Organic waste and other residual materials from bio-industries and households are of increasing value in today’s economy. Substances that have long represented a cost to the economy are now becoming a valuable resource. Exploiting the full potential of these resources requires increased innovation, systemic change as well as better regulation and governance.
The SusValueWaste-project addresses these issues by analysing value chains inside and across different sectors of the bioeconomy. We analyse a number of industrial cases from different parts of the bioeconomy and collaborate with highly relevant industry actors. The aim of the project is to help policymakers better govern and regulate the organic waste industry and the industry actors to identify and exploit new opportunities in the circular bioeconomy.
The project is managed and coordinated by NIFU in close cooperation with research partners in Norway, Sweden and Denmark.The project has a total budget of 40 mill NOK (4,5 mill EUR) and will run from 2015-2019
In collaboration with colleagues from academia, business and policy, SusValueWaste organised a dialogue session at the International Sustainability Transitions Conference in June 2017. The topic for dialogue was “Transition to a Sustainable Bioeconomy”. The panel participants in the SusValueWaste-session drew attention to the heterogeneity of the bioeconomy. Encompassed in this economy is various interests and sectors... Read More
Everyday, consumers are responsible for wasting fully edible food. COSUS is a reseach project with the aim of reducing consumers’ food waste. The project focuses on strategies that can encourage consumers to accept suboptimal foods before and after purchase. These suboptimal foods can for example have an expired best-before date or undesired shape or colour, but are still... Read More
The bioeconomy is predicted to be a driving force in the future Norwegian economy. Norwegian University of Life Sciences has made this animation film that gives a good introduction to the possibilities for building a strong bioeconomy in Norway. The country has an abundance of kelp, seaweed and timber and other nutritious bio-resources, that can be... Read More
An important part of SusValueWaste is to study the process of policy formulation and implementation for developing a sustainable bioeconomy. The project has already published scientific articles on policy related topics, organised various events where policy has been in focus, and we have now gathered some of the key findings in a SusValueWaste Policy Brief From fossil fuels to a bio-based economy: Identifying the rationales for... Read More
Valentina E. Tartiu, Post Doc in SusValueWaste, has co-edited the recently published book “Food waste reduction and valorisation: Sustainability assessment and policy analysis” (Springer). The book presents an analysis framework for the food waste problem, which includes economic, environmental, social, political and regulatory dimensions. Also included in the book are, mapping methods for measuring food consumption... Read More
A new postdoctoral fellow, Julia Szulecka, joins the SusValueWaste project. Julia will be based at TIK, UiO and work in the WP5 (Policy trends, complementarities and contradictions). She holds an MSc in Political Science from the VU Amsterdam and a PhD in Forestry and Land Economics from TU Dresden and the University of Padova. She is... Read More
This year’s annual meeting of SusValueWaste is happening in Fredrikstad. Østfoldforskning is the host and they have organized a field trip to Borregaard in Sarpsborg. We will also discuss working papers based on the collected data from the various industry sectors included in the project.
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