Elia Grid International had the opportunity to attend the Belgian-Canadian Round Table event in Halifax where the commitments and strategies of Belgium and Canada towards reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 were discussed.
The event, led by the Belgian Embassy in Canada along with industry leaders highlighted the importance of enhanced cooperation between the two countries, especially in the areas of clean hydrogen and offshore wind energy.
Canada aims to become one of the world’s top three hydrogen exporters by 2050, while Belgium has set its sights on becoming a major import and transit hub for hydrogen in Europe. Both countries have stressed the importance of forging partnerships to achieve their respective goals, and they have accumulated considerable know-how in hydrogen applications.
Renewable energy is also a promising avenue to produce and export hydrogen from Canada to Belgium and Europe. Belgium and its companies have a lot of experiences in these domains and Atlantic Canada has already shown interest in concrete collaborations with identified targets, ongoing projects, and partnership agreements being signed.
As Elia Grid International, we are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for cooperation with Belgian stakeholders to advance these goals and projects. The event provided a valuable platform to discuss potential collaborations and partnerships with Canadian companies, government agencies, and academic institutions in the areas of clean hydrogen and renewable energy. By working together, we can achieve our shared vision of a sustainable and net-zero future.