Background and activities

My research seeks to understand how demand for products and services, industrial activities, environmental pressures and environmental impacts are interconnected. In particular, I am interested in understanding the environmental implications of strategies to mitigate climate change, taking into consideration the life cycle of technologies and interconnections between technologies. The methods I use include life cycle assessment (LCA) and environmentally extended input-output analysis (EEIOA). 


Peer-reviewed journals

Gibon, T., Hertwich, E.G., Arvesen, A., Singh, B., Verones, F. 2017. Health benefits, ecological threats of low-carbon electricity. Environmental Research Letters. (Open access.)

Pauliuk, S., Arvesen, A., Stadler, K., Hertwich, E.G., 2017. Industrial ecology in integrated assessment modelsNature Climate Change 7.

Berrill, P., Arvesen, A., Scholz, Y., Gils, H.C., Hertwich, E.G., 2016. Environmental impacts of high penetration renewable energy scenarios for EuropeEnvironmental Research Letters 11(1): 014012. (Open access.)

Gibon, T., R. Wood, A. Arvesen, J. D. Bergesen, S. Suh, E. G. Hertwich. 2015. A methodology for integrated multiregional life cycle assessment scenarios under large-scale technological changeEnvironmental Science & Technology. 49: 11218-11226.

Arvesen, A., I. B. Hauan, B. M. Bolsøy, and E.G. Hertwich. 2015. Life cycle assessment of transport of electricity via different voltage levels: A case study for Nord-Trøndelag county in NorwayApplied Energy. 157. (Postprint pdf.)

Arvesen, A., and E.G. Hertwich. 2015. More caution is needed when using life cycle assessment to determine energy return on investment (EROI)Energy Policy. 76:1-6. (Postprint pdf.)

Hertwich, E.G., T. Gibon, Bouman, E. A., Arvesen, A., Suh, S., Heath, G. A., Bergesen, J. D., Ramirez, A., Vega, M. I., and L. Shi. 2015. Integrated life-cycle assessment of electricity supply scenarios confirms global environmental benefit of low-carbon technologiesProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 112(20): 6277:6282. (Open access.)

Arvesen, A., R. N. Nes, D. Huertes-Hernando, and E. G. Hertwich. 2014. Life cycle assessment of an offshore grid interconnecting wind farms and customers across the North SeaThe International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. 19(4): 826-837. (Postprint pdf.)

Arvesen, A., C. Birkeland, and E. G. Hertwich. 2013. The importance of ships and spare parts in LCAs of offshore powerEnvironmental Science and Technology. 47(6): 2948:2956.

Arvesen, A. and E.G. Hertwich. 2012. Assessing the life cycle environmental impacts of wind power: A review of present knowledge and research needsRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 16(8): 5994-6006. (Postprint pdf.)

Arvesen, A. and E. G. Hertwich. 2011. Environmental implications of large-scale adoption of wind power: a scenario-based life cycle assessmentEnvironmental Research Letters 6(4): 045102. (Open access.)

Arvesen, A., R. M. Bright, and E. G. Hertwich. 2011. Considering only first-order effects? How simplifications lead to unrealistic technology optimism in climate change mitigationEnergy Policy 39(11): 7448-7454. (Postprint pdf).

Arvesen, A., J. Liu, and E.G. Hertwich. 2010. Energy cost of living and associated pollution for Beijing residentsJournal of Industrial Ecology 14(6): 890-901.

Book chapters, theses and reports

Sandén, B. and A. Arvesen. 2014. Energy balance and climate impact of renewable power: Is there cause for concern? In Systems perspectives on renewable power. 2014. Sandén, B., ed. Gothenburg: Chalmers University of Technology. E-published at

Arvesen, A. 2013. Understanding the environmental implications of energy transitions: A case study for wind power. PhD thesis. Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

Arvesen, A. 2008. Direct and indirect energy consumption of households in Beijing. MSc thesis. Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

Arvesen, A. and E.G. Hertwich. 2007. Utslipp av klimagasser fra flytrafikk [Greenhouse gas emissions from air travel]. Industrial Ecology Programme, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Report no.4/2007. Available at


Hertwich, E., T. Gibon, A. Arvesen. 2015. Pust lettere med fornybar energi. Feature story in Dagens Næringsliv. Link.

Arvesen, A. 2012. «Skitten» vindkraft likevel bedre enn fossil kraft. Feature story in Klima 2012 (1): 10-11. Link.

Arvesen, A., and E.G. Hertwich. 2011. Insight: emission benefits of wind power confirmed. News story at Link.

Arvesen, A. 2011. For snever tilnærming til klimavern? Feature story at Link.