Australia and the Netherlands have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the construction of a green hydrogen supply chain from Australia to Europe via the Port of Rotterdam. During Australia’s Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen’s visit to Europe, the MoU was signed between him and the Netherlands Minister for Climate and Energy. This expands on existing agreements between many Australian jurisdictions and the Dutch port.
The memorandum discusses issues such as hydrogen trade policy, standards, and certification schemes; port infrastructure and supply chain development; novel hydrogen technologies; and government policies regarding hydrogen safety, social licence, and regulations. Australia intends to use renewable energy resources to produce hydrogen for domestic and global markets. The country’s international clean energy partnerships also include a Hydrogen Accord with Germany. Australia and Germany recently announced joint funding for four hydrogen projects.