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Researchers developed an Arctic Environmental Responsibility Index

11.3.2021 13:12

Oil and gas extraction companies operating in the Arctic are ranked better on average than mining companies.

A multidisciplinary group of researchers have developed an index to rank Arctic extractive industries in terms of environmental responsibility. One of the members in the group has been Florian Stammler, research professor in Arctic Centre anthropology team.

– We thought that creating an index might motivate companies to rank well, and undertake measures to come in high. If this works, then the index could have a positive effect even on the life of Arctic people, Stammler says in his blog.

Bigger companies seem often rank better than smaller ones. Companies in Norway often act environmentally responsibly and oil and gas extraction companies are ranked better on average than mining companies.

More information from the Arctic Anthropology blog by Florian Stammler and from the research article.

Additional information:

Research professor Florian Stammler
Arctic Centre, University of Lapland
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