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Workshop on Black Carbon Emissions Reduction in the Arctic held at MSTU

15.04.2013

The workshop is held within the international project "Black Carbon Emissions in the Arctic: Reduction of Emissions from Stationary and Transport Diesel Sources" (2012 – 2015).

– Nowadays, the viewpoint of the international scientific community is that "black carbon" emission is the second factor influencing the melting ice in the Arctic, – said Vladimir Malyshev, the Head of MSTU Energy and Transport Department, – Emissions from cars, diesel plants, fires, industrial plants have their impact on the environment. We are studying "black carbon" emissions from cars, stationary diesel generators.

Researchers and post-graduate students of MSTU Energy and Transport Department and Department of Ecology and Environmental Protection are involved in the project activities.

The project is expected to make proposals to improve the transport infrastructure in Murmansk. In particular, according to Vladimir Malyshev, city traffic flow will be analyzed. Nine areas in Murmansk have been selected where traffic intensity will be analyzed. As a result of the research experts will develop measures to improve the environmental situation in the largest city above the Arctic Circle in the world.

– As you know, the "black carbon" is an important factor for human health. Our project is carried out within the framework of the Arctic Council Action to reduce pollutants emissions and the US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission for the environment protection. We started the project last year, the first workshop was held at MSTU in January – explained Meredidd Evans, a senior fellow at the Research Institute for Global Climate Change (Battelle Memorial Institute, USA).