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Guarantee of Origin

04 December 2023

The Guarantee of Origin (GO) is a world-class assurance scheme being designed to track and verify emissions associated with hydrogen, renewable electricity and potentially other products made in Australia. Over time, it could expand to include a range of products such as metals and low emissions ​fuels.

A GO scheme will show where a product has come from, how it was made, and its lifecycle carbon intensity.

Australia’s GO scheme will inform choice. Consumers and investors will be able to choose what kind of product they buy and sellers will be able to prove the integrity of their product.

The scheme design is the result of extensive consultation by the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (the Department) and the Clean Energy Regulator (CER). To support international trade, the methodology underpinning the GO scheme is closely aligned with the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy.

The Department published an initial discussion paper in June 2021,​ two consultation papers in December 2022, and a further round of consultation​ in September 2023​.

The CER conducted trials throughout 2022 and 2023. These tested and verified the design of the GO scheme with producers of hydrogen and its derivatives. The trials brought together stakeholders operating some of Australia’s most advanced hydrogen projects, testing design elements such as metering approaches, reporting frameworks and emission intensity calculation methods.

To support the GO trials, the CER developed the Hydrogen Production Emissions Calculator, in partnership with GHD. The calculator is a tool to help stakeholders estimate greenhouse gas emissions from the production of hydrogen, and consider what information they might need to report if participating in the GO scheme. To download the latest version of the calculator and find out more, visit the Department’s GO consultation hub.

How Guarantee of Origin (GO) will work
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