WA is joining a Zero Carbon Certification Scheme for hydrogen.

The McGowan Government has become a founding member of the Smart Energy Council's Zero Carbon Certification Scheme to boost the State's fledgling renewable hydrogen industry.

It is being described as a ‘Guarantee of Origin-style scheme’ that will accelerate the development and deployment of renewable hydrogen, green ammonia and green metals, such as green steel and green zinc, in Australia and around the world.

A Guarantee of Origin is a certificate instrument that labels the origin of a product and provides information to customers on the source of their products and how they are made.

The Smart Energy Council's scheme will certify the renewable hydrogen, green ammonia or green metal has been made from renewable energy sources, and provide an embedded carbon rating. It will operate as a tracking system for the amount of greenhouse gas emissions connected with the production.

As a founding partner, the McGowan Government will collaborate with the Smart Energy Council and its domestic and international partners to develop and implement the scheme.

The YURI Green Ammonia Project, a consortium between Engie Renewables Australia and Yara Pilbara Fertilisers, is the second project selected by the scheme for certification. Yara is also a founding member of the scheme.

Located on Murujuga (the Burrup Peninsula) near Dampier, the project will utilise solar energy to produce renewable hydrogen that will be used to produce green ammonia for export to global markets.