Canada is a net exporter of most energy commodities and is an especially significant producer of conventional and unconventional oil, natural gas, hydroelectricity and renewable energy. Canada is a key, and like-minded, energy partner of the EU.
The EU and Canada enjoy a vibrant strategic energy partnership under the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) and Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the EU-Canada Green Alliance.
Both the EU and Canada seek to improve and diversify energy supplies, promote innovation and increase energy efficiency towards their shared goal of achieving climate-neutrality by 2050.
High level energy dialogue
The high-level energy dialogue was established in 2007 and revitalised at the EU-Canada Summit in 2014. It covers key areas for cooperation such as energy security, energy efficiency, renewable energy, nuclear energy, , methane emissions reduction, , cooperation on Ukraine, improved market transparency and stability and finally cooperation in international fora such as the International Renewal Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Recognising the essential role that clean hydrogen will play in decarbonising our economies and meeting global energy needs, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen agreed at the EU Canada Summit on 23-24 November 2023 to lay the foundation for the development of a reliable hydrogen supply chain between Canada and the EU as well as to develop common approaches to standards and the certification of hydrogen. Under the framework of the Canada EU-High Level Energy Dialogue, the two sides announced an enhanced roadmap to advance the commercialisation of the hydrogen industry and develop transatlantic trade.
The most recent energy dialogue took place on 25 June 2021.
EU-Canada Green Alliance
The EU-Canada Green Alliance was established on 24 November 2023, strengthening and further aligning the EU and Canada’s objectives on energy, climate action, the environment, research and innovation and climate and biodiversity financing.
The alliance includes a joint commitment to promoting ambitious climate action on the global stage through supporting developing countries and emerging economies, pursuing global energy efficiency and renewable energy targets and advancing work to reduce methane emissions.
Under the alliance, the EU also became a partner of Canada’s Global Carbon Pricing Challenge which seeks to increase explicit carbon pricing coverage of global emissions to 60% by 2030 and establishes a forum for enhanced collaboration on emissions trading.
Several workshops on different energy-related issues have been organised by 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 carried out in the first half of 2021 to cover selected building policies and programmes, their implementation, best practices and innovative policies across Canada and EU countries.
Under the EU Climate Dialogues Programme, the European Commission is planning a new series of 6 workshops in the second half of 2023 and 2024, focussing on methane emissions reduction. More information on these events and the link to follow the webinars will be added to the list below.
- 14 September 2023 – EU-Canada Dialogue on Methane – Towards a measurement-based methane emissions framework
- 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