This is Tasmania's moment. They were the words repeated throughout a Launceston event late in December that highlighted the potential and plans for green hydrogen in Tasmania and, in particular, the North of the state.
Representatives from some of the biggest players in the hydrogen and energy space joined business and community leaders to update plans to create a hydrogen industry in Tasmania and what the venture means for the state and the world.
Because it's not just about the clean, green image, Tasmania wants to uphold and improve - particularly after Tasmania declared itself to be powered 100 per cent by renewable energy. A goal reached two years ahead of schedule.
The target is not an easy feat, with only a handful of other countries achieving the same results, including Scotland, Iceland and Costa Rica.
Tasmania's sights are now firmly set on achieving a target of 200 per cent by the year 2040.
Revolutionising the energy space is not a new concept for Tasmania or Launceston. Hydroelectricity dates back to 1895 when the Duck Reach power plant was commissioned. This was the first public owned hydroelectric power station in the southern hemisphere.
We reaped the hydro scheme's benefits in Tassie back in the 1950s after World War II ended. Skilled workers and their families flocked to the state to help build the infrastructure.
This is what is so exciting about green hydrogen. We know that if we can fully capitalise on the investment, it's an opportunity that has few comparisons. The coronavirus pandemic has been likened to war time, and the hydrogen space could be the "big moment" referred to in the history books in years to come.
The investment is not just about us, but the Tasmanian hydrogen industry would offer the world a chance to reduce remissions.
Woodside, a green hydrogen proponent, told the audience that the time for talk was over last month. The company was ready for action at Bell Bay. The Woodside product would offer bulk export in the form of ammonia and would target the transportation sector.
Other proponents also announced that they are busily preparing to enter the market.
Premier Peter Gutwein told the audience that he had never been more excited in his time in parliament.
Green hydrogen is no longer a possibility, but a reality within our grasp.
The investment and creation of a new industry offer a chance to dream after 2020 brought us a year of reflection.