Netherlands and Australia forge hydrogen alliance in a ‘milestone’ agreement

The Netherlands and Australia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support the development of a renewable hydrogen supply chain from Australia to Europe.

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In what was described as a milestone agreement, Australia’s Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen and the Dutch Minister for Climate and Energy Rob Jetten signed the MoU in the Port of Rotterdam during Bowen’s visit to Europe to promote renewable energy ambition and cooperation.

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The MoU covers hydrogen trade policy, standards and certification schemes, port infrastructure and supply chain development, innovative hydrogen technologies, including shipping, equipment and services, and government policies about safety, social licence and regulations for hydrogen.

As informed, the MoU complements the Port of Rotterdam’s work with state governments in Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia towards the establishment of a large-scale hydrogen network between the two countries.

It also has the potential to make Rotterdam an international hub for hydrogen imports, including for transport to other countries in Northwest Europe.

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With this agreement, Australia wants to demonstrate its commitment to working with international partners to advance shared clean energy interests and support emerging clean energy industries.

At the same time, the partnership is a part of the Australian Government’s efforts to ensure Australia reaches its goal of net zero by 2050, and to support global decarbonisation.

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