Jonathan Wilkinson

Deal to Enhance German Energy Security with Canadian Hydrogen

eAwaz Canada News

Stephenville – As Russia continues to weaponize energy in its illegal war with Ukraine, Canada is working with European partners to strengthen global energy security and accelerate the global clean energy transition. To these ends, Canada’s allies in Europe have initiated efforts to displace imports of Russian oil and gas in the short term while accelerating efforts to deploy renewable energy and clean hydrogen. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting these efforts.

Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, and Robert Habeck, Vice-Chancellor of Germany, were joined by Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Premier Andrew Furey and German Ambassador Sabine Sparwasser for the signing of a Joint Declaration of Intent committing the two countries to collaboration in the export of clean Canadian hydrogen to Germany.

The Canada–Germany Hydrogen Alliance will commit the two countries to:

  • enabling investment in hydrogen projects through policy harmonization;
  • supporting the development of secure hydrogen supply chains;
  • establishing a transatlantic Canada–Germany supply corridor; and
  • exporting clean Canadian hydrogen by 2025.

The Alliance will build on Canada’s Hydrogen Strategy and mark a step toward Canada’s objective of becoming a top global supplier of clean hydrogen. This Declaration sends a clear signal to the private sector and to sub-national leaders in both countries that Canada and Germany are committed to a policy and regulatory environment that will facilitate and encourage investment in the hydrogen value chain in both countries.

Canada has a long history of private and public leadership in hydrogen innovation, including fuel cell technology. In fact, Canada is home to the largest number of hydrogen engineers in the G20. Developing hydrogen will create good, middle-class jobs, grow local economies and fight climate change. Canada will continue to leverage this advantage — along with its bounty of natural resources — to build a clean and secure energy future at home and abroad.

“Unlocking the potential of hydrogen is an essential part of our government’s plan for a sustainable economic future — not just for the domestic opportunities for emissions reductions but also for its potential as an export opportunity: to provide clean energy to countries around the globe.” – Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources

“Green hydrogen is an important key for a climate-neutral economy. We must resolutely pursue climate change mitigation in order to secure our prosperity and freedom. This is more important and urgent than ever at this time. The Hydrogen Alliance between Canada and Germany is a significant milestone as we accelerate the international market rollout of green hydrogen and clear the way for new transatlantic cooperation. Specifically, we aim to build up a transatlantic supply chain for green hydrogen. The first shipments from Canada to Germany are to begin as early as 2025.” – Robert Habeck, Vice-Chancellor of Germany