Energy and minerals in Greenland: governance, corporate responsibility and social resilience

Greenland seeks to expand its energy and minerals industries to secure the revenues to gain full independence from Denmark. The 2014 oil price crash hit oil exploration hard, bringing disappointment to the local oil industry but relief to global environmentalists. Poor public consultation on mining projects and the lifting of a moratorium on uranium mining have caused public protest, while political turmoil also indicates the strength of feeling around these issues. This extended trip report is based on interviews, public and informal meetings and analyses of written materials. Applying IIED’s global experience, it explores plans for increased resource development and key issues such as corporate responsibility, good governance, civil society activism and addressing social trauma. It concludes with key recommendations and questions for further research and debate.