The Office of Energy Research and Development (OERD) coordinates the Government of Canada's participation in international energy R&D.
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Generation IV International Forum
In 2001, ten countries, including Canada, initiated the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) to collaboratively develop the next generation of nuclear energy systems that will provide competitively-priced and reliable energy in a safe and sustainable way. The Canadian National Program on Generation IV Energy Technologies funds and coordinates the nuclear research within Canada that will fulfill Canada's obligations under the GIF treaty.
The Office of Energy Research and Development leads the Gen IV Canadian National Program. For further information please contact OERD.
International Energy Agency
Canada's international collaboration on energy research, development and demonstration (RD&D) is mainly advanced through participation in the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Energy Technology Network, which includes the Committee on Energy Research and Technology (CERT), CERT Working Parties and Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs).
CERT, comprised of senior experts from IEA member governments, considers effective energy technology policies and incentives to improve energy security, encourage environmental protection and maintain economic growth. The committee oversees the technology forecasting, analyses and the RD&D strategies of the IEA Secretariat. It also provides strategic guidance to its Working Parties, Experts' Groups, and TCPs.
A TCP is a cooperative project established by at least two IEA member countries to carry out a wide range of activities such as energy technology RD&D and analysis, capacity building, dissemination and scientific exchanges.
Mission Innovation (MI) is a global initiative of 24 countries and the European Commission (on behalf of the European Union) working to accelerate global clean energy innovation. MI was announced at COP21 on November 30, 2015, as world leaders came together in Paris to commit to ambitious efforts to combat climate change.
OERD leads Canada’s participation in MI.
For more information on Canada’s contributions, please visit our member page on the MI website.
In 1995 the Government of Canada signed the Canada-European Union Agreement for Scientific and Technological Co-operation with the European Union, covering a range of S&T including energy. This Agreement gives Canadian companies, universities and research institutes the opportunity to join with European partners to prepare research proposals under the EU´s Framework Programmes for R&D. It allows Canadian researchers to participate in basic and applied research across many fields, including non-nuclear energy. Further information is available from the International Trade Canada web site.
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
Canada cooperates with Pacific Rim countries through the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). APEC has a number of Working Groups one of which, the Energy Working Group, deals with broad energy issues. Working Groups are also sub-divided into Expert Groups. As a member of the Expert Group on New and Renewable Energy Technology, OERD represents Canadian areas of interest, exchanges information and seeks opportunities for cooperation related to new and renewable energy S&T.
Canada-UK Power Forward Challenge
The Canada-UK Power Forward Challenge is a $20-million joint initiative between Natural Resources Canada (led by OERD) and the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Launched in October 2018, Power Forward challenged Canadian and U.K. innovators to join forces and accelerate breakthrough innovations that harness distributed energy resources for more integrated, cleaner, and flexible power grids, ready for 2030 and beyond. The seven finalist teams selected in March 2019 will each receive up to $3 million to build a demonstration of their solution and compete for the $1 million Grand Prize to be awarded by March 2021.
Power Forward builds on Canadian and UK strengths in smart grid technology, creates opportunities for Canadian and UK firms looking to expand into new markets, and supports both countries’ leadership and competitiveness in clean technology innovation.
For more information on Power Forward and the other five cleantech challenges delivered by NRCan ($75 million over four years) under the Impact Canada Initiative, please visit the Impact Canada website.
U.S. Department of Energy
Canada cooperates with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on energy research and development in the areas of fuel cells, fossil fuels, bioenergy, community systems and microgeneration, nuclear fission, and carbon sequestration. It participates in the following U.S.-led multi-lateral technology initiatives:
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