The updated National Hydrogen Strategy must be framed in response to the global climate crisis: to reduce emissions, not to drive demand for hydrogen production irrespective of the climate impacts. Rather than simply focusing on hydrogen development and uptake, to be truly fit for purpose, the Strategy must take account of where hydrogen products are best placed to contribute to economy-wide decarbonisation in the most cost effective manner possible, with the most benefit for emissions reduction efforts.
This submission makes recommendations in relation to the following 5 issues:
• Demand for hydrogen must be assessed against other energy alternatives.
• A ‘technology neutral’ strategy is not climate safe.
• Decarbonising ‘grey’ hydrogen markets should be a priority.
• Community consultation and social licence are essential for any new industry.
• Domestic use should be prioritised over export possibilities.