Projects

Due to the urgency to transform society and tackling the challenge of climate change, science needs to go beyond incremental change. NIYF develops and tests a methodology to stimulate transformative societal change in a co-constructive way with citizens and stakeholders from the civil, public, and private sector. NIYF is transdisciplinary in nature by combining social science, humanities (art), and environmental science, and involves a large group of local and national stakeholders. This provides new, participative models of local governance for the path towards carbon neutrality.

In the project, NORSUS quantifies the CO2 emission reduction effects achieved in each of the cases by state-of-the-art Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) based environmental scenario analyses, also assessing the upscaling potential.

The project is led by NTNU and funded by The Norwegian Research Council, KLIMAFORSK program, grant no 302111. Project period 2020.09.01 – 2024.08.31. See more information here: https://www.ntnu.edu/web/psychology/niyf

Sustainable Eaters is a four-year project with support from the Research Council.

Senior Researcher Valérie Lengard Almli at Nofima is the project manager.

The research project is led by Nofima, in collaboration with 26 partners from research, industry, the public sector and non-profit organizations.

Participants in the project: BaRe, Grønt Punkt Norge AS, GS1 Norway, INN – Høgskolen i Innlandet, Karlstad University, Keep-it Technologies AS, Loop, Matprat (Nortura SA), Matvett AS, Mills AS, Multivac AS, NIBIO, NMBU, Nofima, NorgesGruppen ASA, NORSUS, Nortura SA, Orkla Foods Norge AS, OsloMet, Rema Distribusjon Norge AS, Rema 1000, Ruralis, Tromsø Kommune, Tromsø Matsentral, Vitenparken Campus Ås, Wipak Norway og Æra Strategic Innovation AS.

The main goal of the project is to enable and strengthen consumers’ contribution to achieving a sustainable Norwegian food system.

Background

The entire value chain for food must be re-evaluated. The use of resources must be more efficient, food waste must be reduced, and the diet must be adjusted. Reports such as “Klimakur 2030” have pointed to specific measures aimed at consumers to meet these challenges. There is no way around it; consumers must contribute to the shift toward a sustainable food system. To achieve this, we must re-think. There is a need to make changes in consumer behaviour related to food choice, food waste and recycling of packaging materials.

Goal

The main goal of the project is to enable and strengthen consumers’ contribution to achieving a sustainable Norwegian food system.

To enable this, the project aims to:

  • Develop intervention strategies, industry- and policy recommendations for reduced food waste, healthy and sustainable diets, and increased recycling of food packaging.
  • Refine scientific knowledge on what sustainable food means in the Norwegian agroindustry context.
  • Develop knowledge, awareness, and new sustainability habits in the younger generation.
  • Elaborate on industry solutions that support consumers in embracing sustainable behaviours.
  • Optimize the dynamics of the online shopping value chain toward higher resource efficiency, lower food waste, and lower climate impact from producer to consumer.

Organization

The project will carry out the following tasks:

  1. Identify consumer typology and behaviour change
  2. Evaluate behavioural effects on the value chain
  3. Educate young generations and connected citizens
  4. Develop industrial innovations
  5. Project communication and dissemination

The project consists of five work packages and four cases. These are outlined in the figure over this text.