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
When making paper and pulp via the so called kraft process, residuals from the wood end up in a by-product called black liquor. Today the black liquor is usually burned for energy and heat at the paper mills, but what if part of it could be used to make transportation fuels instead? New report Johanna Olofsson... Read More
A quarter of the world market for waste management technology comes from Germany. One of the factors that make the country unique is the cooperation between the various actors, supported by the political and governance setting. SusValueWaste’s postdoctoral fellow, Julia Szulecka, based at TIK, UiO, just attended the 73rd International Short Course on Resource Efficiency –... Read More
Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a widespread method used to measure environmental impact from products and services. Despite that LCA is well-established, there are still elements of the methodology that are debated. SusValueWaste has prepared a technical brief that addresses some of these contested elements, which are particularly relevant to the circular bio-economy. When using LCA as a policy... Read More
How is waste best handled? Although the debate often revolves around whether public or private waste management is the best option, a SusValueWaste study reveals that both public, private and hybrid ways to organize is probably most preferable. The different actors play complementing roles that collectively lead to innovative and sustainable waste handeling. The public actors are often facilitators for technological and infrastructural development, while private... Read More
A variety of actors representing the different sectors in the bioeconomy in Norway has spoken. Through a foresight process, SusValueWastae asked what the different sectors and groups of actors have in common when considering the future and the circular bioeconomy. Five visions of the future bioeconomy crystalized: No waste, only resources Network and power couples Local,... Read More
SusValueWaste’s annual meeting for 2017 took place in Fredrikstad on August 29.-30, the home city of the project partner Østfoldforskning. Over the two days, where about 25 researchers from the project team and reference group participated, we discussed papers in progress, reports, new paper ideas and upcoming dissemination activities. We were also given a guided tour... Read More
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