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Australia and Japan in clean hydrogen trade collaboration

The first round of the Australian Clean Hydrogen Trade Program (ACHTP) will focus on the export of clean hydrogen to Japan under the Japan-Australia Partnership on Decarbonisation through Technology.

Australia and Japan in clean hydrogen trade collaboration
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The current Australian government, led by Scott Morrison, wants to grow the country’s clean H2 export industry. Thus, they set a new initiative aimed at attracting overseas investment into hydrogen supply chains originating in Australia.

Clean hydrogen is one of the priority technologies in the government’s long-term emissions reduction plan.

The AUD 150 million ($107m) ACHTP will support Australian-based hydrogen supply chain projects that secure overseas investment.

The first round of the program will focus on the export of clean H2 to Japan under the Japan-Australia partnership.

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Moreover, Morrison said the $150 million program would help Australia to reduce emissions. It will do it by working with other countries to get the cost of clean energy technologies down.

“Clean hydrogen is central to both AU’s and JP’s plans to achieve net-zero emissions while growing our economies and jobs,” he said.

The ACHTP will support projects to develop export supply chains and commercialise the production of clean H2. It will also support derivative clean hydrogen-based compounds, such as ammonia.

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“Establishing clean H2 supply chains will facilitate investment into Australia,” minister Angus Taylor said.

The program will be funded over five years from the AUD 565.8 million ($397m) committed for low emissions technology international partnerships in the 2021-22 budget.

Australian H2 production could also generate more than AUD 50 billion ($35.7b) in additional GDP by 2050.