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Arctic Renewables

WWF is working to demonstrate that a renewable energy future in the Canadian Arctic is both viable and sustainable.

Envisioning a Renewable Energy Future for the North

Most Arctic communities are dependent on diesel fuel for their energy needs. Diesel is costly, dirty and is shipped into communities at great risk and expense. WWF-Canada is committed to supporting remote Arctic communities in realizing their full potential to transition to habitat-friendly renewable energy. Now is the ideal time to make changes that will lead to a more sustainable future in the Arctic.

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The True Costs of Fossil Fuel Reliance

In the harsh Arctic environment, diesel is, above all else, reliable. That’s crucial in 24-hour darkness and –40C temperatures. Unfortunately, this reliability has high logistical, financial and environmental costs, hindering the self-sufficiency and independence of remote communities. The cost and logistics surrounding diesel use are complicated by harsh weather that affects shipments.

Habitat-friendly renewable energy from solar and wind offers a cost-effective way to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and can also limit the risk of an oil spill in the Arctic marine environment.

What is WWF-Canada Doing

Since 2016, WWF-Canada’s Arctic program has worked to demonstrate that habitat-friendly renewable energy from wind and solar is possible and can contribute to sustainability in northern Canadian communities.

Studies supported by WWF-Canada have predicted what the use of renewable energy in Nunavut communities might look like and assessed how financing and fossil-fuel subsidies impact the feasibility of renewable energy generation in the territory .

WWF-Canada supports a transition to habitat-friendly renewable energy in Nunavut by working in partnership with communities to develop energy co-operatives; offer training and educational opportunities; and provide renewable-energy expertise.

WWF-Canada also works with energy and policy experts, the Qulliq Energy Corporation and the Government of Nunavut to expedite Nunavut’s transition to renewable energy . The result will protect species and habitats by reducing carbon dioxide emissions, offering a sustainable solution for the North’s energy future while creating community economic and training opportunities.

WWF is proposing community-scale projects that have relatively small footprints and low potential for ecological impacts, while replacing a dirty and harmful fuel source.

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WWF-Canada is planning for an Arctic future that conserves wildlife, establishes direct partnerships with local communities and promotes the responsible development of resources.

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