Victoria's Renewable Gas Consultation
5 October 2023
Following ongoing meetings with Minister D'Ambrosio's office, along with the relevant departmental heads, the Victorian Government is open to the opportunities provided by LPG's transition to net zero bioLPG, from as soon as 2025-26, and ultimately to actual zero synthetic renewable LPG (rLPG) from the mid-2030s.
LPG is different to other gases, with a clear, commercially-viable and relatively easy path to decarbonise. Therefore, it has a positive role to play.
With 356,667 Victorian households (over 2 million nationally) relying on LPG for in-home uses - cooking, hot water and heating - the advent of bioLPG and rLPG means families can go on using LPG without having to change or adjust appliances. They are a simple one-for-one replacement.
Equally, commercial operations (i.e. kitchens in cafes, restaurants, bars, fish and chip shops, etc, schools, hospitals etc.) and industrial uses (including farms) can go on using, or switch to, LPG with confidence.
LPG's ability to replace natural gas, diesel (especially in regional/farm settings), and even marine diesel for shipping, is covered in the submission.
The Consultation Paper makes it clear the government sees no future in homes or commercial operations for hydrogen or biomethane. So the door remains very much open to LPG.
The the ban on new gas connections in residential settings across Victoria from next year does NOT apply to LPG. So Victorian homeowners can go on installing LPG for their in-home cooking, hot water and heating needs. The transition to net zero bioLPG and, ultimately, actual zero renewable LPG, represents a major boost for energy security and reliability, while taking pressure off an electricity grid coming under increasing pressure.
The next iteration of Victoria's Gas Substitution Roadmap is expected over coming months. GEA is actively engaged with the Victorian Government on the issues raised and opportunities in the submission attached.
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