Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria will collaborate on a landmark tri-state renewable hydrogen refuelling network for heavy transport and logistics along Australia’s eastern seaboard.
Under the MoU, the states have agreed to collaborate on developing the east coast hydrogen refuelling network that includes the nation’s most critical roads and highways.
Queensland Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni said, “When you consider the impacts of the COVID pandemic and international conflicts, it’s clear Australia must achieve energy independence, to shield our nation from foreign companies and foreign powers.”
NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean said, “The governments of NSW, Victoria and Queensland are signing Memorandums of Understanding for the refuelling corridors, starting with the Hume Highway, the Pacific Highway and the Newell Highway.”
Lily D’Ambrosio, Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, added, “The renewable hydrogen highway will create new jobs, drive investment across the east coast and is a landmark step towards meeting Victoria’s target to halve emissions by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050.”
Renata Berglas, Queensland Hydrogen Taskforce transport advisor, noted, “Providing a reliable source of renewable hydrogen will give industry certainty that hydrogen is a viable alternative to diesel.”
Paul Illmer, VP at Volvo, commented, “A holistic approach to fueling the Australian economy is needed to accelerate our journey to a fossil fuel-free future.”