Tasmania Signs Green Hydrogen MOU with Flanders

The Tasmanian Liberal government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Flanders in Northern Belgium to support cooperation on green hydrogen development. This unique agreement is the first state-to-state green hydrogen agreement signed by Tasmania and the first green hydrogen MOU signed by the Flanders.

The scope of the agreement is beyond the export and import of green hydrogen. Synergies have been identified between the two states in more niche areas, like the use of green hydrogen in aquaculture operations, the shipping sector, and offshore energy systems. The cooperation has already begun with the research institutions from both sides meeting via workshops and identifying further avenues for practical collaboration and knowledge sharing. This will also help ensure the local industries are informed by robust research and best practice.

Flanders is pursuing an ambitious decarbonization agenda to achieve its climate change goals. This move will accelerate global demand for green hydrogen and align with Tasmania’s goal to be a significant green hydrogen exporter by 2030.

The MOU with Flanders follows an MOU signed by the Tasmanian government with the Port of Rotterdam in December 2021 to investigate the feasibility of future exports of green hydrogen from Bell Bay to Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.