A vision for hydrogen in New Zealand

Green hydrogen has the potential to play a significant role in our energy system and could play an important role in decarbonising parts of our economy.

In September 2019, MBIE released the green paper "A vision for hydrogen in New Zealand" for public consultation to seek feedback about the challenges and opportunities of building a hydrogen economy in New Zealand, as part of our renewable energy strategy.

The green paper was developed based on workshops with key stakeholders and focused on 9 key areas:

  • hydrogen production
  • hydrogen electricity nexus
  • hydrogen for mobility
  • hydrogen for industrial processes
  • hydrogen for seasonal power generation
  • Decarbonisation of our gas
  • hydrogen for export
  • Innovation expands job opportunities
  • transitioning the job market

78 submissions were received from the public, industry, research institutions and public and private sector organisations. 

This green paper, along with the submissions will feed into a wider energy strategy for New Zealand. This will outline the pathway to a clean, green carbon neutral for New Zealand by 2050.

Read the submissions(external link)

Read the analysis of the submissions

Next steps

The next stage of the hydrogen strategy is the development of a New Zealand hydrogen roadmap.

Roadmap for hydrogen in New Zealand

Last updated: 13 October 2022