Arctic Contaminants Action Program

ACAP contributes to efforts to reduce environmental risks and prevent pollution of the Arctic environment.

ACAP’s mission is to contribute to the efforts to reduce environmental risks and prevent pollution of the Arctic environment.

ACAP acts as a strengthening and supporting mechanism of the Arctic Council, encouraging national actions to reduce emissions and releases of pollutants and to reduce environmental, human health and socio-economic risks.

ACAP, in cooperation with national authorities, develops pilot projects that build capacity and demonstrate emission reduction activities for contaminants. Exchange of information and knowledge on best practices, technologies, regulations, and other measures among Arctic States are key instruments in this work. ACAP contributes to the implementation by the Arctic States of international conventions and related protocols relevant to the Arctic.

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Mercury and toxic cocktails effect the Arctic ecosystems, wildlife and human health – How to take action

Tackling mercury pollution is a priority for the Arctic Contaminants Action Program Working Group. Why is it an issue in the Arctic?
23 Oct 2020
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Significant economic and environmental gains can be achieved by applying Best Available Technology in the oil sector in the Arctic

The Arctic Council’s Arctic Contaminant Action Program (ACAP) has completed a study on flaring of associated petroleum gas in the Russian Arctic. The report shows that si...
25 Jun 2020
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5 Facts to Know About Dioxins, One of the Most Toxic Compounds on Earth

Dioxins are extremely toxic and can interfere with hormones and cause numerous very serious health problems. Unfortunately, all humans are exposed to them. The Arctic Con...
15 May 2020
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Events

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11 Nov-12 Nov 2020
SAO Executive Meeting Online / Reykjavik
17 Nov-19 Nov 2020
SAO Plenary Meeting Online / Reykjavik

2021

March
09 Mar 2021
SAO Executive Meeting Akureyri, Iceland
10 Mar-11 Mar 2021
SAO Plenary Meeting Akureyri, Iceland
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ACAP Projects

Mitigation of black carbon and methane emissions from APG flaring in the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation
A study on flaring of associated petroleum gas in the Russian Arctic shows that significant economic and environmental gains can be achieved if Best Available Technology (BAT) and Best Environmental P...
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The Tundra Project
Energy security is an ongoing issue for remote, off-grid communities in the Arctic, and maintaining systems that provide reliable and uninterrupted sources of energy can be difficult and expensive. Co...
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Circumpolar Local Environmental Observer Network (CLEO)
Our world is changing rapidly, and local observers can detect subtle changes in weather, landscapes and seascapes, and in plant and animal communities.
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Soot on ice. Photo:iStock
Arctic Black Carbon Case Studies Platform
Across the Arctic, countries and communities are taking action to reduce black carbon emissions. The Black carbon case studies platform highlights mitigation projects and policies relevant to the Arct...
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Garbage incinerator in Greenland. Photo: iStock / olli0815
Community-based black carbon and public health assessment
Assessing and mitigating the risks of black carbon to public health.
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