Talking Sustainable Energy: Sustainable Energy in Canada's Arctic Region

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In the summer of 2014 the Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut commissioned a report to provide an overview of energy (electricity and heating) supply and demand in Canada’s Arctic, relevant policies and programs regarding renewable energy, conservation and demand side management, and financial analyses regarding electricity system planning and heating.  An extensive report was submitted to Polar Knowledge Canada in 2015.  The report provides a contemporary snapshot of domestic energy usage in Canada’s Arctic (spanning Yukon in the west to Nunatsiavut in the east) with a focus on how Northern jurisdictions meet their electricity and space heating needs.

Specifically, the research team investigated the role of alternative energy options, including the governance, policies and financial analysis of these sectors. The team also examined the emerging field of energy conservation and efficiency measures, which have featured prominently in recent years. In addition we conducted eight case studies of renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives in the North to gain a better understanding of drivers, challenges, success factors in meeting project goals, and lessons learned.  As a result of this research, a series of policy recommendations and suggestions for future research were developed.

View the report here. 


This 'Talking Sustainable Energy' webinar will provide a summary of some of the major insights from the case studies and elaborates on some of the major policy and research recommendations.  The webinar will begin with opening remarks provided by Robert Cooke from POLAR, followed by three short presentations:

Lawrence Keyte is a northern alternative energy specialist with Polar Knowledge Canada


Dr Alexandra Mallett is an assistant professor at Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) in Ottawa, Canada

Dr. Stephan Schott is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University

Presenters include Lawrence Keyte (POLAR), who will discuss the case studies done for this study; Dr. Alex Mallett (Carleton University) on policy recommendations; and Dr. Stephan Schott (Carleton University) on research recommendations.  

Presentations will be followed by an open discussion / question & answer period from the audience. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:00