In January 2012, members of the international oil and gas industry launched a collaborative effort to enhance Arctic oil spill capabilities under the auspices of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP). This collaboration, called the Arctic Oil Spill Response Technology Joint Industry Programme (JIP) will expand industry knowledge of, and proficiencies in Arctic oil spill response.
Over the course of the programme, the JIP will carry out a series of advanced research projects in laboratory conditions on six key areas of research: dispersants, environmental effects, trajectory modelling, remote sensing, mechanical recovery and in situ buring.
Expert technical working groups for each project are populated by the top researchers from each of the member companies. The JIP scope also includes possible controlled field research, should it be found that research on one or more of the themes cannot be effectively taken forward without testing in an Arctic environment.