Achieving more together

International cooperation with Canada

The Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg has long had good contacts with the province of Ontario in southern Canada. The focal points of the relationship are a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2006 between Baden-Württemberg and Ontario and a "Letter of Intent" in the field of higher education and science.

Ontario was one of the initial signatories of the "Subnational Global Climate Leadership Memorandum of Understanding - Under2 MOU" on May 19, 2015 in California. The following other Canadian provinces and territories have since signed the Under2 MOU: British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Quebec and Vancouver City.

With the signature of Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change of Canada, in California on April 20, 2017, the state of Canada is also supporting the Under2 MOU. Minister McKenna's statement: “The governments in the Under2 Coalition, like California, are leading the fight against climate change. They know that investing in clean growth will help all members reach their ambitious climate change goals and grow their countries’ economies. I applaud their leadership in reducing emissions and supporting clean innovation. Canada is proud to endorse their actions today.” 

On March 14, 2017, Prof. Dr. med. Mishka Lysack, University of Calgary, on behalf of the German Embassy Ottawa on "Renewable Energy and Energy Transition in Germany" received in the Ministry of the Environment.

On the sidelines of the World Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn in November 2017, Franz Untersteller, Minister of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg held bilateral talks with Chris Ballard, Minister of Environment and Climate Change from Ontario, Isabelle Melançon, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change from Québec and George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy from British Columbia.