (WA) Government has revealed plans to establish a council to drive opportunities for a 21st century renewable hydrogen (H2) industry in the state.

The Renewable Hydrogen Council will comprise of experts from the private and public sectors to provide guidance on ways to progress the industry and shape the future for a new sector for WA.

“This government is pushing for innovation, diversification and bold new ways to develop clean energies, grow exports and drive new job opportunities across regional WA,” explained Premier Mark McGowan.

“As the world continues to transition to a low-emissions future, it is increasingly apparent that H2 can play an important role – and WA can be central to that future.”

Western Australia has enormous potential for the development of a renewable H2 industry with its vast available land and renewable energy resources.

With key international markets such as Japan and Korea choosing a substantial role for H2 in their future energy mix, the opportunities for WA to export its renewable energy via H2 are potentially significant.

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan added, “To create renewable H2 you need vast stretches of land and high-quality renewable energy resources - two things Western Australia has in abundance. This State has a long history of delivering energy and resources to the world, with established infrastructure and supply chains.”

“Now is the time to embrace this opportunity and drive forward the H2 industry and its place in WA - to realise the thousands of jobs this industry could create.”

“The Renewable Hydrogen Council will report back to Government by early next year on the best ways to grow the industry and maximise benefits for the State.”