Clean and low carbon energy

An emerging hydrogen economy

Zero-emissions hydrogen produced from renewable sources has the potential to rapidly decarbonise our electricity and transport networks, and there are global efforts to accelerate the commercialisation of hydrogen technology.

The NSW Government has identified the Illawarra region with Port Kembla selected as one of two green hydrogen hubs across the state, with $70 million allocated for hydrogen hub development.

In order to build a world class hydrogen hub ecosystem, the Port Kembla Hydrogen Hub working group has been established which aims to maximise the opportunities through:

  • Facilitating the major energy projects across the region in hydrogen production, power generation, gas pipeline, import and export terminal infrastructure at the port of Port Kembla
  • Supporting technology demonstration projects that leverage existing infrastructure, connect industry expertise with research institutions and create new highly skilled jobs
  • Educating the community about the benefits of a hydrogen economy to build public trust, confidence, and social licence to operate

Commitment to a clean energy future

Over the last five years, Wollongong City Council has embarked on significant environmental policy development and partnerships to address the ongoing threat of climate change and promote a clean energy future.

A summary of Council’s recent activities is as follows:

  • In August 2017, Council became a signatory to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM), which commits Council to a series of activities to achieve a resilient and low-emission society.
  • In August 2019, Council declared a state of climate emergency that requires urgent action by all levels of government. As part of the GCoM, Council set a target of net zero emissions by 2050 for the City of Wollongong. Council also recognised the significance of its own contribution to the city’s emissions and the need to demonstrate leadership, and so set a target of net zero emissions by 2030 for its own operations.
  • In January 2020, Council joined the City Power Partnership Program (CPP) to help reduce emissions and to promote opportunities to our community and businesses. This program will support the city’s transition to a clean energy future by providing access to a range of resources to help evaluate and monitor actions and opportunities to collaborate and share knowledge with other Councils.
  • At its meeting of 16 November 2020, Council adopted its Climate Change Mitigation Plan 2020 and Sustainable Wollongong 2030: A Climate Healthy City Strategy.