In March 2021, Germany and Canada established the Canada-Germany Energy Partnership. The Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG, together with adelphi and the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, supports the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) in implementing the energy cooperation. The bilateral activities within this framework are coordinated by the German Secretariat of the Energy Partnership with Canada in Toronto. The focal points of the energy cooperation currently include hydrogen, structural change, the integration of renewable energy, power system resilience, energy efficiency, and sector coupling.
As part of this consortium, RENAC organises delegation trips for Canadian stakeholders and delegates to Germany. The delegation trips take place as in-person events in Berlin and surrounding cities in Germany as well as dynamic multiday, virtual events.
In April 2022, RENAC organised a virtual delegation trip for Canadian stakeholders to meet with experts from Germany to discuss hydrogen. Hydrogen was identified as a key topic for the transatlantic dialogue and resulted in the establishment of the Canada-Germany Hydrogen Alliance on 23 August 2022.
"I participated in this trip because the program looked extremely well organized and informative. And I was not disappointed. RENAC planned the trip so well, and executed flawlessly, which isn't always easy with a group of 15 people. I have come away from the trip impressed by what Germany has accomplished with its offshore wind industry and its all-encompassing drive toward achieving net zero, and appreciative that Canada has such a strong partner that can provide advice and support as we attempt to stand up our offshore wind and hydrogen industries in Atlantic Canada."
James Wooder, Canada, Commissioner, Offshore Wind Community Liaison, Unama'ki Institue of Natural Resources, 2023
“This delegation trip has been an incredible opportunity to network across all levels of government, research, and the private sector while seeing developing technologies and changing needs for energy in real time. As a whole, the trip really gave an insightful and holistic view of the industry; from how it was developed, through current times and goals for the future. All of the presenters were incredibly transparent with their answers and it allowed for honest conversation and ultimately builds a lot of trust. I wholeheartedly recommend others in the industry to participate in such a trip. Networking across government, research, and the private sector is invaluable. This delegation trip expanded my knowledge and enriched my professional journey. I am grateful for the opportunity and look forward to applying the insights gained as we develop offshore wind in Canada."
Ashley Noseworthy-Board member, Board member, 2023