Sustainable Hydrogen Certification: A Multistakeholder Governance Approach

April 7th, 2022

R&D Focus Areas:
Hydrogen certification schemes, Social licence, Local communities

Lead Organisation:
University of Tasmania

Renewables, Climate, and Future Industries Tasmania (ReCFIT)


Start date:
April 2022

Completion date:

Key contacts:
Professor Fred Gale:

Australian Research Council – Linkage Grant

Project total cost:

Project summary description:
The project aims to assist policy analysts to devise a sustainable certification scheme for hydrogen that meets multi-stakeholder requirements. Its significance lies in challenging a techno-economic mindset focusing only on the fuel’s carbon intensity within a production plant. Taking a comparative historical approach, and incorporating the views of energy experts and stakeholders, the expected outcome is options for a sustainable certification scheme that addresses all technical, economic, social, environmental and governance requirements. The research would support development of a ‘gold standard’ sustainable certification scheme that assures Australia’s competitiveness in export markets and influence in global certification negotiations.

Related publications and key links:
Gale, F., Goodwin, D., Lovell, H., Murphy-Gregory, H., Beasy, K. and Schoen, M., 2024. Renewable hydrogen standards, certifications, and labels: A state-of-the-art review from a sustainability systems governance perspective. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 59, pp.654-667. []

Higher degree studies supported:
A Post-Doctoral Fellowship is supported. A PhD student is supported.


Reviewed: April 2024