The Australian Hydrogen Council (AHC) has signed an MOU with the Sustainable Energy Council (SEC) to host the debut Asia Pacific Hydrogen 2023 Summit & Exhibition in Sydney.
Taking place from 26-27 October 2023 at the ICC Sydney, the event – which has secured support and participation from the Australia Trade and Investment Commission and the New South Wales (NSW) Government – is expected to welcome 3,000 attendees drawn from government and the private sector to explore hydrogen’s role in the future energy mix.
The two-day event is expected to attract thousands of visitors to the state and generate an estimated A$2.7 million (US$1.9 million) in direct expenditure to the NSW visitor economy.
Asia Pacific Hydrogen 2023 Summit & Exhibition will feature insights, showcase advancements and establish new partnerships that will accelerate the hydrogen industry scale-up to deliver a successful energy transition in line with 2030 and 2050 climate goals.
SEC organises three of these summit and exhibition events every year: one in America, one in Europe and one in Asia. Australia has been chosen by SEC as the leading location for the Asia Pacific Hydrogen Summit & Exhibition for years to come.
Minister for Energy, Matt Kean said: “We are pleased to bring together the SEC’s network of leaders from across government and industry in Sydney and show NSW is the number one destination for investment for green hydrogen. By 2030, the green hydrogen industry can grow our gross state product by A$600 million each year and by 2050 could attract up to A$80 billion of investment.”
Said Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of BESydney, which acted as advisors to the bid: “The local industry and government collaboration in securing the inaugural Hydrogen Summit for the Asia Pacific region is a great signal of intent of Australia’s ambitions to transition to a renewable energy superpower, placing Sydney alongside global hydrogen cities like Rotterdam and Washington DC. Events like this are a shot in the arm for tourism, but they also stimulate progress in the city, nation and region where they are held.”