The policy recommendations of the Ocean and Climate platform include “Guiding maritime transport energy transition and develop innovative technological solutions for safer and more environmental friendly vessels” (recommendation n°3). Yet, the opportunities and economical potential of the receding and thinning sea ace in the Artic circle (The Artic : opportunities, concerns and challenges) pointed out by Emmanuelle Quillérou, Mathilde Jacquot, Annie Cudennec and Denis Bailly tend to indicate that a growing numbers of vessels are to transit in the Arctic ocean commercial ways, improving the predominence of shipping industry, as well as bringing fisheries at risk.

Knowing that promoting green ocean transport is the most pragmatic way of reducing the carbon print created by the effects of climate change in the Artic, is the Artic Council, divised by geopolitical issues and a willing of obtaining a proper share of the “cold rush” a suitable framework for implementing the next generation of environmental-friendly maritime transport in the Arctic region ?

More generally, how to make sure that the opening of commercial ocean ways in the Arctic will not accelerate the climate change effects in that area ?