Hydrogen in Queensland
Queensland is well placed for renewable hydrogen production with significant renewable energy resources, available land, and ports ideally located to support potential hydrogen exports.
The Queensland Government is committed to working with the private sector to accelerate the production, use and export of hydrogen as part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.
Hydrogen production will:
- play a critical role in helping us reach our target of 50% renewable energy by 2030, and zero net emissions by 2050
- create new jobs
- open a new export market for the state
- attract foreign investment.
We will use our resources and renewable energy experience, and our unique attributes to position Queensland to become a leading hydrogen producer and exporter.
We will do this by:
- supporting large scale renewable energy sources for hydrogen
- securing new manufacturing for the hydrogen supply chain
- building Queensland’s capability in large scale electrolyser manufacturing.
We will also work with industry to:
- attract investment
- ensure regulations are fit for hydrogen
- provide clear policies about the use of energy and port assets in Queensland.
What we are doing
On 30 May 2019, the Queensland Government released the Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy 2019-2024 (the strategy), a five-year plan to grow a sustainable hydrogen industry that supports renewable resources, creates jobs and strengthens our economy. The strategy positions Queensland to capitalise on emerging domestic and international renewable hydrogen opportunities.
As part of the strategy, in excess of $60 million has already been committed across multiple initiatives to help stimulate the hydrogen supply chain and support future hydrogen jobs in Queensland.
As a deliverable through the strategy, in May 2020 the Queensland Government released the Queensland Hydrogen Investor Toolkit (PDF, 2.6 MB) to assist investors planning to undertake hydrogen project developments in Queensland. The Toolkit provides an overview of the planning and information on other regulatory approvals in Queensland.
In November 2020, Queensland became the first Australian jurisdiction to appoint a Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and an Assistant Minister for Hydrogen Development.
In March 2021, an expert taskforce was appointed to fast track the establishment of a sustainable hydrogen supply chain and help accelerate the growth of the hydrogen sector in Queensland.
Hydrogen is also a key focus of the Ministerial Energy Council which brings together leaders from the energy sector, industry bodies, consumer groups, unions and government to discuss matters relating to Queensland’s energy sector. The council also consists of Renewables, Hydrogen Development, and Consumer Voice sub-committees.
- Last updated:
- 7 January 2022