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...   Read More

Innovation for Food Waste Prevention

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Numerous initiatives show that the food waste challenge can be tackled in many ways. In this article at, Eili Skrivervik, part of the SusValueWaste team at TIK, advocates for the emphasis on collective efforts to create innovations, instead of keeping the focus on the food waste failures. Read the whole article (in Norwegian): Innovasjon kan...   Read More

Opportunities in the Brewery Industry

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Spent grain is an organic left-over from beer production. Historically this side-stream has been given away for free to farmers as livestock feed. However, with the decline of the number of nearby located farms and challenges due to quick spoilage, currently the spent grain is often considered inconvenient waste instead of being a valuable resource. Large...   Read More

Possibilities in the Forest Industry

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Wood is a versatile resource. Trees can become building materials, chemicals, energy, feed and nutrients. The saying is “Anything that can be made from oil can be made of trees“, but tree fibres can actually be used in even more ways than oil. With 37 per cent of the land covered with forest, Norway possesses renewable...   Read More

The Possibilities of Black Liquor

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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

Learning Best Practices in Waste Management and Cleaner Production

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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

Knowledge Contribution: SusValueWaste Technical Brief No.1

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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

Private or Public Waste Management?

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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

Foresighting the Bioeconomy

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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 2017

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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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