June 2023 NewsFlash - AGA

June 2023 NewsFlash

  • 09-07-2023

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2nd Annual Hydrogen Connect Summit

Review of the National Hydrogen Strategy

Transition to lead free plumbing products – New WaterMark requirement

Standards Update

2nd Annual Hydrogen Connect Summit

6-7 Sept 2023 | Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

AGA is a proud Supporting Partner on Hydrogen Queensland’s 2nd Annual Hydrogen Connect Summit 2023. AGA is offering its industry network a Special 20% Discount off Summit registration. To take advantage of this offer please register via this unique registration link and enter Discount Code: AGA20%

With Hydrogen Queensland’s 2nd Annual Hydrogen Connect Summit just 2 months away we are excited to share with you some of the topics and key themes for 2023. Once again you will be spoiled for choice with a preliminary program designed to be as bold as the recent government announcements. For whatever you say or feel the hydrogen sector is here to stay and will be game changing in the next few months and the more distant future.

Bill Tabourlos, AGA’s Managing Director and Tom Lord, AGA’s Renewable Energy Technical Advisor will be presenting at this year’s Summit.

In close consultation with our HYDROGEN CONNNECT SUMMIT Advisory Board, we have been hard at work researching the most pertinent topics and issues currently facing Queensland (& Australia’s) hydrogen community.

In 2023 you will once again be presented with a world class Summit program which has been designed BY INDUSTRY, FOR INDUSTRY. As an industry/policy influencer and a true “not for profit” organisation, Hydrogen Queensland (H2Q) is taking ownership of the conversation. It is our priority to connect businesses and accelerate the growth of Queensland (& Australia’s) hydrogen economy.

The program is designed to offer you more certainty, clarity, lessons learned and future anticipations to de-risk your decision making as you strive toward your zero emission ambitions. Sessions and topics to be addressed in the 2023 program include:


1. Federal and State Government Lessons Learned: Future Plans to Align Policies, Mitigate Risks, Remove Barriers, and Accelerate the Australian Hydrogen Economy

2. Aligning European, Australian, American and Asian Emissions Accounting and Reporting Rules to Substantiate Emissions Claims Associated with Hydrogen Energy Use

3. Leveraging and Assessing the Success Criteria of Grant Funding Initiatives to De-risk Investment, Production, Distribution and Early Transition Offtake and the Advancement of Renewables

4. Focus on Asia: Investment and Offtake Commitments and Future Intentions to Grow the Australian Hydrogen Economy and Achieve Asia’s Decarbonisation Ambitions: Invited Panelists from Japan, Singapore and Korea

5. Investing in Bankable Hydrogen Projects and the Broader Hydrogen Market: Risks and Rewards

6. Corporate Case Study Panel Discussion: Gladstone Hydrogen Hub – Overcoming the Challenges and Lessons Learned in Delivering Hydrogen to Gas Network Offtakers: Insights from HyP Gladstone

7. Corporate Case Study Panel: Connecting with the Right Partners and Allies to Reach Financial Close and Deliver Green Hydrogen to Domestic and International Offtakers at the Right Price


1. Renewables Supply/ Demand Panel Discussion
2. Common Use Infrastructure Panel Discussion
3. Social License Panel Discussion
4. Refueling Panel Discussion


1. An Update on Hydrogen Safety Standards 2023 to offer Certainty, Transparency and Codes of Best Practice between States and Federal Government

2. Mobility Essentials for Transport Operators to Decarbonise their Fleets

3. Hydrogen Skills and Workforce Design, Build and Planning required to Serve a Well Operated Hydrogen Sector

4. Building the Financial Case to Transition to Hydrogen: Offtaker Workshop

5. How to Leverage the GO Scheme to Unlock Value for your Certified Renewable Hydrogen Investment, Production and Offtake Activities

6. Pre-empting your Green Hydrogen Project Risks with Sound Social License to Operate Practices 

7. Finding the Sweet Spot for e Fuels, Biofuels and Synfuels to Decarbonise Quickly

8. New ISO Standards on Emissions Accounting for Hydrogen: Upstream, Midstream and Downstream Requisites

Roundtable Discussion Groups with feedback on Day 1 of the Summit from the preceding workshops, to afford Summit delegates with the key take-outs.


1. Waste to Gas Plant
2. Hydrogen Electrolysis Production in Action
3. Waste to Energy Reforming
4. New Energy Hydrogen Production and Storage with Hydrogen Power Banks


Logistics and Mobility, Rail, Steel & Mining


Coming to you soon…


The return of the ever-popular Pitch Battle


Get involved early and make Hydrogen Connect Summit part of your strategic marketing plan for 2023. Gain access to a database of 12,000+ key hydrogen decision makers across Queensland & Australia.

To discuss any of the opportunities outlined in our 2023 PARTNERSHIP PROSPECTUS or to tailor a package to suit your specific requirements, please contact:

Phil McDermott: m: +61 491 209 066 | e: sponex@hydrogenconnect.com.au

Review of the National Hydrogen Strategy

Australia’s Energy and Climate Change Ministerial Council plans to review the National Hydrogen Strategy to position the country as a global hydrogen leader by 2030.

Hydrogen can play a vital role in achieving net-zero emissions across various sectors. Australia has significant potential for hydrogen investments and aims to develop a comprehensive national strategy.

The government seeks public input through reading the consultation paper and submitting feedback by August 18, 20023. This engagement will help shape priorities and realise Australia’s ambitions in the evolving hydrogen industry.

Please go to https://consult.dcceew.gov.au/review-of-the-national-hydrogen-strategy to read the department’s consultation paper to provide your submission.

Transition to lead free plumbing products – New WaterMark requirement

A 3-year transition period to lead free plumbing products for products that include copper alloy in contact with drinking water started on 1 May 2023.  

This has come into effect under Clause A5G4 of NCC 2022 Volume Three (Plumbing Code of Australia) that specifies that copper alloy plumbing products in contact with drinking water must limit the allowable lead content to a weighted average lead content of no more than 0.25%.  Such products must meet the new requirement by 1 May 2026.  

In addition, to identify lead free products, a new WaterMark logo has been introduced and which includes the lead free identification for products that are lead free WaterMark certified.

More information is available at https://www.abcb.gov.au/news/2023/transition-lead-free-plumbing-products-starts-now

Latest Standards Updates

The following Standards are out for public comment until 29 August 2023:

AS 4617:2018 Amd 2 – Manually operated gas valves

AS 4621:2019 Amd 2 – Regulator for use with liquefied petroleum – Vapour phase

AS 4627:2017 Amd 3  – Quick-connect devices for gas

If you would like to submit any comments, you may forward them directly through to Standards Australia – See following guide: Click Here