Hydrogen and other renewable energy sources were high on the Queensland Governor’s agenda during a recent trip to the Netherlands and the UK arranged by TIQ.

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, visited late last year to strengthen Queensland’s strong bilateral ties and promote trade and investment priorities.

The Governor’s first stop was the Netherlands, where he attended a hydrogen roundtable hosted by the Australian Ambassador to the Netherlands, Matthew Neuhaus.

During the roundtable he promoted Queensland’s hydrogen strategy and engaged with representatives from the Office of the Netherlands Hydrogen, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and companies as such Royal Dutch Shell.

Mr de Jersey also visited the European headquarters of Queensland company Tritium, a global leader in fast-charging solutions for electric vehicles and the Premier of Queensland’s Exporter of the Year 2018.

He was given a tour of Tritium’s facilities and charging test bays, and learnt about their 2019 achievements, which include deals to supply:

  • a further 120 Ionity sites with up to 6 of the company’s flagship Veefil high-power chargers per site
  • Drive Energi’s planned 2,500 sites across the UK.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Europe and Queensland Agent-General in the UK Linda Apelt said the meetings reflected Queensland’s growing focus on renewable energy.

‘Queensland is a world-leading energy supplier, and our work in renewable hydrogen production will help us maintain that lead,’ Ms. Apelt said.

‘Electric vehicles are also a growing trend worldwide.’

Ms Apelt said the Governor also discussed other market opportunities across a range of sectors.

‘We are also exploring opportunities for further trade and investment with the UK in areas such as fintech, green finance, smart cities initiatives, cyber security and impact investment.

‘I’m sure Queensland will be reaping the rewards from the Governor’s visits.’

As Patron of the Queensland Ballet and Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Governor and Mrs de Jersey also attended a ballet recital by Leanne Benjamin AM OBE at Australia House, which was sponsored by Queensland company and 2019 Australian Exporter of the Year Populous, Study Queensland and Australian florist Roses Only.

The event was a celebration of cultural and creative activity, which contributed $111.7 billion to Australia’s economy in 2016–17.

Queensland talent features in some of London’s most renowned arts institutions and venues at the highest levels across various artistic genres. TIQ Europe has helped to promote a number of of Queensland creative organisations, including Erub Arts from the state’s far north, which took its Caught in the Net art exhibition to London’s JGM Gallery in August last year.

Promoting Queensland exports is a priority of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.