When: Wednesday, November 24, 2021 14:00 - 15:30 GMT.
This session will explore various dimensions of renewable energy in the Arctic, including perspectives from local and Indigenous communities.
About this event
Climate change poses challenges worldwide with observable impacts on both natural and social systems as well as infrastructures in all regions. Specifically in the North such challenges include the melting of permafrost and increased flooding which has implications for energy security and green energy advancement, pointedly in remote areas.
In addition to changes in climate, complex physical barriers such as harsh weather and ice conditions, remoteness and high transportation costs are but a few of the challenges that Arctic communities face in securing energy production and supply.
These complications have resulted in continued widespread use of fossil fuels such as diesel oil, heavy fuel oil and coal as stable sources of energy for power plants that can operate in cold climates. With more pressure to reduce carbon emissions and environmental impacts of the energy sector, renewable energies such as solar, wind, biomass and geothermal provide important alternatives to more traditional energy sources. Successful development and adoption of clean energy in remote areas requires a higher degree of innovation and support by both the public and private sector.
- Chair: David Hik, Chief Scientist, Polar Knowledge, Canada
- Clarence Synard, President & CEO - NCC Investment Group Inc.
- Jennifer Spence, Executive Secretary, Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) of the Arctic Council
- Mads Qvist Frederiksen, Director, Arctic Economic Council
- Guðmundur Haukur Sigurðarson, Managing Director, Vistorka
- Tonje Margrete Winsnes Johansen, Saami Council, Arctic and Environmental Unit
- Eryn Stewart, Indigenous Clean Energy