Panel at the Arctic Circle Assembly 2018, Iceland

(Photo by ESI)

On 20 October 2018, the Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore convened a breakout session panel titled, The Arctic Renewable Energy Atlas (AREA) Project: Key Takeaways from the Singapore Workshop, at the 2018 Arctic Circle Assembly (19–21 October 2018) in Reykjavik, Iceland.

This ACA panel follows from the AREA Project workshop in Singapore which took place in August 2018. In 29–31 August 2018, ESI hosted a workshop in Singapore for the Arctic Renewable Energy Atlas (AREA) Project. The AREA Project which is endorsed by the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) of the Arctic Council provides renewable energy resource maps in order to identify supply and demand and encourage clean energy development. It also profiles and shares best practices from traditional and local knowledge of the Arctic communities.

The aim of the Singapore workshop is to support the AREA Project’s efforts to enhance knowledge of best practices and local adaptation strategies on renewable energy development in the Arctic. A wider aim of the workshop—which includes energy experts from Singapore and Southeast Asia—is to expand the discussion on common sustainable energy transition challenges facing the Arctic and the wider world, particularly Southeast Asia.

As follow-up to the workshop, the speakers at the ACA provided updates on the AREA project, shared the key findings from the Singapore workshop, discussed Singapore’s role in promoting the sustainable development agenda of the Arctic Council and also spoke about the importance of international cooperation on Science and Technology in the Arctic.

The panel consisted of (in order of appearance):

 · Christopher Len, Senior Research Fellow Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore [Panel Convenor];
 · Gail Mosey, Project Leader, Arctic Renewable Energy Atlas (AREA) Project; Project Lead and Senior Energy Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Panel Co-convenor];
 · Halldór Jóhannsson, Executive Director, Arctic Portal;
 · Mikhail Pogodaev, Executive Director, Secretariat of the Northern Forum, Sakha Republic (Yakutia); Chair of the Association of World Reindeer Herders;
 · Liu Yang, Senior Research Fellow, Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore.
 · Hema Nadarajah, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia.

The panellists also met the Singapore Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Social and Family Development Sam Tan and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

For more information refer to:

Arctic Circle Assembly Website, click here.

Arctic Renewable Energy Atlas (AREA) Project, click here.

AREA Workshop in Singapore, click here and here.

(Posted on 24 October 2018)