North American Cooperation on Energy

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On February 12, 2016, energy leaders from Canada, Mexico and the United States met for the North American Energy Ministers Meeting. During the meeting, the energy leaders signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Climate Change and Energy Collaboration.

The MoU provides the framework for Canada, Mexico and the United States to collaborate and share information across six key areas:

  • Sharing experience and knowledge in the development of reliable, resilient and low-carbon electricity grids;
  • Modelling, deploying and accelerating the innovation of clean energy technologies, including renewables;
  • Exchanging information in order to improve energy efficiency for equipment, appliances, industries and buildings, including energy management systems;
  • Exchanging information and promoting joint action to advance the deployment of carbon capture, use and storage;
  • Identifying trilateral activities to further climate change adaptation and resilience; and, 
  • Sharing best practices and seeking methods to reduce emissions from the oil and gas sector, including methane and black carbon.

Following the signing of this agreement in Winnipeg, the Ministers met again in Houston in late February to discuss a joint action plan of short- and long-term deliverables. Officials from the three countries were tasked at that time with launching short-term clean energy projects within the first 100 days. These include expanding clean electricity, improving industrial energy management systems such as ISO 50001 and working through the Mission Innovation initiative to accelerate the development of clean energy technologies.

This work by Mexico, the United States and Canada will also support the North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa on June 29, 2016.

Related links:
Memorandum of Understanding on Climate Change and Energy Collaboration

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