The German Energy Agency (dena) and the state “Transition energetique Quebec” (TEQ) started their international energy transition cooperation with a joint workshop. The aim of the cooperation between Germany and Quebec is to share practical experience and to jointly implement research and pilot projects for the energy transition. The focus is on the use of hydrogen and innovations in the field of energy efficiency, such as serial renovation.
“Following public consultations, the Quebec government has geared its energy policy towards energy efficiency, innovation and renewable energies. The transition to a climate-friendly economy is also part of the change. However, there is still a great need for action in the transport sector: 40 percent of Quebec’s CO2 emissions are due to transport, and the trend is rising. As an additional drive option, hydrogen can reverse this trend – especially in heavy goods traffic, ”explains Andreas Kuhlmann, chairman of the dena management board. “At the same time, Quebec generates more than 99 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, mainly hydropower, which is increasingly being supplemented by wind. These are ideal conditions for developing a green hydrogen sector in the region.
Johanne Gélinas, Managing Director of Transition énergétique Québec, says: “The energy transition is – here as elsewhere in the world – an ambitious social project for which national borders do not play a role. The goals are the same everywhere. That’s why we look forward to working together and sharing experiences. In order for the energy turnaround to succeed, we need the joint efforts of all those involved. The partnership with dena serves precisely this purpose. ”
Transition énergétique Québec (TEQ) is a state-owned company whose task it is to support, stimulate and promote the transition to an innovative and efficient energy system. TEQ also coordinates the implementation of programs and measures necessary to achieve Quebec’s energy goals. transitionenergetique.gouv.qc.ca