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Reshaping Energy Governance in the Arctic? Assessing the Implications of LNG for European Shipping Companies

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Future estimates indicate that the reduction of the Arctic ice cap will open up new areas and increase the viability of the region to be increasingly used for international shipping (Liu and Kronbak, J Trans Geo 18(3):434–444. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2009.08.004, 2010). The Arctic sea routes and related coastal area are therefore gaining increasing levels of interest, as they become a more attractive alternative for maritime transport. This demand for new infrastructure and development in areas where there has previously been little or none, presents a unique situation to analyze. The increased interest and demand for new development along Arctic sea routes through an environmentally sensitive region make the Arctic an ideal area of which to study the transition toward liquefied natural gas becoming the prominent marine fuel.

We must develop a better understanding of how and under what conditions such a transition will take place and who will make decisions that will influence any such transition. Exploring past and current aspects of maritime and energy governance is an important step in developing an understanding of how a transition towards liquefied natural gas could re-shape our understanding of Arctic governance.

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Holmes, R., McCauley, D., Hanley, N. (2018). Reshaping Energy Governance in the Arctic? Assessing the Implications of LNG for European Shipping Companies. In: Vestergaard, N., Kaiser, B., Fernandez, L., Nymand Larsen, J. (eds) Arctic Marine Resource Governance and Development. Springer Polar Sciences. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-67365-3_2

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