The objective of the Arctic Contaminants Action Program (ACAP) is to prevent adverse effects from, reduce, and ultimately eliminate pollution of the Arctic environment. ACAP addresses Arctic pollution sources and acts as a strengthening and supporting mechanism to encourage national actions to reduce emissions and other releases of pollutants that are relevant in the Arctic.

Cooperative actions make an important and significant contribution to the overall international effort to reduce environmental damage on a global level. ACAP develops concrete project proposals for approval as Arctic Council projects, taking into account the needs of indigenous populations in the Arctic.  Project that are approved by ACAP obtain their funding from many diverse sources, including the Arctic Council Project Support Instrument (PSI)

ACAP 2015-2017 Work Plan Snapshot

ACAP works to address the impact of climate change through a number of practical projects on short lived climate forcers, like black carbon, in the transport and diesel generators sectors, as well as renewable fuel alternatives. By 2017, the project will publish a black carbon inventory, and develop outreach tools such as the Arctic Case Studies Platform. Improving the living conditions of indigenous peoples will be addressed through two projects, one developing community level assessment tools for black carbon reduction, and another to expand the Local Environmental Observer network (LEO) to the circumpolar region (CLEO). ACAP will continue to work to reduce releases of contaminants such as mercury, obsolete pesticides, dioxins and furans, PCBs and other hazardous waste. 

About ACAP

ACAP meets twice a year to discuss priorities and projects identified in the work plan, including new projects within the ACAP mandate. ACAP contributes to cross-cutting initiatives of the Arctic Council. The ACAP Secretariat is house permanently at the Arctic Council Secretariat in Tromsø, Norway. Ulrik Westman (Sweden) is the current Chair of ACAP, supported by a Vice-Chair from the US. 

Follow ACAP on twitter at @ACAP_Arctic 

Download reports and documents from ACAP here

ACAP Website
Current Chairmanship





Ulrik Westman

Head of Unit, International Cooperation 

Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
SE-106 48 Stockholm


Executive Secretary

Patti Bruns