| February 4, 2022

Australia’s First Green Hydrogen Project Certified

The Smart Energy Council today announced ActewAGL’s hydrogen refuelling station in Canberra has been certified with renewable green hydrogen produced from 100 percent renewable energy and with zero carbon emissions.

“This is the first project to be certified under the Smart Energy Council’s world-leading Zero Carbon Certification Scheme,” said John Grimes, Chief Executive of the Smart Energy Council.

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Shane Rattenbury, ACT Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, refuelling ACT government vehicle.


The ACT Government is a founding partner of the Zero Carbon Certification Scheme which now has 15 Founding Partners and international advisors.

ACT Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Shane Rattenbury, said renewable hydrogen is the only hydrogen that should be produced in Australia.

“Any investment in the hydrogen industry should be green hydrogen, that is hydrogen made using renewable electricity. That is why the Smart Energy Council’s scheme is important because it will enable hydrogen and related products to be certified as zero emissions. It is critical we can track how these products are manufactured so customers can be certain the product they select is genuinely zero emissions.”

“ActewAGL’s hydrogen refuelling station is a landmark project – Australia’s first public hydrogen refuelling station. We have now certified that it is powered by 100% renewable energy and that it is producing zero emissions hydrogen,” said John Grimes.

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James Dunlop, General Manager – New Energy, ActewAGL and Smart Energy Council’s CEO, John Grimes.


“Achieving certification provides certainty to our customers that their vehicles are running on green hydrogen,” said John Knox, Chief Executive Officer of ActewAGL

The Smart Energy Council is also in the process of auditing Yara’s planned green ammonia plant in the Pilbara to ensure it is built with 100 percent renewable energy for zero emissions green ammonia. It is expected the ammonia production facility will be pre-certified by 31 July 2022.

Other Scheme Founding Partners include the Ammonia Energy Association, COP26 High Level Champions, CWP Global, Energy Web, Star Scientific and ACT renewable hydrogen cluster. The German Energy Agency and Green Hydrogen Catapult are Advisors. The Smart Energy Council is also working with the Green Hydrogen Organisation to develop a global standard for green hydrogen.

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James Dunlop, General Manager – New Energy, ActewAGL and Shane Rattenbury, ACT Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction.


Media Alert: Certification Ceremony

ActewAGL’s Renewable Hydrogen Refuelling Station | 12.30pm 4 February

16 Lithgow Street, Fyshwick

Speakers: Shane Rattenbury, John Knox, John Grimes


Minister Rattenbury will be driving a hydrogen car to the facility and refuelling the car. 


For interviews and more information, contact Wayne Smith on 0417 141 812.



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