Projects

The study aims to identify and measure the circular economy potential within different ar-eas, sectors, and industries in the Nordic region, and to analyse and give recommenda-tions on how to unleash this potential.

The project aims to create new knowledge on degradability and potential for unintentional spread and accumulation in the environment of biodegradable and compostable plastic materials, which are currently used or likely to see increased use in Norway.


Further, it aims to determine the extent to which the use of biodegradable and compostable plastics challenges sustainability considerations, when interference with recycling of conventional plastics, littering and spread of non-degraded residues, consumer behaviour, materials and resource use, are considered for the society at large.


Three main research areas will be developed during the project, the first on degradation of biodegradable mulch films in soils under Nordic conditions, the second on fate of biodegradable and compostable plastic materials in waste streams, and the third providing a life-cycle perspective on biodegradable plastic materials in both agriculture and waste streams. Project owner an coordinating research manager: NIBIO (Norsk institutt for bioøkonomi). Other partners: NORSUS, Grønt Punkt Norge, SIMAS IKS, Norsk Landbruksrådgivning og Landfiks.

Website for the project here.

SFI Biodegradable plastics is headed by the Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics at UiT – The Artic University of Norway. The research at the SFI aims to reduce plastic litter and associated problems as ghost fishing, macro and microplastic, caused by fishing and aquaculture industries. The goal is that traditional plastics in these sectors can be replaced with new biodegradable materials

The centre will develop research-based solutions and help the industry to develop sustainable innovations for the global market, including:

  • • Development of new types of plastics (polymers for fibre to twines, nets and ropes etc.)
  • Test strength, durability and degradation of new materials
  • Thorough testing on vessels and fish farms to clarify the strength, durability and degradability of biodegradable gear.
  • Analyse motivation and effect of incentives to use new materials in the seafood industry.
  • Test and analyse the recyclability of materials for the fishing industry.
  • Dissemination of results to make it easier for business actors to use biodegradable materials.

Project owner and coordinating research manager: UiT – The Artic University of Norway. Furtjermore the SFI consists of 14 industrial partners from fisheries, aquaculture and gear suppliers, five national research institutions, four international research institutions, as well as several public agencies and organizations from the fishery- and aquaculture sector participate in the center.

Webside for the project here.

Triple Panel Buildings utvikler et byggekonsept basert på sement, stål og gjenbrukt plast hovedsakelig for utviklingsland på den sørlige halvkule. Byggesystemet skal dermed løse behovet for å hindre plastavfall på avveie, skape arbeidsplasser i flere ledd lokalt, bidra til boligbygging i lav- og mellominntektsland, og handle alt av råvarer lokalt for å stimulere lokaløkonomien. Hovedmålet med dette forprosjektet er en skisse av hvordan bærekraften for byggesystemet skal måles i et globalt perspektiv, en vurdering av Triple Panels prestasjon i henhold til målemetoden, og identifisere hvilke elementer som krever videre undersøkelser.

Kari-Anne Lyng from NORSUS participates as the Norwegian representative in International Energy Agency (IEA) Task 37 Energy from biogas in the period 2020-2021.

Task 37 is an international group working for dissemination of knowledge regarding biogas across the member states. I the period 2019-2021 the following topics are prioritised:

  1. Energy Systems: Biomethane as a transport fuel/Technical requirements for integration of biogas systems into the energy system.
  2. Sustainability and Environment: Green gas certification & sustainability criteria/Good Management Practice of the anaerobic digestion facility.
  3. Integration of anaerobic digestion into processes: Integration of anaerobic digestion into agricultural sector/Increasing the range of feedstocks for anaerobic digestion/Integration of anaerobic digestion into biorefineries

IEA Bioenergy Task 37 develops technical reports about different topics related to biogas, presents case stories for inspiration, and collates statistics and information about biogas and production and use of biogas in each member state.

