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Global Risks and Opportunities Arising from Arctic Change

Organized by the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business, Lancaster University, UK and the EU ICE-ARC programme 13. September 2017

The 90-minute roundtable event will bring together leading representatives from businesses, industries, national governments, NGOs, and academics, in order to provide clarity on some of the most pressing global and regional issues associated with Arctic change.

Location: Háaloft, Eighth Level
Friday, October 13, 17:55 - 19:25

After a comprehensive overview of the latest scientific findings from the ICE-ARC consortium regarding the dominant risks and opportunities due to Arctic change, the discussion will focus on “Solutions”, as outlined by the following themes:

1. Translating research findings into climate policy
2. Sustainability transitions in Arctic maritime transport – insights from LNG in Northern Europe
3. Opportunities and risks for regional Arctic economy in Greenland
4. Can the future state of the Arctic sustain the global climate system?

The outcomes of the discussion will be summarised in the form of a policy briefing, which will be published by the ICE-ARC consortium and distributed via the EU, Arctic Circle, WBCSD, WEF, ECF and other channels.

For more information see - Invitation link

Panelists: 

  • Gail Whiteman: Welcome and Introduction to the ICE-ARC project and the Roundtable Event
  • Dmitry Yumashev: Implications of Arctic climate feedbacks for the world’s ability to achieve the long-term climate targets from the Paris Agreement
  • Dmitry Yumashev: Climatic implications and economic benefits of moving industries to the Arctic: the case of transit shipping via the Northern Sea Route
  • Paul Young: The Arctic as a barometer of global climate risk: correlations between sea ice decline and global crop yields’ losses

Speakers:

  • Chris Hope, Reader in Policy Modelling at Judge Business School, and Visiting Professor at University College, London: Translating research findings into climate policy
  • Domagoj Baresic, Doctoral Researcher at University College London, Energy Institute: Sustainability transitions in Arctic maritime transport - insights from LNG in northern Europe
  • Hilmar Ögmundsson, senior advisor in the Greenlandic Ministry of Finance: Opportunities and risks for regional Arctic economy in Greenland
  • Rafe Pomerance, Chairman of Arctic 21: Can the future state of the Arctic sustain the global climate system?
  • Dmitry Yumashev and Gail Whiteman: Concluding remarks

Chair:

Gail Whiteman (Director of the Pentland Centre, Lancaster University & Professor in Residence at WBCSD)