The Assembly is the largest international gathering on the Arctic, attended by 1900 participants from close to 50 countries and is designed to increase participation in Arctic dialogue and strengthen the international focus on the future of the Arctic. Key topics included building Arctic resilience, energy security, economic opportunities and sustainable development.
The western Nordic Arctic development workshop built on the findings of the Ramboll-hosted roundtable discussion that took place in Greenland last month, which focused on development opportunities for the city of Nuuk. The 31 experts attending the workshop explored how to open up joint opportunities for business and community development across Greenland, Iceland and Arctic Norway. Ramboll representatives from the Tromsø office in Norway and Portland office in Maine facilitated the session.
A presentation given by Ramboll’s Arctic Director, Nils Arne Johnsen, focused on transmission infrastructure for geothermal energy between Iceland, Greenland, Faroe Islands and the UK – for which Ramboll has been working on a pre-phase feasibility study since April.
Fresh ideas for supporting a thriving Greenland
Nils Arne Johnsen, Arctic Director for Ramboll, says, “The workshop attracted interest from a number of politicians and demonstrates how Ramboll’s pan-Arctic presence enables us to facilitate these influential discussions regarding the future of the Arctic. In particular, it provides further input for Sermersooq Municipality to inform their development strategy for Nuuk. We have also had a fruitful debate on which industries in the west Nordic region represent the best opportunities for economic development as well as specific proposals and associated funding models.
The US state of Maine, which has adopted a strategy for Arctic business development, was represented by a 50-strong delegation at the Arctic Circle that was accompanied by Miranda Henning, Principal for Ramboll Environ from the Portland office in Maine. Dana Eidsness, Director for the Maine North Atlantic Development Office, who co-chaired the breakout session, adds, “Ramboll’s workshop attracted stakeholders that I need to know in order to pursue business development efforts in Greenland for companies in my state — and further, provided a facilitated dialogue that had us all working together to elicit fresh ideas for supporting a thriving future for Greenland.”
Ramboll’s high profile involvement in the Arctic Circle Assembly further reinforced links with the President of Iceland with whom Ramboll CEO Jens-Peter Saul participated in a panel debate on Arctic development at the International Economic Forum of the Americas in Montreal last year. Ramboll was also one of only 60 delegates to be invited to dinner with the Icelandic President at the Arctic Circle Assembly.