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Canada and Germany strengthen program for transatlantic hydrogen corridor


Hamburg – Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, and Robert Habeck, German Vice-Chancellor and Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Action, strengthened their commitment to implement a transatlantic hydrogen corridor by signing a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a first-of-its-kind bilateral program.

This program will accelerate commercial-scale hydrogen trade between Canada and Germany, secure early access for clean Canadian hydrogen producers in the German market and strengthen our two countries’ efforts to fight climate change and enhance energy security. The Minister and Vice-Chancellor were joined by Canada’s Ambassador to Germany John Horgan, Indigenous leaders and senior representatives from the Canadian and Germany energy sectors for the signing of this historic agreement.

With jurisdictions around the world rapidly advancing hydrogen projects to compete in the European market, today’s announcement will help position Canada as a priority market for Germany to source product, enable Canadian producers to gain first-mover advantage and ensure Canada remains a global leader in the race to supply the world with clean hydrogen.

Under this Memorandum of Understanding, Canada and Germany will work to establish a dedicated Bilateral Window through Germany’s H2Global Foundation that will support commercial transactions between Canada’s hydrogen producers and Germany’s industrial manufacturing and energy distribution sectors. The Canada-Germany Bilateral Window will be administered by the H2Global Foundation and will conduct coordinated supply and demand side auctions that will connect Canadian hydrogen exporters with German buyers to facilitate the completion of commercially binding contracts for the sale of clean Canadian hydrogen and its derivatives within the established timelines.

This MOU delivers on the ambitious commitments made under the Canada-Germany Hydrogen Alliance signed by the two leaders in Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, in August 2022. This alliance includes the shared objectives of catalyzing investments in hydrogen products, supporting the development of secure hydrogen supply chains, establishing a Canada–Germany supply corridor.

Prior to today’s announcement, Canada has made significant efforts to support the production and export of clean hydrogen. These efforts include the introduction of bold policy initiatives to enable the development of a clean hydrogen export sector in Canada, including the Clean Hydrogen Investment Tax Credit and the Clean Technology Investment Tax Credit; establishing the Canada Growth Fund; and supporting leading hydrogen exporters in Canada with a combined $250 million in export development loans. 

(Photos of Hamburg and of Minister Jonathan Wilkinson)



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