ESI Event on “Energy Transitions and a Globalised Arctic: The Role of Science, Technology and Governance”

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The Energy Studies Institute organised an event in Singapore entitled “Energy Transitions and a Globalised Arctic: The Role of Science, Technology and Governance”. Held from 17 to 19 August 2016, this three-day event consisted of a one-and-a-half-day workshop and a half-day conference.

The event brought together a small group of stakeholders and experts from different backgrounds and regions for focused and interactive discussions on energy matters, to enhance the stewardship of a globalised Arctic, and contribute to sustainable energy initiatives both in the Arctic and the wider world. The participants – who hail from the Arctic, Southeast Asia and Singapore - also discussed research gaps, complementary interests, and collaboration opportunities.

The workshop which took place on 17 and 18 August examined a range of issues related to the Arctic, which are also of relevance to the wider world – these ranged from the governance of sustainable energy transition, access to energy in remote locations, maritime infrastructure and shipping, and issues related to innovation, resilience, and capacity-building. In this context, the participants exchanged views on the energy transition challenges surrounding remote and “islanded” communities in the Arctic and Southeast Asia.

The half-day conference that was held on the third day welcomed Guest-of-Honour Mr Sam Tan Ching Siong, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Manpower, and the United States Ambassador to Singapore, His Excellency Kirk Wagar who gave a keynote address. The conference panelists provided a brief overview of the key findings from the four discussion topics of the workshop. Finally, the panelists and members of the audience engaged in conversation during the concluding Q&A session. For more information on the conference, click here.

This three-day event was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore. The US Office of Naval Research – Global also provided funding for the workshop.

(Posted on 22 August 2016)