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EU seeks to harness R&D in pursuit of Arctic goals

Massive different ship vessels trapped in ice tries to break and leave the bay between the glaciers, icebreaker and carrier vessel, winter blue sky

Bloc doubles down on Arctic sustainability, using science diplomacy as a lever

The EU has overhauled its Arctic policy and put an emphasis on sustainability, supported by research, innovation and scientific diplomacy with Arctic nations.

Announcing a refreshed policy on 13 October, environment commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius said that the melting of ice and thawing of permafrost in the Arctic further accelerated climate change, with “huge knock-on effects”.

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