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Zero Carbon Certification Scheme

In December 2020, the Smart Energy Council launched its Zero Carbon Certification Scheme. It is an industry-led Guarantee of Origin style scheme which promotes the uptake and distribution of renewable hydrogen products and their derivatives in Australia and overseas. The scheme, which will be delivered through the Smart Energy Council’s Hydrogen Australia division, will assess the embedded carbon in participating hydrogen, ammonia and metals produced within Australia.

This industry-led initiative will be cognisant of the Australian Government’s work in this area as part of the National Hydrogen Strategy and will complement international certification work.

Our aim is to accelerate the development and deployment of renewable hydrogen, green ammonia and green metals in Australia and around the world.

Project Background:

Following the announcement of the National Hydrogen Strategy, one of the core aspects highlighted by the Federal Government was a need for a ‘robust, internationally accepted, provenance certification scheme.’ The Smart Energy Council, through its Hydrogen Australia division, seeks to initiate a scheme which can be implemented on a voluntary basis with the aim to expand the scheme to a state, national, and international context.

The Zero Carbon Certification Scheme seeks to promote the uptake and distribution of renewable hydrogen products and derivatives in Australia, and internationally. The scheme will assess the embedded carbon in participating hydrogen, ammonia and metals produced within Australia.

There is a real need for a national and international industry-led certification scheme for renewable hydrogen, renewable ammonia, and renewable metals to support the industry and prompt a faster transition to a zero-emissions economy.

There is an opportunity to build an internationally significant certification scheme for renewable hydrogen, renewable ammonia, renewable metals and other derivatives. This can be driven by the Smart Energy Council and Hydrogen Australia, together with international partners.


Founding Partners:

The ACT Government is the executive authority of the Australian Capital Territory. Australia’s first public Hydrogen refuelling station, operated by ActewAGL, has opened in Fyshwick, marking a major milestone in the rollout of zero emissions vehicles in the ACT. Government is committed to addressing transport emissions by supporting Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) uptake together with measures to increase uptake of active travel and public transport. The ACT Government will also use this station to service Australia’s first government fleet of hydrogen vehicles, 20 FCVs, as the government continues to transition 100% of its passenger fleet to zero emissions vehicles where fit for purpose.

The Victorian Government is the executive authority of the state of Victoria. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is exploring the role of gas and alternative low emission fuels in progressing to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, while continuing the supply of affordable, reliable and secure energy to Victorian homes and businesses.

The Ammonia Energy Association, is a non-profit membership organization, and has been promoting the use of ammonia in a sustainable energy economy since 2004. The Ammonia Energy Association is the global agent of collective action for the ammonia energy industry by creating, collecting, organizing, and disseminating relevant knowledge for the responsible use of ammonia in a sustainable energy economy.

CWP was founded in 2007 based on a passion for renewables and the opportunities that a timely entry into the emerging renewable energy market in Southeast Europe presented. After entering Australia in 2008, they successfully developed a 2 GW renewable energy platform, pioneering new business models such as corporate PPAs and non-recourse financing based on value-enhancing part merchant offtake strategies. CWP Global was formed in late 2020 after a merger between CWP Renewables and the Grassroots Renewable Energy Trust, creating a multi-billion dollar integrated renewables company in partnership with Partners Group. CWP Global is one of the lead developers on the 26GW Asian Renewable Energy Hub project.



Energy Web (EW) is a global nonprofit organization accelerating a low-carbon, customer-centric electricity system by unleashing the potential of open-source, decentralized technologies. EW focuses on building core infrastructure and shared technology, speeding adoption of commercial solutions, and fostering a community of practice. In 2019 EW launched the Energy Web Chain, the world’s first open-source, enterprise blockchain platform tailored to the energy sector.


In January 2018, the part of ActewAGL that operates and maintains the ACT electricity and gas network changed its name to Evoenergy. Evoenergy is the name used by the electricity poles and wires, and gas pipes business and is part of the ActewAGL Distribution partnership. Evoenergy and the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) have partnered to build a first-of-its-kind hydrogen test facility at CIT’s Fyshwick campus. The facility opened in December 2018, and since then, the facility has been testing how hydrogen interacts with our network materials, work practices and equipment.


Power Ledger is an operating system for new energy markets enabling tracking and trading of energy, flexibility services and environmental commodities. They develop software for clients and partners that allows consumers and producers to track, trace and trade every kilowatt of energy.



Star Scientific Limited was founded by Andrew Horvath who is its Global Group Chairman. Early years were spent working to advance muon-catalysed fusion, which led to the tangential development of a unique catalyst which reacted with hydrogen and oxygen to create heat. This became the award-winning HERO – the Hydrogen Energy Release Optimiser, a zero-emissions hydrogen energy and heat solution.

COP26 High Level Champions

At the COP 21 United Nations climate change conference in Paris, governments agreed that mobilizing stronger and more ambitious climate action is urgently required to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. To connect the work of governments with the many voluntary and collaborative actions taken by cities, regions, businesses and investors, nations decided to appoint two high-level champions. The current High Level Champions are Gonzalo Muñoz and Nigel Topping.


Yara International is a Norwegian chemical company. Its largest business area is the production of nitrogen fertilizer, however it also encompasses the production of nitrates, ammonia, urea and other nitrogen-based chemicals. The Yara Pilbara Fertilisers plant is one of the largest ammonia production sites in the world and exports ammonia to domestic and global markets from the nearby port of Dampier, which is mainly used in fertilisers to help feed the world.



Australian National University (ANU) is a world-leading university in Australia’s capital. The Energy Change Institute provides authoritative leadership in energy research, education and public policy. With a broad portfolio ranging from the science and engineering of energy generation and energy efficiency, to energy economics, regulation, security, sociology and policy.


The German Energy Agency (dena) is Germany’s centre of expertise for energy efficiency, renewable energy and intelligent energy systems. They develop solutions and put them into practice, both nationally and internationally by bringing together partners from politics and industry across all sectors.

Partner Initiative:

Green Hydrogen Catapult

The Green Hydrogen Catapult is a global coalition of seven leading renewable hydrogen companies seeking to accelerate the scale and production of green hydrogen 50-fold in the next six years.

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