Black Carbon Emission Project

In 2009, the government of the United States announced the Arctic Black Carbon Initiative with the aim to quantify and reduce black carbon emissions in the Arctic. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency led the Black Carbon Diesel Initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy worked on black carbon emission reductions from residential sources and the U.S. Forest Service worked on reducing black carbon from forest fires and agricultural burning. All initiatives report to the Arctic Council’s Arctic Contaminants Action Program (ACAP) Short-Lived Climate Forcers Expert Group.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory worked on the Black Carbon Diesel Initiative. The goal of the Initiative was to develop emission inventories, mitigation projects and policy and financing options that will contribute to the reduction of black carbon in the Russian Arctic. PNNL also worked on a national emission inventory of black carbon from diesel sources in Russia. The project deliverables include:

Arctic Council publications:

In the news:

Points of contact: Meredydd Evans (