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97 Arctic Yearbook 2015 Throughout this article I have made reference to the private sector. Yes, government has a critical role to play in laying the foundations of robust environmental policy and enforceable regulation, but implementing environmental policy necessitates the support of outside actors. Indeed, the role of NGOs and academia cannot be underestimated, but to bring about pragmatic solutions requires the robust support of the business community and financial institutions. Quite rightly, the U.S. Arctic Council chairmanship has formally encouraged partnership with the public sector and civil society. Of the numerous activities required, to encourage BC reduction strategies such as renewable energy sources is certainly an encouraging step toward climate change mitigation, but the challenge is to parlay small successes into a broader framework, a framework in which government, industry and the investment sector develop synergy. Acknowledgments I would like to thank my two anonymous reviewers for their attentive remarks. Your comments were invaluable. References Alaska Arctic Policy Commission. (2015). Implementation Plan for Alaska’s Arctic Policy. Alaska Center for Energy and Power. Stranded Renewable Energy Resources of Alaska: A Preliminary Overview of Opportunities and Challenges to Development [Research Briefing]. Retrieved May 19, 2015 from Alaska Energy Authority. (2014). Report to Alaskans 2014. Alaska Village Electric Authority. About Us. Retrieved May 20, 2015 from Alaska Village Electric Authority. AVEC’s Wind Program. Retrieved from Arctic Council. (2013). Arctic Resilience Interim Report. Retrieved from Arctic Council. (2015a). Iqaluit 2015 SAO Report to Ministers, Annex 4, Enhanced Black Carbon and Methane Emissions Reductions: An Arctic Council Framework for Action. Arctic Council. (2015b). Addressing Pollution in the Arctic: from knowledge to action. Retrieved from Dingman