Geothermal energy represented as energy option for the Arctic region
At the recently held Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik/ Iceland, the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) organised a session on geothermal energy use in the Arctic region, highlighting the opportunities for electricity generation, heating and agricultural use.
Last week, I attended the Arctic Circle Assembly here in Reykjavik/ Iceland. Established as the largest network of international dialogue and cooperation on the future of the Arctic. The assembly saw a large attendance, among them Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretary General of the UN, various ministers from the various countries around the Arctic Circle and beyond.
Topics of the meeting were naturally also how to secure a responsible utilisation of resources and a sustainable approach to fuelling an increasing energy demand.
During the meeting, the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) stood for a Geothermal session, looking at how geothermal energy can play a role in the Artic region.
Alison Thompson, Chair and Director of CanGEA and Agusta Thorbergsdottir from Navigo (Iceland) organised the well attended meeting.
Alongside the event, the Prime Minister of Quebec signed a cooperation agreement with Icelandic partners, Landsvirkjun, the Icelandic Meteorological Office, University of Iceland and Reykjavik as well as with companies, universities and organizations in Québec in Canada for cooperation in the field of research and training for sustainable energy in the Arctic.
Philippe Couillard, Quebec Prime Minister, was present when representatives of the Party of Quebec and Iceland signed the agreement on the Arctic Circle Conference last week.
According to the agreement, the parties will establish joint research efforts on climate and sustainable use. Then they will also cooperate on the supervision and academic work of scholars and experts and organize joint courses for academics and students, to name a few, as stated in a press release.
Additionally, they will exchange teaching materials, literature, models and software and collaborate to seek funding of research activities, at home and internationally.
“We Landsvirkjun pleasure to be involved in this cooperation with prestigious organizations and companies in Québec and at home. The challenges here and there are many ways the same – the use of renewable and sustainable energy and the fight against climate change, the Quebec-inhabitants realize, like, that is one of the biggest issues of contemporary and can be crucial for the future of us all ” said Hörður Arnarson, CEO of Landsvirkjun.