REXSAC at Arctic Frontiers 2020 – The Power of Knowledge
January 30th, 2020
REXSAC Researcher Annika E. Nilsson has given a “Brief outlook” on day one of the 14th edition of the Arctic Frontiers Conference: The Power of Knowledge. This forum – linking policy, business and science for responsible development in the Arctic – is taking place in Tromsø, Norway 26 – 30 January 2020.
Annika highlighted the importance of a fair transition away from fossil fuels in the Arctic region. The complexity of creating a non-fossil energy system does not only lie in competing national interests and geopolitics, but also in conflicts over land use. The interests of the mining and renewable energy industries often clash with traditional uses of the Arctic landscape, such as reindeer herding and tourism. This is why all parties affected by new industrial activities need to be heard to avoid potential large-scale system changes that could profoundly affect the sustainability of the transition to non-fossil energy systems.
“Knowledge will be essential for making sure that the necessary push away from fossil fuels does not lead to energy production systems with negative side effects on the sustainability of development.”
To view the video from the Conference opening day, click here. Annika’s “brief outlook” is at 39:58 into the video.
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