Canada and Japan Announce Clean Energy Cooperation at G20

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June 17, 2019                                   Karuizawa, Japan                       Natural Resources Canada

International clean energy collaboration and innovation through the G20 will provide the world with clean, affordable and reliable energy sources. Canada is poised to take a leadership role in the global energy transition currently underway.

Paul Lefebvre, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, on behalf of Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, announced the signing of two Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) on clean energy cooperation with Japan following the successful G20 Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth Ministerial Meeting, held from June 15 to 16 in Karuizawa, Japan.

This G20 Ministerial meeting was a historic first, which jointly discussed energy and the environment, reinforcing the important relationship between the environment and our shared clean energy future.

Building on past collaboration, the first MOU commits Natural Resources Canada and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to advance cooperation in the areas of clean energy, energy efficiency, oil and gas and to accelerate action on climate change in multilateral fora.

The second commits Natural Resources Canada and the Japan Coal Energy Center to work together on clean energy, including carbon capture utilization and storage technologies.

Canada’s contribution to the G20 builds on the momentum created from hosting the 10th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and 4th Mission Innovation (MI) Ministerial in Vancouver, B.C., last month and its successful 2018 G7 Presidency. At the G20 Ministerial, Canada seized the opportunity to:

  • demonstrate leadership on the transition to a low-carbon economy and advance international collaboration to accelerate progress toward a clean energy future;
  • reinforce Canada as a secure and sustainable resource supplier and competitive investment destination; and
  • build on the message from CEM10/MI-4 that Canada is taking its place as a global clean energy leader.

Most importantly, the outcomes of this G20 meeting support Canada’s vision for a clean energy future.

Canada is committed to supporting clean energy initiatives that create jobs, support investment and strengthen industry competitiveness to advance its clean energy future and help realize its global climate change goals.


“Our government is proud to announce two important agreements to advance Energy Collaboration with Japan that demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the global energy transition. These agreements support Canada’s role as a global leader and supplier of affordable, secure and sustainable resources, clean technologies and services.”

Paul Lefebvre

Parliamentary Secretary to Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources  

“Canada is taking a leadership role in the clean growth century by balancing the environment and economy both domestically and internationally. Building on strong partnerships through groups like the G20 and CEM/MI, we are creating economic opportunities that will result in investment, middle-class jobs for Canadians and a clean planet for future generations.”

Amarjeet Sohi
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources 

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