Join the Arctic Initiative for a lunchtime seminar featuring a conversation with Halla Hrund Logadottir, Director-General of Iceland's National Energy Authority and Co-Founder of the Arctic Initiative and adjunct lecturer at HKS, and Professor Henry Lee, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Arctic Initiative, about the green transition through an Arctic lens. 

The Arctic is a region of contrasts. Not only is it a focal point of existing fossil fuel infrastructure, but it also harbors many of the rare earth minerals crucial for the green transition. While countries like Iceland showcase the transformative power of green energy technology, the push for a rapid green shift also brings to the fore the imperative of a just transition. The Arctic's local communities often find themselves at the crossroads of these advancements, grappling with the impacts of mining and green energy deployment on their lands and livelihoods. Furthermore, recent geopolitical events, such as Russia's invasion of Ukraine, have intensified the spotlight on the intricacies of energy security, adding another layer to the Arctic's multifaceted challenges.

With the next Conference of the Parties (COP28) on the horizon in the UAE, it is imperative to understand these nuances and their implications on global environmental policies. This seminar will offer an in-depth look at these pressing topics, providing attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the Arctic's role in the green transition and the challenges it faces amidst geopolitical strains.