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International Cooperation


Canada is one of the EU’s oldest and closest partners. What started out in the 1950s as a purely economic relationship has evolved over the years to become a close strategic partnership. The EU and Canada work closely together on global challenges such as the environment, climate change, energy security and regional stability throughout the world.

Cooperation in research between the EU and Canada is based on the 'Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the European Community and Canada' first signed in 1996 and amended in 1998. This agreement explicitly covers cooperative activities in the area of non-nuclear energy.

Learn more about how the EU and Canada have been working together in energy research.

Bilateral cooperation

Cooperation in energy research is high on the agenda of both parties. The declaration of the EU-Canada summit of 6 May 2009 states that "[The EC and Canada] believe research, development and demonstration are the activities most suited for our energy cooperation within, for example, our existing Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement; we identify Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), bioenergy, and distributed generation and smart electricity networks as the main priority areas for collaboration"

An increase in the intensity of energy research cooperation is foreseen, discussions on the modalities and timeframe of cooperation are ongoing, with a visit of EC officials to Canada planned for early 2010.

Multilateral cooperation

The EU and Canada work together in the following multilateral initiatives:

  • International Energy Agency: Canada is a founding member of the IEA. The Agency acts as energy policy advisor to 28 Member countries in their effort to ensure reliable. affordable and clean energy for their citizens.
  • Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum: Canada is a found member of the Forum since its inception in June 2003. The objective of the CSLF is:
    • to streamline co-operation aiming at developing improved cost-effective technologies for separating carbon dioxide from flue stream gases.
    • to store carbon dioxide safely for the long term; and
    • to make these technologies broadly applicable internationally for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.

    The CSLF is currently comprised of 22 members (21 countries plus the European Commission).

  • International Partnership in the Hydrogen Economy: Canada is a founding member of the Partnership since its establishment in November 2003. IPHE's objective is to reduce the global dependence on oil by supporting the deployment of hydrogen and fuel cells technologies, both for transportation systems and stationary applications. Currently the IPHE consists of 17 members (16 countries plus the European Commission).

Research projects

For more information please click on the project acronym

Under the Energy Theme of the current research funding programme (FP7, 2007-2013) so far no projects including Canadian participants have received funding.


Between 2002 and 2006 (FP6) 8 projects including 10 Canadian participants were funded under the research area 'Sustainable Energy Systems' (Topic 6.1.).

Project Acronym / Title Project total cost (Million EUR) Project EC contribution (Million EUR) Organisation name
Calcium Cycle for Efficient and Low Cost Co2 Capture in Fluidized Bed Systems
2.7 1.8 Natural Resources Canada
Carbon Dioxide Capture and Hydrogen Production from Gaseous Fuels
13.4 7.5 Suncor Energy Inc.
CO2 capture using amine processes: International cooperation and exchange
1.1 0.4 National Research Council of Canada - Conseil National de Recherches Canada
Demonstration of SOFC stack technology for operation at 600C
11.9 6.8 - University of Regina
- Energyinet Inc.
- Alberta Research Council Inc.
Safety of Hydrogen as an Energy Carrier
13.2 7.2 University of Calgary
Co-ordinated Action on Ocean Energy
1.7 1.6 Powertech Labs Inc.
Energy networks in sustainable cities
17.2 8.1 Ecole Polytechnique Montreal
Harmonisation of Standards and Regulations for a sustainable Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology
0.5 0.5 The CCS Global Group Inc


Between 1998 and 2002 (FP5) six energy research projects including seven, Canadian participants were funded.

Project Acronym / Title Project total cost (Million EUR) Project EC contribution (Million EUR) Organisation name
Thematic Network on Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Technology (SOFCNET)
2.4 1.7 University of Sherbrooke
The Weyburn CO2 monitoring project
2.2 1.2 Petroleum Technology Research Centre Inc.
Assessing Climate Response Options: POLIcy Simulations - Insights from using National and international models
0.9 0.3 Groupe d'Etudes et Recherches en Analyse des Decisions
Development of a Standard Method (Protocol) for the Measurement of Organic Contaminants 'Tars' in Biomass Producer Gases
0.3 0.3 Enerkem Technologies Inc. (Kemestrie Inc.Group)
Innovative In-situ Snow Parameter Sensing System Allowing Accurate Remotely Sensed Data Calibration For Improved Forecasting Of Hydro Power Resources
1.7 0.4 - Hydro-Quebec
- Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique
Clear Data for Clean
Clear Data For Clean Fuels
2.1 1.2 University of British Columbia