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United States – Canada Clean Energy Dialogue

The United States–Canada Clean Energy Dialogue (CED) was launched on February 19, 2009 to enhance Canada-U.S. bilateral collaboration on the development of clean energy science and technologies to reduce greenhouse gases and combat climate change. The CED is an important initiative in support of our ongoing efforts towards building a low-carbon North American economy.

Canada and the United States share the closest energy relationship in the world.  In 2013 we traded over C$140 billion worth of energy through a tightly integrated distribution network.1 Both countries have been endowed with valuable natural resources and talented human resources with the “know-how” to responsibly balance our need for energy with our need to protect the environment.

Moreover, our countries share a common commitment under the Copenhagen Accord to reduce our economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions to 17% below 2005 levels by 2020. The urgency to address global climate change calls upon us to work together to harness our natural and human resources in innovative ways to advance North America’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

The CED brings together senior representatives of the governments of Canada and the United States to develop innovative solutions for cleaner energy production, distribution, and use.  Working Groups composed of government officials collaborate to develop Action Plans, consulting with the private sector, academia, utilities, and sub-federal governments as appropriate. Work under the Working Groups is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of International Affairs2 and the Canadian CED Secretariat at Environment Canada.  Key accomplishments of the CED are presented in Reports to Leaders.

If you have any feedback or questions related to the CED and/or its initiatives, please contact the Canadian Secretariat of the CED.


1Statistics Canada and U.S. Census Bureau. Data are for total bilateral energy merchandise trade in 2013, excluding physical capital and energy services. See Industry Canada's Trade Data Online for more information.

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U.S.-Canada Clean Energy Dialogue

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