Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir

  • Geothermal: A "Cool" Heating Resource

    This piece is the second in a series examining geothermal potential in Iceland and elsewhere and the contribution geothermal resources can make to energy security and diversification, as well as sustainability and emissions reductions. You can read the first piece in the serieshere.

    The first piece in this series focused on the development and benefits of geothermal utilization in Iceland, where geothermal resources are abundant and serve as the main source for home heating and roughly 30 percent of power production. In an area with regular volcanic activity, many would assume that geothermal potential is only to be found in areas like Iceland, where such geographical conditions are present.

    However, that is not necessarily the case.

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  • A Geothermal Leader: The Case of Iceland

    This piece is the first in a series examining geothermal potential in Iceland and elsewhere and the contribution geothermal resources can make to energy security and diversification, as well as sustainability and emissions reductions.

    A combination of necessity, a great deal of ingenuity, some stubbornness, a "problem solving" mentality, and daring policy decisions have enabled Iceland’s small but impressive geothermal sector to become a global leader.

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  • The Untapped 'Girl Power' in the Energy Sector

    In recognition of International Women’s Day 2017, and under the banner of #BeBoldForChange, the United Nations (UN) is calling upon all actors to strive for equal representation of men and women in the professional world. UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka emphasized this focus in a message entitled: Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030,” where she outlined an agenda for gender equality in the workplace.

    However, anyone who has attended a meeting or two in the energy sector must have noticed that this is a sector dominated by men. As energy minister in the Icelandic government from 2013-2017, I attended several meetings, both at home and abroad. I led business delegations, attended ministerial meetings, conferences, and exhibitions; time and again the rooms were usually filled with men. On average, one in ten...

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  • Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir Joins Atlantic Council Global Energy Center As Senior Fellow

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council today announced that former Icelandic Minister of Industry and Commerce, Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir, has been appointed as a nonresident senior fellow with the Global Energy Center, making her the first former Icelandic government official to join the Atlantic Council as a fellow. While serving as the minister of industry and commerce in Iceland, Minister Árnadóttir had a wide portfolio that included energy, industry, tourism, innovation, film industry, design, and commerce.

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