Energy in the West Nordics and the Arctic

Case Studies

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This project explores the energy systems and their development towards 2035 in the West Nordic areas and the Arctic. The objective of the project was to contribute to a knowledge base that can be shared and used in developing a sustainable and competitive energy systems that fulfil the goals and obligations for 2035 on climate, emissions and renewable shares. “Energy systems” in this case covers the potential for different renewable energy resources, infrastructure, the demand for energy in different sectors, and relevant policies. Along with the scenario analysis, five case studies have been developed: land transport; a small hybrid energy system in Igaliku, Greenland; electrification of fishing vessels; tourism; and the future energy system in Svalbard.




The following report is the result of a study undertaken by COWI on behalf of Nordic Energy Research, the platform for cooperative energy research and policy development under the auspices of Nordic Council of Ministers. Nordic Energy Research’s mandate for creating knowledge to support energy and climate targets in the Nordics applies not just to the larger countries of the Nordic region, but also the more sparsely populated areas of the West Artic; Greenland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Jan Mayen, Svalbard and Arctic Ocean areas nearby these lands. These areas present unique energy challenges, as well as unique opportunities. By studying the energy systems in these areas we can learn how to create a more sustainable, more energy-independent artic region, and begin to apply the lessons learned from these regions to energy systems elsewhere in the world.


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