JAPAN’S Ministry of the Environment has chosen Marubeni Corporations hydrogen production project in South Australia as a pilot project for a program looking to co-operate with developing countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The South Australian government welcomed the funding for the green hydrogen export project.

The South Australian Government welcomes the Japanese Government awarding funding to Marubeni Corporation for a project to export green hydrogen produced in South Australia to the Indo-Pacific region.

Japan’s Ministry of the Environment has selected Marubeni Corporation’s hydrogen production project in South Australia as a pilot project, as part of a program looking to cooperate with developing countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

South Australia minister for energy and mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan said the investment showed the success of the state government’s Hydrogen Action Plan in attracting investment.

“For a number of years, we’ve been building relationships with key governments and companies who are interested in hydrogen produced by renewable energy. It’s wonderful to see these partnerships solidifying into investments,” he said.

Marubeni will be procuring green hydrogen derived from renewable energy in South Australia and is working with the South Australian government on project development, including site selection.

The project was showcased as part of COP26 in Glasgow held on 11 November and hosted by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan.

At the event, Japanese minister of the environment Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi said, “Today’s side event is a great start to our bilateral co-operation between Japan and Australia to expand the green hydrogen market and build an international supply chain in the Indo Pacific area, including the island countries in the Pacific.”

State minister for trade and investment Stephen Patterson said he was delighted that South Australia and Japan are once again collaborating and working together to create a more sustainable future for their regions.

“South Australia and Japan’s partnership on green hydrogen projects continues to gather momentum and I’m delighted that we will be further collaborating on realising both Australia and Japan’s goal of creating a carbon-neutral society through the export of low-cost, green hydrogen, produced by renewable energy resources from South Australia,” Mr Patterson said.

“Marubeni is an important partner for the South Australian Government in supporting and showcasing that low-cost hydrogen production can be achieved right here in South Australia. It’s an exciting time for both our regions as we aim to reach a sustainable future.”

Marubeni selected South Australia as its preferred location to capitalise on its available and high-quality natural resources, along with the state’s developed infrastructure.

Mr van Holst Pellekaan said the South Australian government has big ambitions of net-100% renewables by 2030, and 500% of current grid demand in renewable energy by 2050.

“It is an exciting opportunity for South Australia to showcase to the world that we are ideally located for low-cost, clean hydrogen production to help others to reach their carbon emissions reduction targets,” he said.

“The Marshall government is securing our future harnessing our abundant renewable energy to become a renewable energy exporter, cutting emissions here and abroad.”