The Australian Hydrogen Council (AHC) has welcomed the Federal Government’s move towards decarbonising the country’s transport sector through expansion of its Future Fuels Fund but believes more can be done to drive the transition.

The AHC says the larger $250 million Future Fuels Fund will be critical to enabling the roll-out of hydrogen refuelling and electric vehicle charging infrastructure in cities and across regional Australia however further market incentives and fuel emissions standards should be introduced to accelerate Australia’s transition to zero emissions vehicles.

“Today’s announcement is fundamental to a greener future because decarbonisation of the transport sector is paramount to reaching net zero”, said the CEO of the Australian Hydrogen Council,  Dr Fiona Simon,

“Transport is Australia’s second largest emitter, making up 19 per cent of greenhouse emissions,” Dr Simon said.

“We know that  fuel  cell  electric  vehicles (FCEVs)  will  work  alongside  battery  electric  vehicles (BEVs) to power the new generation of road transport,” she added.

“Clean hydrogen is already well placed to compete with incumbent fuels such as diesel. As the National Hydrogen Strategy notes, hydrogen fuel carries significantly more energy than the equivalent weight of batteries.

“This  is  particularly important  for  buses  and  trucks  that  travel  long distances,  or  where  battery  weight  compromises effective  payload.  Hydrogen  is  also  suitable  for  commercial use  where  effective  range  and  recharging/refuelling times  affect  the  bottom  line.

“We now need to coordinate and plan to ensure that our roads, ports, electricity and gas infrastructure can be optimised to support clean road transport and introduce appropriate fuel standards to incentivise the transition.

“We look forward to working with Government to ensure that Australian consumers have choice when it comes to accessing the new transport technologies,” concluded Dr Simon.