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Question Without Notice No. 1459 asked in the Legislative Council on 27 November 2019 by Hon Tim Clifford

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN RENEWABLE HYDROGEN STRATEGY

1459. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Regional Development:

I refer to the state government's Western Australian renewable hydrogen strategy.

(1) What does the McGowan government consider to be renewable hydrogen?

(2) Will the minister confirm that the renewable hydrogen strategy does not include consideration of a future hydrogen industry that includes hydrogen created by using fossil fuels, including liquefied natural gas, as an energy source?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question and acknowledge that it is the very first question I have had from the member, and on a topic that is very dear to my heart.

(1) The ''Western Australian Renewable Hydrogen Strategy'' defines renewable hydrogen as ''hydrogen produced using energy from renewable energy sources''.

(2) The Western Australian renewable hydrogen strategy is clear that renewable hydrogen is the end goal and it is how Western Australia will have the strongest advantage, given our vast land resources and world-class renewable energy resources with high-capacity factors for solar and wind. The Western Australian government acknowledges the role that low-emissions hydrogen from natural gas with carbon abatement may play in enabling industries, companies and communities to transition to a renewable hydrogen future, but our renewable energy hydrogen fund will focus on renewable hydrogen.