The 2015 Arctic Energy Summit is a multi-disciplinary event expected to draw several hundred industry officials, scientists, academics, policy makers, energy professionals and community leaders together to collaborate and share leading approaches on Arctic energy issues.
"Security and Affordability for a Resilient North"
The Institute of the North, founded by former Governor Wally Hickel to promote the reality, richness and responsibility of the North, is now in its 22nd year. Governor Hickel was also a proponent of an approach to the Arctic that recognized it as a Commons, with public ownership of much of the land and resources. He believed that as such, governments had a responsibility to manage those resources consistent with the public interest, and the Institute of the North carries that forward as improving the economic and living conditions of the people of the North.
The Arctic Energy Summit, which has now been an endorsed project of the Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council three times, similarly regards energy resources - from a comprehensive and holistic perspective - as serving as a fundamental building block for communities and economies. The outcomes from the Energy Summit include the identification of best practices, research questions and potential projects that will advance the application of emerging energy technologies and adoption of renewable energy; foster greater benefits to northern peoples, including via non-renewable resource production; while minimizing environmental, social, cultural and economic risk.
By convening the Arctic Energy Summit, the Institute of the North believes that northerners can better understand what the potential ingredients might be and the tools that are out there to deliver success. We are glad to have been joined in this effort by a high-level and diverse mix of subject matter experts, community leaders, government officials and private sector executives. With nearly 400 participants from 14 nations, we are thankful for a rich and rewarding conversation that resulted in practical ideas presented to the Arctic Council. We hope that attendees come away from the Summit with a greater understanding of the complexity of the issues, stronger relationships with colleagues in this region and the nexus between renewable and non-renewable energy resource development, and community heat, power and efficiency.
September 28, 2015
The 2015 Arctic Energy Summit, held September 28-30 in Fairbanks, Alaska, will be live-streamed here.
Watch plenary sessions and break-out concurrent sessions as they happen! Video will be...read article
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January 28, 2015
The Institute of the North is pleased to announce that the 2015 Arctic Energy Summit will be hosted in media partnership with The Wall Street Journal. In addition, the Institute thanks the...read article