In the course of the German Canadian Business Conference, Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck and Canada’s Federal Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson signed a declaration of intent on a German-Canadian Hydrogen Partnership on August 23 in Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador. 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.
During the conference, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz reaffirmed the most important German climate goals, which are to be achieved in addition to decoupling from Russian energy sources as quickly as possible. Germany relies on a close partnership with Canada - for raw materials such as green hydrogen and liquid gas, but also for industrial cooperation, technology partnerships and research cooperation.
“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.”
The Honourable 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.”
Vice-Chancellor of Germany