OTTAWA, Sept. 19, 2017 /CNW/ - Canada's nuclear industry will play a key role in driving innovation and expanding Canada's clean energy mix as the world transitions toward a low-carbon economy.
Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, and colleagues from the United States and Japan today co-hosted a side event at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 61st General Conference in Vienna, Austria, to discuss opportunities to raise the profile of nuclear energy in multinational clean energy forums. At the event, where Ms. Rudd served as head of the Canadian delegation, there was broad agreement among participants to work together to ensure that nuclear energy collaboration is pursued under the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM).
Nuclear energy enables safe, reliable, competitive and clean energy solutions that support economic development, energy security and environmental objectives. The scale and sophistication of nuclear research and development, coupled with the need for strong government-to-government involvement in nuclear relationships, make multilateral collaboration a key factor in advancing innovative nuclear energy technologies.
Canada is taking a leadership role through the CEM to raise the profile of nuclear energy in international discussions and efforts on climate change and clean energy. Canada, the United States and Japan intend to co-sponsor the development of a nuclear energy work stream under the Clean Energy Ministerial Framework to be launched at the next CEM meeting, which will be hosted jointly by the European Commission, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden in 2018. Canada will host the CEM in 2019.
"Canada is pleased to work with colleagues from the United States and Japan to promote the importance of nuclear energy in clean energy innovation. Canada has vast expertise and technological capacity in the nuclear sector, and, as part of our government's commitment to the industry, we are pursuing new opportunities for international collaboration in this important area."
Parliamentary Secretary to Canada's Minister of Natural Resources
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SOURCE Natural Resources Canada
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