Canada is a net exporter of most energy commodities and is an especially significant producer of conventional and unconventional oil, natural gas, and hydroelectricity. Canada is a key, and like-minded, energy partner of the EU.
High level dialogue on energy
The high level dialogue on energy was established in 2007 and revitalised at the EU-Canada Summit in 2014. It covers key areas for cooperation such as energy security, increased energy efficiency, renewable energy, the safe and responsible exploitation of conventional and unconventional energy resources, liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade, and improved market transparency and stability.
More specifically, the dialogues include the following issues:
- gas and oil markets in Canada and the EU (including infrastructure, LNG, unconventional resources)
- research innovation (focusing on carbon capture and storage, smart grids, and other areas to be jointly defined)
- renewables in EU and Canada
- co-operation in international fora
- co-operation in Ukraine
- evolving global LNG market
- international for a, such as International Renewal Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Energy Agency (IEA)
- public acceptance of new energy infrastructures
Several workshops on different energy-related issues have been organised between the European Commission and Canada in the past years.
Following the 2020 workshop on energy efficiency, the EU and Canada affirmed their wish to continue an exchange on key topics of interest. A series of 5 “Canada-EU exchange” webinars were planned for the first half of 2021 to cover selected building policies and programmes, their implementation, best practices and innovative policies across Canada and EU countries.
- 20 June 2022 – Virtual webinar: Second EU-Canada Dialogue on Hydrogen
- 28 April 2022 - Virtual workshop: First EU-Canada Dialogue on Hydrogen
- 6 July 2021 – Data that Informs Efficiency Policie
- 15 June 2021 – Innovative financing and business models
- 18 May 2021 – Supporting local action
- 20 April 2021 – Pathways to 2050: Deep-dive into policy strategies to boost building renovation
- 9 March 2021 - Financing mechanisms and overarching plans supporting recovery and building renovation in the EU and Canada
- 3-4 March 2020 – Workshop on energy efficiency, Ottawa
- 5-6 June 2017 – Energy efficiency standards in buildings, Ottawa
- 9-10 July 2015 – Renewable carbon sources processing to fuels and chemicals, Brussels
- EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
- EU-Canada Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) (2016)