Clean Technology Canada

Canada’s Natural Resources Minister to build up partnerships with U.S.

May 13, 2022
By Canadian Manufacturing
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The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, was in Washington, DC, to meet with U.S. Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm. (CNW Group/Natural Resources Canada)

WASHINGTON — Natural Resources Canada has put out a statement condemning Russia’s efforts to use energy as a tool for influence and coercion following the most recent developments in the country’s war against Ukraine.

“We are working closely with our international partners, while reinforcing our shared climate goals, to maintain the stability of global energy markets and to secure energy supply chains,” the statement reads.

Earlier this week, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson visited Washington to meet with U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, senior White House officials from the National Economic Council and business leaders to advance global and North American energy security and to discuss shared opportunities to accelerate climate action and the transition to net-zero emissions.

Wilkinson reportedly spoke with U.S. officials about ways to strengthen collaboration on critical minerals, clean hydrogen, nuclear technologies, carbon removal and achieving a clean North American electricity grid.

In the next year, they plan to strengthen the Canada-US critical minerals action plan. Additionally, they will work to identify key locations for cross-border hydrogen hubs and corridors. They will also take measures to accelerate the implementation of the MOU signed between the U.S. Department of Energy and Natural Resources Canada concerning cooperation on energy, which includes Canada’s commitments to achieve a net-zero emissions electricity grid by 2035.

Their stated plans aim to support carbon removal technology development and deployment, target cooperation on responsibly managed nuclear power opportunities,  and emphasize the importance of affordable energy, particularly for Indigenous communities.

“Canada and the United States share a common border, common interests and common values. We have an opportunity to work actively together to accelerate effective implementation while concurrently building an economy that will provide jobs and economic opportunity for all. I look forward to working with Secretary Granholm to make this happen,” said Natural Resources Minister, Jonathan Wilkinson in a statement.