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Northern Environmental Waste Management

Northern Environmental Waste Management (EWMA) aims to develop a research based competence cluster on waste handling in the Arctic oil industry, shipping, and mineral industries. Thus the project concentrates its attention towards research and education, connected to petroleum- and mineral- industry in cold environment.

The research will be in two main priority areas; effects of environmental pollution and the actions that are to be put in place for preventing and reducing the effects of potential environmental impacts. In this respect, as pointed out by the industry, it is important to pay attention towards what both the industry and management refer to as Best Available Technique (BAT) and Life Cycle Assessments (LCA). Building competence and conducting relevant research within these fields will be important to establish EWMA as a key centre for knowledge, research and education in the High North, and in areas relevant for new and expanding industrial activities in cold climates.

In addition, EWMA will pay special attention towards the establishment and further development of educational programmes that fall within these priority areas. A new BSc programme in Environmental management and Pollution biology is already established at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, and will be expanded also to MSc and PhD level within the next period of EWMA. Furthermore, a dedicated EVU programme Arctic Environment and Surroundings will offer relevant and important education for candidates from within both the governmental and private sector. In the coming three-year period, EWMA will be organised into three larger work packages, thereby increasing the synergies and impact from the ongoing research activities.

EWMA have an ambition of ending the next three-year period by developing a SFI (or similar) proposal. This, together with the competence and educational programmes established through EWMA, will ensure a lasting legacy for the benefit of all the three northern counties specifically, and for an eco-safe development in the High North in general.

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