The Arctic Energy Summit was a project of the Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group during the International Polar Year, bringing focus to the development of resources while addressing the need for affordable energy throughout rural areas in the Arctic. The three objectives of the Summit were as follows: 1) the establishment of an energy outreach program with information on Arctic energy, the technology conference, and action team recommendations; 2) a technology conference held in Anchorage, Alaska, Oct. 15-18, 2007; 3) the creation of an international Arctic energy action team "charged with developing a roadmap for the enhancement of extractive energy recovery in the Arctic and the deployment of economical and environmentally sensitive energy sources to rural Arctic communities."
The conference in Anchorage brought together over 300 researchers, academics, government leaders, and industry representatives from 14 countries.
For more information, visit the Arctic Energy Summit website.
The next Arctic Energy Summit is proposed to be held in 2012.