New National Centre for Environmental Documentation
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NorEnviro is the newly opened national centre for gathering and sharing environmental and resource data concerning products, processes, materials, and energy and waste systems. A key task for NorEnviro is to set up a well-functioning infrastructure to ease the sharing and use of accumulated data from different institutions in Norway. This type of data is an important starting point for research and development, documentation and design of products in the circular economy.
The centre is initiated by Østfoldforskning and is located in Fredrikstad. Both Østfold County and the City of Fredrikstad has signed an agreement to fund the centre for the next 5 years. An application for funding of 3o million from the Research Council of Norway has also been submitted, but the application process will not be settled until the Summer of 2019. NIFU is one of the partners together with NMBU, SINTEF, NIBIO, IFE and other institutions.
Waste and other residual materials from 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.