Waste from the dump site in Ilulissat, Greenland. Photo: Arctic Technology Centre, DTU

Sanitation on the agenda in Greenland

Friday 18 Mar 16
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by Sabina Askholm Larsen

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Pernille Erland Jensen
Associate Professor
DTU Civil Engineering
+4545 25 22 55

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Niels-Jørgen Aagaard
Head of Department
DTU Civil Engineering
+4545 25 18 77
In April, Arctic Technology Centre (ARTEK) hosts an international conference in Sisimiut, Greenland. The conference focuses on existing and new technologies that are tailored to handle waste and wastewater management in the Arctic and is a key activity in the Arctic Council's work on health.

Every second year, DTU’s Arctic Technology Centre (ARTEK) hosts the international conference ARTEK Event in Sisimiut, Greenland.

This year, ARTEK Event focuses on how existing and emerging technologies can be used to raise the level of health in the Arctic. A particular focus for the conference is technologies that are tailored to handle waste and wastewater management in the Arctic.

"The societal development creates new challenges in relation to health, waste and wastewater management and protection of water resources in the Arctic. This means that there is a great need for research in and development of affordable, robust and sustainable technical solutions that work in Arctic conditions," says Pernille Erland Jensen, Associate Professor at ARTEK and responsible for ARTEK Event.

Key activity in the Arctic Council's work with sanitation and health

"We are proud that ARTEK Event will be involved in the Arctic Council's work to ensure better health in the Arctic. It is an acknowledgement of the research and technology development that ARTEK and DTU Civil Engineering is doing in Greenland"
Niels-Jørgen Aagaard

Inadequate sanitation is an everyday problem for many people in the Arctic. According to a large study conducted from 2001-2006 in Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Russia, many people have neither water nor sewerage installed in their homes.

The Arctic Council's working group on health in the Arctic, Arctic Human Health Experts Group, is working to improve health and hygiene conditions in the Arctic. Among the speakers at ARTEK Event is Thomas W. Hennessy, who is co-chair of the working group. He will tell more about the survey and how the Arctic Council will use the results from ARTEK Event 2016 to raise the standards for sanitation and health for people living in Arctic countries.

"We are proud that ARTEK Event will be involved in the Arctic Council's work to ensure better health in the Arctic. It is an acknowledgement of the research and technology development that ARTEK and DTU Civil Engineering is doing in Greenland," says Niels-Jørgen Aagaard, Head of Department at DTU Civil Engineering and Head of Centre for ARTEK.

Among the speakers at ARTEK Event are researchers, public authorities and industry partners working with health, hygiene and waste management in Greenland and the rest of the Arctic. There will be participants from all Arctic and Nordic countries.

ARTEK Event 2016 is held from April 12-14 in Sisimiut, Greenland.

The conference is targeted at researchers, decision-makers, public authorities and companies with an interest in working with technological development of the sanitation in Greenland and the rest of the Arctic Region.

For more information, please visit the conference website.