Participation in the 2017 Arctic Energy Summit in Helsinki

(Photo by ESI Staff)

Dr. Christopher Len organised a session panel titled Sustainable Development and the Southeast Asian Experience at the 2017 Arctic Energy Summit in Helsinki, Finland. The summit, which took place from 18 to 20 September 2017 is organised by the Alaska-based, Institute of the North, with key support from Finland’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment; the Government of Germany’s Energiewiende; the Government of Iceland; Fortum; Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corporation; Embassy of the Unites States in Finland; and City of Helsinki.

The session chaired by Dr. Len on 19 September focused on oil pollution, as well as the issue of sustainable and remote energy access in both the Arctic and Southeast Asia. During the session, the four speakers from the National University of Singapore, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and the University of Alaska Fairbanks discussed how the two regions can learn from each other’s experiences in addressing common challenges in the field of oil pollution response, and in enabling sustainable and remote energy access. 

The session panel details are as follows:


19 September 2017

Sustainable Development and the Southeast Asian Experience

(Chaired by Dr. Christopher Len, National University of Singapore)

Oil Spill Response

- Regulatory Gaps in Offshore Activities in the Arctic: Concerns and Lessons from Southeast Asia by Dr. Zhen Sun, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore
- Oil Spill Preparedness and Response: The Singapore Experience by Captain M Segar, Assistant Chief Executive (Operations), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Sustainable and Remote Energy Access

- Capacity-Building for Sustainable Energy Access in Remote Locations: Common Challenges and International Opportunities by Dr. Christopher Len, Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore

 - Advancing Low Carbon Technology Adoption through International Dialogue and Collaboration by Mr. George Roe, Alaska Center for Energy and Power, University of Alaska Fairbanks


The Arctic Energy Summit is a multi-disciplinary event that draws industry officials, scientists, academics, policy makers, energy professionals and community leaders together to collaborate and share leading approaches on Arctic energy issues. The summit rotates between the Arctic states every two years following the schedule of the Arctic Council. The last summit was held in Fairbanks, Alaska in 2015 and the next summit will take place in Iceland in 2019, followed by Russia in 2021. The summit builds on the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group’s legacy efforts to address energy as a fundamental element in the sustainable development of the Arctic.

This year’s event in Helsinki was attended by about 300 people from 15 nations and a wide range of energy topics were discussed, ranging from small and off-grid community energy solutions, to oil and gas, renewable energy, regulation and financing, transportation and transmission, community impacts, and climate change.

For more information, visit the following websites:

- Arctic Energy Summit:   
- Institute of the North:  

(Posted on 25 September 2017)