May 27, 2021

CSIRO and Fortescue launch Hydrogen Industry Mission

CSIRO
Fortescue Metals Group
Hydrogen
Green Energy
3 min
CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, and partners including Fortescue, has launched the Hydrogen Industry Mission to support clean energy transition

CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, is leading efforts to support the world’s transition to clean energy with the launch of the Hydrogen Industry Mission.

Over the next five years, more than 100 projects worth $68M have been planned by partners including: Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER), Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Fortescue Metals Group, Swinburne University, the Victorian Government, the Future Fuels CRC, National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), and the Australian Hydrogen Council, along with collaborators Toyota and Hyundai.

Fortescue Metals Group formed the Green Energy Consortium last year with partners including BHP, Hatch and Anglo American.

Hydrogen

Hydrogen, when mixed with oxygen, can be used as an emissions-free fuel source to generate electricity, power or heat. But it is expensive to turn into a fuel.

The research mission will help drive down the cost of hydrogen production to under $2 per kilogram, making the fuel more affordable and helping to position Australia to lead the world in exporting hydrogen by 2030.

CSIRO

CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall said the unique mission-based partnership was the key to creating a new industry for the future energy needs of Australia and the world.

“Australia can become a renewable energy leader through the production, use and export of hydrogen, but it will only become a reality if we breakthrough the $2/kg barrier. That needs Australia’s world class science working with CSIRO’s commercialisation expertise turning breakthrough science into real-world solutions,” Dr Marshall said. 

“Taking a Team Australia approach is essential to creating the 8,000 jobs and $11bn a year in GDP that hydrogen can contribute to Australia’s economy as we build back better from the impacts of COVID-19.”

CEO of the Australian Hydrogen Council Dr Fiona Simon said the Mission came at a critical time for the emerging Australian hydrogen industry.

“We need a coordinated series of investments in industrial-scale research and demonstration activities, along with the supporting research and infrastructure that can bring the technologies that are available and emerging to the industry that needs to deploy them,” Dr Simon said.

“Focussed efforts like the Hydrogen Industry Mission will help realise these goals, and the Hydrogen Council is delighted to be part of it.

CSIRO

Hydrogen Industry Mission

The Mission will focus on delivering four key programs of work, some of which have already begun:

  • Hydrogen Knowledge Centre to capture and promote hydrogen projects and industry developments across Australia. The first module, HyResource, was launched in September with NERA, the Future Fuels CRC and The Australian Hydrogen Council. 
  • Feasibility and strategy studies to deliver trusted advice to government, industry and the community. 
    This builds on recent hydrogen cost modelling and barrier analysis provided as part of developing the National Hydrogen Strategy. 
  • Demonstration projects that validate hydrogen value chains and de-risk enabling technologies. 
    Development is underway at a new facility in Clayton, Victoria, with Swinburne University and the Victorian Government.  
  • Enabling science and technology through investment in breakthrough science, including a $20mn partnership with Fortescue which focuses on the development and commercialisation of new hydrogen technologies. 

CSIRO Hydrogen Industry Mission Lead Dr Patrick Hartley said CSIRO was uniquely placed to drive this collaboration.

“The goal of this Mission is to support the vision of a clean and competitive hydrogen industry for Australia by delivering research, development and demonstration partnerships which help make Australia’s hydrogen markets a reality,” Dr Hartley said. 

“CSIRO’s unique position at the nexus of research, government, and industry gives us the ability to bring together stakeholders, and our track record of partnering and leveraging research funds means that we are able to grow this new phase of the industry without the need for everyone to do it alone.”

 

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Jun 12, 2021

How BHP is addressing climate change

BHP
Sustainability
Climate Change
Decarbonisation
2 min
BHP's Fiona Wild, VP for Sustainability and Climate Change, explains how the mining major is tackling climate change

The materials BHP provides are central to modern life and the company is constantly evolving its approach to continue to deliver them sustainably into the future.

BHP is tackling climate change

BHP has laid out a comprehensive series of metrics, targets and goals...

"We have committed to holding management to account through a direct linkage of climate-related targets and goals to executive remuneration. And we have affirmed our commitment to advocate for public policy in pursuit of global decarbonisation.

"We will remain alert to technological, political and societal developments that may indicate changes to our signposts and the development of new uncertainties for our portfolio analysis. We will continue to monitor developments and review our approach as necessary, to respond to evolving approaches to climate change and climate-related disclosures."

Fiona Wild, Vice President, Sustainability and Climate Change

Fiona leads the design and implementation of our global climate change strategy, including activities in the areas of mitigation, adaptation, portfolio evaluation, stakeholder engagement and low emissions technology. 

BHP's purpose and strategy

"Our iron ore and metallurgical coal create the steel that builds cities and makes renewable energy infrastructure possible; our copper is needed for electrical appliances and wind turbines; our oil powers mobility; our natural gas and energy coal provide energy and heat; and our nickel enables the development of storage solutions for intermittent wind and solar power. And looking to the future, potash has the potential to support more efficient and sustainable agriculture by making crops more productive.

In 2020, BHP published its Climate Change Report 2020, a special publication designed for a more detailed discussion of our approach to identifying and managing climate-related risks and opportunities, which aligns with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations. It outlines its successes, learnings and plans for future initiatives.

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