Ottawa, May 29 (Canadian-Media): Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, participated May 29 in the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) second in a series of ministerial roundtables that will result in the Clean Energy Transitions Summit taking place on July 9, media reports said.
Throughout the crisis of COVID-19 pandemic outbreak around the world, Canada's energy sector has been providing the power needed by Canadians and essential services and ensured the security and reliability of our electricity grid during the pandemic, including protecting against cyber threats.
Today’s roundtable hosted by IEA Executive Director Dr. Fatih Birol and Kwasi Kwarteng, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth in the United Kingdom, focused on mobilizing investments for secure and sustainable power systems.
Canada’s crucial role in its increased electrification to achieve its climate change commitments under the Paris Agreement and its commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, was highlighted by Minister O’Regan.
He also highlighted Canada’s contribution to the North American energy system, importance of electricity systems to modern society, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, measures needed to ensure secure and sustainable industry investments, and the future opportunities for international cooperation and collaboration were discussed by all participants.
During the roundtable, Minister O’Regan emphasized that Canada had ensured no continental electricity disruptions during the pandemic crisis.
Committed to building a clean energy future to support our natural resource sectors through this tough economic time, government of Canada also sees to the growth of its economy and create good jobs.
“COVID-19 has changed our world, but it hasn’t dampened our resolve. We will get through this. We will build economies that are stronger and more resilient than before. With collaboration between international partners at forums like the IEA, the clean energy transition that is already underway will play a critical role in the global economic recovery,” said O’Regan.