AEO to Help Implement New DOE Arctic Strategy
Advancing Arctic energy, science and security is the goal of DOE’s new Arctic Strategy. The Strategy outlines DOE’s coordination with Arctic stakeholders from Indigenous Peoples to international partners to grasp Arctic challenges, ensure energy equity, and work together to apply solutions.
DOE’s Arctic Energy Office will lead this coordination to address these challenges, which stem from warmer Arctic conditions and rapidly decreasing ice that have been linked to more intense storms, droughts, wildfires, floods, and rising sea levels. In addition, resource development, new shipping patterns, altered fisheries, and increased tourism require a focus on new opportunities and challenges. For economic, cultural, environmental, geopolitical, equity, and security reasons, DOE and the nation’s commitment to science-informed and evidence-based decisions and investments is essential to the entire region’s future.
"The magnitude, rate and impact of changes in the Arctic have implications far beyond the region. DOE’s Arctic Strategy identifies the areas we believe should--and must--be addressed by DOE’s work in collaboration with the people who call the Arctic home, other federal agencies, and global neighbors,” said AEO Director George Roe.
To strategically address these interests, we will collaborate with DOE program offices; leverage national labs; engage public and private sector coordination; and partner with foreign allies. DOE’s vision is to be a source of science, technology, and engineering solutions to accelerate the energy transition, enable science-based decision- making, and ensure national security in the Arctic.
DOE, White House to Collaborate on Arctic Strategies
DOE's Arctic Strategy builds on the National Strategy for the Arctic Region (NSAR), which the White House published on Oct. 7, to address climate change with greater urgency over the next 10 years, from 2022 to 2032. It directs new investments to improve livelihoods for Arctic residents, while conserving the environment. It also acknowledges increasing strategic competition in the Arctic since 2013 (when the predecessor Strategy was released) and seeks to position the United States to both effectively compete and manage tensions. The NSAR will advance U.S. interests across four mutually reinforcing pillars spanning both domestic and international issues. These include security; climate change and environmental protection; sustainable economic development; and international cooperation. Read the fact sheet here.
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