A global energy transition is fundamentally changing the way we produce and consume energy. In a world increasingly seeking clean, affordable and reliable energy sources, Canada is positioned to become a supplier of choice.
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today saluted ministers and energy leaders from over 25 countries at the conclusion of the tenth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and fourth Mission Innovation (MI) Ministerial in Vancouver, B.C., for reinforcing international collaboration and accelerating progress toward a future that is clean and more prosperous for future generations.
Following the success of last year’s ministerial meetings in Copenhagen and Malmö, and the momentum of Canada’s G7 presidency, Canada sought to strengthen cooperation among member governments, Indigenous peoples, women and youth, the private sector and international organizations to focus on workers and communities in this transition to affordable, secure and sustainable energy.
Driven by the need to address climate change and other environmental concerns, as well as by rapidly changing markets and technologies, Canada committed to being a clean energy leader by taking concrete steps to develop policies and make investments that will lead to:
- Smarter energy use for our homes, buildings, transportation and industry;
- Clean energy powering our communities and businesses;
- Use of more renewable fuels, including biomass and renewable natural gas; and
- Greater market access for our energy products, technologies and services by positioning Canada as the cleanest energy provider in the world.
Minister Sohi discussed Canada’s energy future – a clean future that guarantees Canadians good middle-class jobs and a strong economy and ensures that Canada remains a destination of choice for international investment. This builds on the Generation Energy Council Report submitted to the Government of Canada by leading Canadians. The report proposed principles on how to build our energy future where the economy and environment go hand in hand.
While CEM and MI are distinct fora, they share a common goal of advancing the clean energy revolution. The meetings bring together clean energy leaders and innovators from around the world to share cutting-edge transformations and advance international collaboration. The meeting provided Canada with the opportunity to demonstrate its leadership in addressing the challenges and seizing the opportunities of this clean growth century. Progress on these important discussions will continue throughout the year, leading up to the next Clean Energy Ministerial and Mission Innovation Ministerial meeting hosted by Chile in 2020.
“Canada recognizes the need to think differently about how we produce energy, move people, power our industries and heat our homes. The pace of this energy transition may vary from country to country, but there is no mistaking that the shift to a clean energy future is underway – and irreversible. Investments in clean technology and innovation are the new imperative, balancing environmental and economic stewardship. We look forward to continued collaboration with our international partners to advance the development of global clean energy policy, technology and innovation.”
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources