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Guarantee of Origin

10 December 2021

Australia is accelerating development and commercialisation of low emission technologies, including hydrogen.

The Technology Investment Roadmap and National Hydrogen Strategy provide the pathway.

Underpinning our clean hydrogen future will be a Guarantee of Origin scheme or certification scheme. The scheme will enable Australian businesses to sell verified low emissions hydrogen from renewable sources and fossil fuels with substantial carbon capture and storage, domestically and to the world.

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A Guarantee of Origin scheme will measure and display key attributes of how and where a unit of hydrogen is produced including its carbon intensity in a digital certificate. When the producer sells the hydrogen, the certificate would transfer with the physical supply to the buyer and be cancelled as the hydrogen is consumed. This allows customers in the future to choose the product best suited to their needs.

How Guarantee of Origin (GO) will work
How Guarantee of Origin (GO) will work

Australia is playing a leading role internationally - developing methods with our trading partners to determine emissions associated with hydrogen production. This will ensure Australia’s hydrogen Guarantee of Origin framework will be robust, globally recognised and supported by our markets.

Trials

The Australian Government has asked the Clean Energy Regulator to run trials to inform the design of a Guarantee of Origin scheme for hydrogen that is internationally aligned and allows for the Australian clean hydrogen industry to grow. The 18-month trials will commence from the 8th December 2021.

The trials will be run collaboratively with the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, who are responsible for wider consultation. The scheme will be co-designed with industry and key stakeholders. Participants with projects that are operating, or in an advanced stage of planning, may be invited to participate in trials.



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