Arctic black carbon work hampered by US and Russia, says Finland


“The United States has pulled out from joint reduction targets and Russia has not submitted its national calculations on black carbon emissions,” the Finnish foreign ministry said ahead of the Arctic Council’s meeting in Finland over 6-7 May, which US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to attend.

Finland holds the rotating chairmanship of the Arctic Council, which also includes Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States.

Two years ago at the council’s previous ministerial meeting in Alaska, the member countries agreed to cut their black carbon emissions to 25-33% below 2013 levels by 2025.

An excerpt from Euractiv