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News from Australia: APPEA
Gas will play critical role in kick-starting low emissions hydrogen: APPEA chief executive
IEA reckons more than 25% of hydrogen in 2050 will come from natural gas utilising CCUS

13 April 2023 22:00 GMT UPDATED 13 April 2023 22:00 GMT
By Amanda Battersby in Singapore
Australia’s oil and gas industry believes the federal government’s focus on hydrogen is an important step on the path to net zero and one that paves the way for new economic opportunities for the nation.

The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) on Thursday welcomed the release of the 2022 State of Hydrogen report amid a review of the national hydrogen strategy.

APPEA chief executive Samantha McCulloch said the gas sector would play a critical role in kick-starting low-emissions hydrogen.

“Natural gas combined with carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) is currently by far the most affordable pathway low-carbon hydrogen production — meaning significantly more emissions reductions per dollar today,” she said.

“This paves the way for all low-carbon hydrogen pathways, enabling faster scale-up to support economy-wide decarbonisation.”

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Under the International Energy Agency’s Net Zero by 2050 scenario, more than a quarter of hydrogen in 2050 will come from natural gas utilising CCUS.

McCulloch said: “We share the nation’s commitment to lowering emissions to get to net zero across the economy by 2050 and hydrogen will be a key tool to get there.

“The gas sector has the expertise, infrastructure and commercial relationships necessary to make the hydrogen economy a reality and are already investors in low-carbon hydrogen development.

“As the government reviews its national hydrogen strategy, it’s critical we keep all options on the table to make sure we are rolling out hydrogen at the pace and scale required,” she added.

“Leveraging the most affordable low-carbon hydrogen pathways not only makes net zero more achievable but also minimises the impact on the costs of doing business for Australian manufacturers and industry as they align with our climate targets.”

APPEA has called for the identification and advancement of priority hubs for low-carbon hydrogen and CCUS in its 2023-2024 federal budget submission.