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EU-Canada cooperation on energy issues

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

EU-Canada workshops

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.


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