Renewable Energy in Remote Areas: Opportunities for Clean Energy in the Arctic is the first event of the "Share Your North Webinars – Renewable Energy for Sustainable and Inclusive Development in the Arctic" series. The series is organized by the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation NetworkandWomen in Renewable Energy (WiRE) International(Toronto, Canada) in cooperation with the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Embassy of Canada to Iceland, the Embassy of Iceland to Canada, the Northeast Iceland Regional Development Agency, SSNE (Iceland), the Directorate of Equality, (Iceland), and Electricity Human Resources Canada, EHRC (Canada).

The event will be held online on November 24, 2021, h. 14:00-15:30 GMT . Registration is free and open to everyone (Click here to register) 

Event Description
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.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Chair: David Hik, Chief Scientist, Polar Knowledge, Canada
  • Jennifer Spence, Executive Secretary of the Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council
  • Clarence Synard, President & CEO - NCC Investment Group Inc.
  • Mads Qvist Frederiksen, Director, Arctic Economic Council
  • Guðmundur Haukur Sigurðarson, Managing Director, Vistorka
  • Tonje Johansen, Saami Council

Additional speakers will be announced shortly.

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