The Arctic and the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) share a need to overcome energy insecurity and replace polluting fossil fuels with cleaner sources of energy. In response, MSV is developing a new project that will give people from the Arctic and SIDS an opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences on sustainable energy and plan ways to work together.
Wind turbines in tidal flats. © Peter Prokosch
Barriers for use of sustainable energy
Many jurisdictions in both regions are still heavily dependent on increasingly expensive imported oil. Particularly in the Arctic, this has both a high economic cost and an immediate effect on the local environment through the emission of black carbon, a short-lived climate forcer.
Exceptions do exist, particularly where mainstream energy production can exploit an abundant renewable resource, or where funding and political will provided the right conditions for a push towards sustainable energy.
Clean Energy Workshop in 2013
The new MSV sustainable Energy Initiative will bring together stakeholders from both the Arctic and SIDS. A sustainable energy workshop will be held in 2013, in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Conference. The workshop will offer examples and lessons learned in both the Arctic and SIDS and provide an opportunity to share knowledge between these regions. The workshop goals include developing project ideas that will allow interested communities to work towards implementing sustainable energy initiatives and influencing policy development in their region.