United Arab Emirates (UAE) (January 19, 2022) – The CUBC Canada-UAE Energy and Clean Technology Working Group collaborated with and supported Canada’s Trade Commissioner Services’s “Canada Advancing Clean Energy – Hydrogen and Decarbonisation” forum in Abu Dhabi, held on January 19 on the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit.

The event brought together industry experts from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Canada and was an occasion to discuss the recent developments, challenges, and collaboration opportunities in hydrogen and decarbonisation.

The Honorable Jeremy Harrison, Minister of Trade and Export Development of Saskatchewan, and Jean-Philippe Linteau, Consul-General of Canada in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, provided opening remarks. CUBC Canada-UAE Energy and Clean Technology Working Group participants included Hatch, Masdar, and the Mubadala Investment Company.

“Significant room exists for cooperation between our two nations and for Canada to share our clean energy expertise in a number of areas including carbon capture, utilization and storage; hydrogen production; the development of small modular nuclear reactors; and supplying uranium to the UAE’s nuclear energy industry. Together we can develop pathways to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

 The Honourable Jeremy Harrison, Minister of Trade and Export Development of Saskatchewan

Minister Harrison on Hydrogen Day

On December 16, 2020, the Government of Canada released its Hydrogen Strategy for Canada. The Strategy not only aims to position Canada as a global, industrial leader in the area of clean renewable fuels, but also to help Canada achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

The UAE, unveiled during the 2021 COP26 climate conference in Glasgow its Hydrogen Leadership Roadmap. The Roadmap is a national blueprint to support domestic, low-carbon industries, contribute to the country’s net-zero ambition, and establish the country as a competitive exporter of hydrogen. The UAE became the first country in the Middle East and North Africa region to announce a net-zero strategic initiative by 2050 in line, with the Paris Agreement.

Minister Harrison Speech Hydrogen Day

About the Canada-UAE Business Council

The Canada-UAE Business Council (CUBC) is an initiative spearheaded by the federal governments of the UAE and Canada to facilitate trade and business activity between the two countries.  This high-level business organization supports the development of long-term relationships and undertakes strategic and targeted initiatives to enhance business and trade opportunity between Canada and the UAE, by supporting Canadian business to conduct business in the UAE and UAE businesses to conduct business in Canada.