April 2024 NewsFlash - AGA

April 2024 NewsFlash

  • 28-04-2024

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AGA NewsFlash

WaterMark Lead Free Plumbing Products

Connecting Green Hydrogen Conference

Illawarra's $43 Billion Shift to Renewable Energy


AGA gains WaterMark Certification accreditation for Lead Free plumbing products

AGA has recently gained official Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) and Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JASANZ) approval to conduct WaterMark Lead Free Certification under the WaterMark Certification Scheme. We can now issue the Lead Free trademarks to Approved Users. 

A54G of the National Construction Code 2022 outlines new requirements for any plumbing product containing copper alloy and intended for use in contact with drinking water, as well as the means for demonstrating evidence of suitability to those requirements. 

From 1 May 2026, only products WaterMark certified as conforming to the Lead Free requirements of NCC Volume Three, where required, will be authorised for use in plumbing installations. Products that do not conform to the Lead Free requirements will no longer have valid certification and will not be authorised for use in contact with drinking water.

More information is available via the following link Click HERE. If you require assistance or to update your WaterMark Certifications, please contact our office.

Join us at the forefront of the green revolution!

AGA is a proud association partner of this year’s Connecting Green Hydrogen APAC 2024 Conference.

The conference will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 10 & 11 July 2024. The event is a must attend for those looking to network and invest in the future of green hydrogen.

The conference is poised to be an epicentre of innovation and strategic partnerships and will include:

* Over 3,000 participants expected,

* More than 150 esteemed speakers and over

* 1000 decision-makers.

* 100+ exhibitors and sponsors showcasing cutting-edge technologies and solutions.

We are excited to highlight the involvement of the Hon Chris Bowen MP, Minister for Climate Change and Energy. He will deliver the welcome address on developing a sustainable hydrogen economy in the APAC region and globally.

We are also proud to highlight the participation of our Renewable Energy Technical Advisor, Mr Tom Lord. Tom will be moderating an insightful panel on “System Methodology to Achieve Low Levelized Cost and High efficiency in the Hydrogen Value Chain: Production, Operation, Supply.” This panel will delve into strategic advancements that enhance the sustainability and efficiency of hydrogen production.

Event Details:

* Dates: 9th-11th July 2024

* Location: Melbourne, Australia

* Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

* For more information and to register: Click Here

* Contact: Marketing@leader-associates.com 

For further details and updates, please visit: Connecting Green Hydrogen APAC 2024.

AGA is pleased to extend exclusive discounts to our members and associates.

Join AGA and the global hydrogen community in Melbourne and contribute to shaping a sustainable future. We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a groundbreaking event in the green hydrogen industry.

Illawarra's $43 Billion Shift to Renewable Energy

Illawarra, a region South-East of Sydney is proposed to be one of five Renewable Energy Zones (REZs) with a potential of up to a $43 billion in investment. Wollongong has already a strong presence exploring renewable energy with soon Port Kembla also advancing with a mammoth development of large-scale energy production. 

Currently Wollongong has undergone a green energy transformation with some projects already commissioned including not only Australia’s first zero emission hydrogen powered garbage truck but also Australia’s first power station running from a blend of gas and green hydrogen. EnergyAustralia’s Tallawarra B project is the latest power station developed to replace the retired coal Liddell Power Station as an effort to directly reduce carbon emissions. 

In support of the green energy, a team of researchers named Hysta at the University of Wollongong have developed the world’s most efficient electrolyser and now have secured a manufacturing facility in Port Kembla. This new breakthrough in electrolyser technology has significantly improved the current efficiency from 75% to now operate at 95%. It is hopes that producing this electrolyser at large-scale production, this will in return reduce the costs for production and purchasing of green hydrogen.
Port Kembla also already strategically plays a large role in NSW as being a major industrial seaport. Now, the NSW Government has ambitious plans to revolutionize and rapidly transform Port Kembla as a leading power generator by constructing a green hydrogen hub with a capacity of 5GW. The hub is estimated to generate up to 110,000 tonnes of green hydrogen per annum for domestic and export markets as well as plans to blend up to 10% of hydrogen in the Illawarra pipelines by 2030.

With a shift to renewable energy and coal-fired power stations retiring, the integration of these Renewable Energy Zones are essential to support the current and future demand for energy. By connecting multiple green energy projects to the electricity gird, this will provide reliable energy from significant new energy supply sources including solar, wind and hydro. In return, this can deliver cheaper and cleaner energy while achieving a decarbonized future.

Latest Standards Updates

AS/NZS 5263.1.10:2019 Amd 1:2024 – Gas appliances, Part 1.10: Gas direct fired air heaters was published on the 28 March 2024

AS/NZS 5263.1.11:2020 Amd 1:2024 – Gas appliances, Part 1.11: Small gas engine driven appliances was published on the 22 March 2024

AS/NZS 5263.1.7:2020 Amd 1:2024 – Gas appliances, Part 1.7: Domestic outdoor gas cooking appliances was published on 22 March 2024

AS/NZS 5263.1.4:2017 Amd 1:2024 – Gas Appliances, Part 1.4: Radiant gas heaters was published on 22 March 2024

Please contact your AGA Client Manager if your Certifications are affected.