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

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

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 change. Environmental Science & Technology. 49: 11218-11226. Final edited version (requires log-in).

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 Norway. Applied Energy. 157. Final edited version (requires log-in).

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. Final edited version (requires log-in).

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 technologies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 112(20): 6277:6282. Final edited version (requires log-in).

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 Sea. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. 19(4): 826-837. Final edited version (requires log-in). Unedited version.

Arvesen, A., C. Birkeland, and E. G. Hertwich. 2013. The importance of ships and spare parts in LCAs of offshore power. Environmental Science and Technology. 47(6): 2948:2956. Final edited version (requires log-in).

Arvesen, A. and E.G. Hertwich. 2012. Assessing the life cycle environmental impacts of wind power: A review of present knowledge and research needs. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 16(8): 5994-6006. Final edited version (requires log-in). Unedited version.

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

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 mitigation. Energy Policy 39(11): 7448-7454. Final edited version (requires log-in). Unedited version.

Arvesen, A., J. Liu, and E.G. Hertwich. 2010. Energy cost of living and associated pollution for Beijing residents. Journal of Industrial Ecology 14(6): 890-901 Final edited version (requires log-in).

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.