Queensland is currently leading the charge in preparing its workforce for emerging jobs in the green hydrogen industry after launching a safety code of practice draft.
The Minister for Resources, Scott Stewart, said that QLD will be the first state to ensure that a clear pathway for hydrogen safety system compliance is developed.
“Green hydrogen is an emerging industry which will create new jobs throughout regional Queensland which is why it’s important the right safety guidelines are in place,” said Stewart.
While current legislation and safety requirements are tailored for traditional products such as LPG and natural gas, they do not specifically target hydrogen fuel applications. The draft code is set to amend the gaps in the legislation by delivering a framework to outline minimum safety requirements so that all business can assure they are compliant.
The draft comes after the Palaszczuk Government backed green hydrogen with a $2 billion Hydrogen and Renewable Energy Jobs Fund was announced in 2021, ensuring jobs all across QLD.
The fund successfully secured the world’s largest electrolyser manufacturing plant in Gladstone, fuel cell manufacturing in Springfield and the tri-state Hydrogen Superhighway agreement with New South Wales and Victoria.
Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen, Mick de Brenni said that QLD’s reputation for safety and reliability is a key consideration for both employees and investors.
“Green hydrogen is key to diversifying our energy sector and growing more jobs in more industries,” said de Brenni.
“As we grow the future fuels value chain, workers and unions have told us they want their workplaces and processes to meet the highest safety requirements, so the Palaszczuk Government will lead as the first jurisdiction to establish a hydrogen code of practice.”
Minister Stewart encouraged other state regulators as well as hydrogen companies and businesses that are planning hydrogen projects to step forward to provide input into the draft.
Once feedback for the draft has been considered, relevant legislative amendments and policy approaches will be finalised later in 2022. The plan is for the legislature to be routinely reviewed and revised as new standards, competencies and applications are developed within the industry.