The Norwegian participation in IEA Bioenergy Task 37 is financed by Enova and by the members of the Norwegian reference group: Greve Biogass, Biokraft Skogn, Biogass Oslofjord, VEAS, NIBIO and Innovation Norway. Read mor about IEA Bioenergy Task 37.

The Exilva project is a part of Borregaard’s set-up and running of the first industrial scale plant for producing microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) in addition to develop advance market segments for the use of this product. It is funded under the BBI JU program of EUs Horizon 2020 effort, and Exilva MFC is produced at the flagship factory in Sarpsborg. In this project, NORSUS has used life cycle assessment (LCA) as a tool to scrutinise the social and environmental properties of microfibrillated cellulose and the applications to which Exilva MFC is used as ingredient. MFC can be used in a wide range of products, and it can enhance properties like rheology, surface area and water holding capacity.

See https://norsus.no/en/prosjekt/h2020-exilva-mikrocellulose/

NordPEF-arbeidsgruppen jobber med implementering av Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) i den nordiske landbruk- og matsektoren og gir innspill til det europeiske arbeid på området. Arbeidsgruppen ble etablert i 2016 og har bl.a. jobbet med anbefalinger for datainnsamling og gjennomført intervjuer vedrørende den nordiske næringsmiddelindustriens holdninger til PEF og miljømerking.

I 2020 vil arbeidet være konsentrert om 3 tema:

  • Prinsipper for beregning av klimafotavtrykk av fôr
  • Biologisk mangfold
  • Gjødselhåndtering og spredning av organisk og mineralgjødsel

Resultatene fra arbeidet vil bli presentert for Technical Advisory Board (TAB) i PEF og gi anbefalinger til arbeidet som pågår i EU.

På oppdrag for Quantafuel skal NORSUS studere materialstrømmen av plast til gjenvinning fra Norge til det ender opp som kjemikalie til bruk i nye produkter. Det skal kvalifiseres hvilke mengder som på denne måten kan gå til materialgjenvinning og også gjøres en miljømessig livsløpsvurdering (LCA) av behandlingssystemet.

The Exilva project is a part of Borregaard’s set-up and running of the first industrial scale plant for producing microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) in addition to develop advance market segments for the use of this product. It is funded under the BBI JU program of EUs Horizon 2020 effort, and Exilva MFC is produced at the flagship factory in Sarpsborg. In this project, NORSUS has used life cycle assessment (LCA) as a tool to scrutinise the social and environmental properties of microfibrillated cellulose and the applications to which Exilva MFC is used as ingredient. MFC can be used in a wide range of products, and it can enhance properties like rheology, surface area and water holding capacity.

Analyses of the climate change emissions from cradle to grave for products with and without Exilva MFC shows that the burdens are reduced by using MFC. The reductions are mainly caused by reductions in the use of chemicals, and because one can replace some ingredients with water. This leads to reduces emissions along the whole value chain, and especially for transport.

The reports from the EU project are confidential, however preliminary results were presented by Ingunn Saur Modahl and Ellen Soldal at the Tappi Nano conference in Wisconsin in 2018 . Ingunn presented results for MFC used in several applications . and Ellen focused on use of MFC used in beverage containers .

In this project, NORSUS has also published four LCA datasets in publicly available databases. In general, there are few LCA datasets available for free, and as of today no datasets for microfibrillated cellulose have been available at all. Hence, it is progress for the LCA society to have publicly available LCA data for MFC. This will make it possible for LCA practitioners to make their own models of product systems containing MFC, which can be useful for research and product development. Hopefully this can lead to reduced environmental burdens for several products in the future.

The EU funded Exilva project started in May 2016 and ended in April 2020. The research was supported by funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 709746.

I dette prosjektet lager NORSUS EPD-er for Hydro Aluminium Rolled Products i Holmestrand. Her er det gjenvinning, støping, valsing, og lakkering av aluminium; så mange spennende problemstillinger å gripe fatt i.