News and events

27 September 2016. Keeping the Arctic White: Progress Update after the 1st Year

The White project organised a closed seminar in Helsinki, Finland.  Participants included experts from the Ministry for the Foreign Affairs of Finland, Finnish Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Clean Air Coalition, University of Lapland's Arctic Centre and the Centre for International Climate Research - Oslo (CICERO).  The event provided an opportunity to share interim research results and gather policy perspectives from a diverse panel of expert invitees.  

Focusing on regulatory options and legal instruments, Dr Yulia Yamineva, CCEEL, UEF Law School, presented findings from a forthcoming paper mapping the regulatory landscape for short-lived climate pollutants (SCPs) in the Arctic. She identified opportunities to strengthen the regulation of SLCPs in the Arctic.

Dr Sabaa Khan, CCEEL, UEF Law School, presented key findings from her recent article The Global Commons Through a Regional Lens: The Arctic Council on SLCPs, published in Transnational Environmental Law. 

Yamineva and Khan then presented a range of legal storylines that are being examined under WHITE as possible trajectories for future development of the regulator regime applicable to SLCPs in the Arctic. 

Dr Kaarle Kupiainen, SYKE, focused on quantitative emission scenarios and shared preliminary findings on scenarios based on the implementation of the Arctic Council Framework for Enhanced Black Carbon and Methane Emission Reductions, He also provided an overview of Black Carbon and Other Short-Lived Climate Pollutants in the Arctic – Consequences of Current Regulatory Frameworks to Emissions and Impacts an abstract presented at the 17th World Clean Air Congress in Busan (Korea). 

Professor Kari Lehtinen, UEF Department of Applied Physics, followed up with preliminary findings in relation to the climate modelling component of the project. 

The invited experts then provided short presentations on their respective areas of work concerning SLCPs. Topics discussed included: Finland's priorities during its upcoming Chairmanship in the Arctic Council; the Arctic Council's influence on environmental governance; Arctic-related activities by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition; as well as national cost-effectiveness and club-governance approaches to the regulation of black carbon and methane emissions. 

During discussion, participants, inter alia: signalled the need for a better understanding of how to attain policy coherence in the context of a deeply fragmented legal landscape for SLCPs; and identified the interplay between climate effects and health effects was as an area that merits greater attention, especially in light of the potential climate warming effects of certain policies aimed at inducing benefits to health. Participants also shared ideas on further exploring holistic approaches to climate and air pollution governance, including possibilities for greater integration of SLCP reduction goals in Nationally Determined Contributions submitted under the Paris Agreement and through the enhanced recognition and promotion of key linkages between SLCP mitigation and Sustainable Development Goals.


8 May 2015. The inaugural meeting of the WHITE project took place today on the premises of the Finnish Environment Institute in Helsinki. The WHITE project funded by the Academy of Finland (2015-2018) and led by the Centre for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law of the UEF Law School aims at strengthening the regulatory framework for reducing emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) in the Arctic. The meeting agenda included introductions of sub-projects and discussion of a work plan. 


List of conferences and events

  • Romppanen, Seita. The EU, the Arctic and SLCP governance - A way to boost EU’s Arctic reach? 9th Polar Law Symposium, Iceland, 5–9 October 2016
  • Khan, Sabaa. ‘Navigating New Arctic Citizenship“s”: Self-Determination, Sovereignty and International Law, 9th Polar Law Symposium, Iceland, 5–9 October 2016 and American Society of International Law (ASIL) Research Forum, Seattle, Washington 11-12 November, 2016.
  • Kupiainen K., Kulovesi K., Lehtinen K.,  Kühn T., Klimont Z., Karvosenoja N., Paunu V.-V., Yamineva Y., Khan S.A. Black Carbon and Other Short-Lived Climate Pollutants in the Arctic: Consequences of Current Regulatory Frameworks to Emissions and Impacts. Presented at the 17th World Clean Air Congress, Busan, South Korea, 2016.
  • Yamineva, Yulia. The Legal Landscape for Reducing Short-lived Climate Pollutants in the Arctic Region: Informal Lawmaking? Presented at the seminar "New Forms of Law and Governance for and from the Arctic", Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, 17-18 August, 2016
  • Paunu, V.-V., and K. Kupiainen. Comparison of northern hemispheric anthropogenic black carbon emissions from global datasets. Presented at MODSIM 2015 (21st International Congress on Modelling and Simulation) December 2015 and the 4th International Workshop on Uncertainty in Atmospheric Emissions in Krakow 7-9 October 2015. Conference paper
  • Paunu, V.-V., Research visit to IIASA