- Altmaier: “Canada gained an important partner for the transatlantic energy transition”
Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier signed today with his Canadian counterpart Seamus O’Regan the establishment of an energy partnership.
The German-Canadian energy partnership (PDF, 228 KB) aims to develop solutions to master the challenges of the climate change. Germany and Canada share a lot in common when it comes to climate and energy policy. Both countries have committed to achieving climate neutrality by 2050 .
Federal Minister Peter Altmaier: “Germany and Canada are both committed to an ambitious energy transition : We will both get out of coal- fired power generation, ramp up the production and use of hydrogen , rely more on CO2 pricing and further increase energy efficiency in the next few years . I see great opportunities for cooperation, especially in the hydrogen sector. ”
Seamus O’Regan , Canadian Environment Minister: “No democracy in the world is as rich in natural resources as Canada. New international energy partnerships like this one with Germany will help us to reduce emissions worldwide. Canada and Germany are both keen to get out of coal, ramp up hydrogen production, and price pollution. We want to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, an economy that continues to create good jobs and a low-carbon future that leaves no worker behind. ”
The focal points of the partnership are the integration of renewable energies, security of supply, technological innovations and cooperation, especially on the future topic of hydrogen.
The generation capacities for green hydrogen in Germany are being greatly expanded. In the future, however, a large part of the hydrogen requirement will also be imported.
Canada aims to become one of the world’s three largest producers of hydrogen by 2050 and export significant quantities.
The energy partnership is also intended to strengthen cooperation between German and Canadian companies.
The energy partnership is managed at the state secretary level. These will meet for the first time in May to develop a concrete work plan for the energy partnership.