On Sunday June 13th 2021 Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his Japanese counterpart Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga engaged in a discussion on the sidelines of the G7 summit and announced Australia and Japan’s joint Partnership on Decarbonisation Through Technology.

Sharing a commitment to achieve the ambitious goals of the climate change Paris Agreement, the announcement reinforced each nation’s shared view that a technology-led response is critical to reducing greenhouse gas and carbon emissions while also ensuring economic growth and job creation. Importantly, the leaders highlighted the paramount role that the nascent hydrogen industry will play in driving the low emission technology transition across multiple sectors.

They have committed to increasing their joint focus in many energy sectors including clean hydrogen and derivatives produced from renewable energy or fossil fuels with substantial carbon capture, utilisation and storage.

The role of the HESC Project was singled out, once again, as an initiative of national significance for both countries with enormous global potential for broader decarbonisation, in line with the renewed impetus and focus of the G7 leaders. The joint statement from the two leaders said, “This partnership builds on our already strong cooperation through initiatives and statements such as the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC), the Japan-Australia Energy and Resources Dialogue (JAERD) and the Australia-Japan Joint Statement of Cooperation on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells.

HESC Project Partners warmly welcome the Australian and Japanese governments continued joint determination to reduce global emissions through technology-led initiatives and look forward to the successful delivery of the pilot project demonstration as well as a promising move towards full commercial operations in the years to come.