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Say no to HFO: Support for a Sustainable Arctic Future - an Arctic Frontiers side-event

News   •   Nov 30, 2016 22:09 CET

Photo: Ittoqqortoormiit, Scoresbysund, East Greenland. (Photo credit: Tone Fjereide)

Time: Wednesday January 25, 16.45 - 19.00

Place: Clarion Hotel the Edge, room "Margarinfabrikken 2"

Organiser: Bellona Foundation, Hurtigruten and the European Climate Foundation

About the event: 

The Arctic is becoming the main battleground for climate changes. Global warming has led to the decrease of sea ice, methane emissions caused by thawing of permafrost and increased activity of shipping using heavy fuel oil (HFO). This raises the risk of a major oil spill and increases the level of polluting emissions to the atmosphere.

At the same time, more than four million people live and work in the Arctic. The growing human activity that will follow in the years to come, needs to take place within a framework that minimizes the risk of global climate tipping points that can accelerate the climate changes out of our control. How can we secure sustainable growth in the Arctic? How can civil society reverse the effect of a thawing Arctic?

This event aims to engage civil society in making a commitment, finding solutions, and shaping the future direction of policy for shipping in the Arctic. It will result in the publication of an Arctic Statement, a joint effort between industry and environmental NGOs to address these challenges.

Confirmed speakers: 

Daniel Skjeldam, CEO, Hurtigruten

Dr. Ing. Christoph Wolff, Managing Director, European Climate Foundation

Frederic Hauge, Founder and President, Bellona Foundation

The dates for Arctic Frontiers 2017 in Tromsø, Norway are 22 - 27 January.

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