The EU Arctic Footprint and Policy Assessment Project

Contact person: Koivurova, Timo
Time: 2009-2010
Website: http://arctic-footprint.eu/

The EU Arctic Footprint and Policy Assessment Project (EU Arctic Footprint) is an attempt at calculating Europe’s contribution to the impact on the Arctic environment and inhabitants. At the same time, the project also examines the effectiveness of EU policies in mitigating Arctic impacts. Both of these assessments will be considered in relation to possible future scenarios.

The overall goal is to improve the effectiveness of EU environmental policies with respect to the Arctic region, especially as relates to the implementation of existing policies and a new Arctic Policy for the EU.

Key project objectives include

  • Assessing the EU’s current footprint on the Arctic environment and evaluating how it could change over time (up to 2030).
  • Analysing the effectiveness of the EU’s current environmental (and related) policies, and how this relates to the current and future footprint scenarios (up to 2030).
  • Developing options to improve the effectiveness of the EU’s environmental (and related) policies in addressing the EU’s current and potential future footprint (up to 2030).
  • Contributing to the implementation of the EU’s strategic initiatives and the policy objectives outlined in the Arctic Communication.
  • Promoting the EU’s interest in international co-operation in the Arctic region by disseminating study results to a broad group of stakeholders and key experts.

The EU Arctic Footprint Project aims to share findings with policymakers and key Arctic stakeholders and experts.

Participating Institutions

Arctic Footprint is funded by the European Commission (DG Environment) and is being led by four institutes: Ecologic Institute (Germany; Project Co-ordinator), Arctic Centre (Finland), Stockholm Environment Institute (Sweden), and Sustainable Europe Research Institute (Austria). 

Publications and press releases

The EU Arctic Footprint and Policy Assessment report (18.11.2010)