WESTERN AUSTRALIAN RENEWABLE
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?
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.