In our current era of conflict between reliable fossil-fuel and increased demand for clean renewable energy production, energy policies are being stretched and challenged in all conceivable manners turning the policymaking process into an equilibrist exercise, juggling between pragmatism, climate change compliance, and cost efficiency. As there is no single Arctic, there are significant contrasts in energy policies, ranging from Iceland with its extensive use of renewable energies to Russia with its sizeable development and use of nuclear energy. Two different approaches to natural resource management. But how do these countries navigate the policymaking process to develop efficient and low-cost energy grids in the Arctic?
Moderator: David Hik, Chief Scientist and Executive Director at Polar Knowledge Canada
-William Gagnon, Climate Change Strategic Lead, Government of the Northwest Territories.
-Grant Sullivan, indigenous leader, President at Nihtat Energy Ltd, Yukon.
-Dr. Alexey Fadeev, Executive Director of the Association of Polar Explorers of Murmansk region, -Chief Scientific Researcher of Institute of Economic Problems, Kola Scientific Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences.
-Marta Rós Karlsdóttir, Ph.D., Director – Sustainable use of natural resources, National Energy Authority of Iceland.
-Rob Cooke, Manager, Clean Energy & Infrastructure, Polar Knowledge Canada
Opening, closing: Joanna Osawe, President & CEO of WiRE Women in Renewable Energy.
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