The North American Energy Ministers Meeting was held on 15 December 2014 in response to the call of the North American Leaders, to advance an energy agenda that expands the continent’s leadership in energy, strengthens North American energy security, supports shared economic prosperity and environmental performance. The meeting built upon a long, productive and successful history of trilateral North American collaboration on energy issues.
At the 2013 North American Leaders’ Summit in Toluca, Mexico it was affirmed that energy is a trilateral priority. Ministers discussed opportunities to promote common strategies on energy efficiency, infrastructure, innovation, renewable energy, unconventional energy sources, energy trade and responsible resource development. An indepth strategic vision for North America’s energy sector was also discussed. Key topics included public energy data and statistics collaboration: Mexico’s energy reform, its vision, perspectives and opportunities for trilateral cooperation; and creating resilient energy infrastructure for North America.
Now is being said to be a crucial time for North American energy as production of conventional and unconventional oil and natural gas is surging in Canada and the US and Mexico has enacted legislation that will revolutionise the energy sector, and renewable energy production and energy efficiency are taking hold throughout the three countries. This has created an historic opportunity for the region to reinforce its energy potential.
By joining forces the three nations hope to:
- Promote continental energy security, integration and collaboration.
- Strengthen government to government relationships.
- Support business to business engagement in the energy sector.
The Ministers agreed to begin with trilateral cooperation in three key areas:
- North American energy public data, statistics and mapping collaboration.
- Responsible and sustainable best practices for the development of unconventional oil and natural gas.
- Modern, resilient energy infrastructure for North America in all aspects, physical infrastructure as well as institutional infrastructure such as policies, regulations, workforce, innovation, practices to promote energy efficient goods and services, and sustainable technologies.
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