Background and activities
Brattebø is Professor of Industrial Ecology and Head of the research area Environmental and Sustainability Analysis within NTNU’s thematic strategic area TSO-Sustainability.
Brattebø is MSc (1977) and PhD (1983) in Environmental Engineering from NTH (Norwegian Institute of Technology; today NTNU). He has a background as researcher in the Water Treatment Group at NTH/SINTEF, chief engineer at Reinertsen Consulting Engineers, and Region Manager at Østlandskonsult Consulting Engineers (today COWI). Brattebø has been at NTNU since 1989, first as co-ordinator of the Programme for Environmental Technical Sciences, then Head of Environmental Studies Division at the Center for Environment and Development (SMU), and later initiator and director of the Industrial Ecology Programme (IndEcol). From 1998 he was professor and Department Head (2005-2010) at the Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering in 1998, incl. to periods as visiting professor at the Centre for Industrial Ecology at Yale University, U.S.A. (2003/04) and at the MIT Portugal Programme, Instituto Superior de Tecnico, Lisbon (2010/11). Brattebø serves as Editor of the Journal of Industrial Ecology, and have had different roles with the International Society for Industrial Ecology. Since January 2013 Brattebø's position is transfered to the Department of Energy and Process Engineering at NTNU.
Brattebø teaches Industrial Ecology. In research he started his carrier working on processes for water and wastewater treatment, and methods for industrial cleaner production. During recent years his research is in the field of Industrial Ecology and Environmental Systems Analysis, applied to various infrastructure systems, such as for waste recycling, water supply and sanitation, road bridges, building stocks, and district heating. An important research issue has been to examine how such systems perform with respect to environment and economy in a life cycle perspective, and what are the critical factors for improvements. This research includes model development, dynamic simulation and systems analysis of material, energy and waste flows, as well as their consequences with respect to emissions, environment and cost.
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2015) Metabolism-modelling approaches to long-term sustainability assessment of urban water services. Urban Water Journal.
- (2014) Exploring urban mines: pipe length and material stocks in urban water and wastewater networks. Urban Water Journal. vol. 11 (4).
- (2014) Urban water system metabolism assessment using WaterMet2 model. Procedia Engineering. vol. 70.
- (2014) WaterMet2: a tool for integrated analysis of sustainability-based performance of urban water systems. Drinking Water Engineering and Science (DWES). vol. 7 (1).
- (2014) Dynamic material flow analysis for PCBs in the Norwegian building stock. Building Research & Information. vol. 42 (3).
- (2014) Dynamic-MFA examination of Chilean housing stock: long-term changes and earthquake damage. Building Research & Information. vol. 42 (3).
- (2014) Studying the demand-side vis-à-vis the supply-side of urban water systems –Case study of Oslo, Norway. Environmental technology. vol. 35 (18).
- (2014) Understanding the water-energy-carbon nexus in urban water utilities: Comparison of four city case studies and the relevant influencing factors. Energy. vol. 75.
- (2014) Dynamic metabolism modeling of urban water services - demonstrating effectiveness as a decision-support tool for Oslo, Norway. Water Research. vol. 61.
- (2014) Consideration of life cycle energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in road infrastructure planning processes: Examples of Sweden, Norway, Denmarks and The Netherlands. Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management. vol. 16 (4).
- (2014) Sensitivity analysis in long-term dynamic building stock modeling - Exploring the importance of uncertainty of input parameters in Norwegian segmented dwelling stock model. Energy and Buildings. vol. 85.
- (2014) Using a dynamic segmented model to examine future renovation activities in the Norwegian dwelling stock. Energy and Buildings. vol. 82.
- (2014) Life cycle assessment of the water and wastewater system in Trondheim, Norway - A case study. Urban Water Journal. vol. 11 (4).
- (2014) Life Cycle Energy and GHG Emission within the Turin Metropolitan Area Urban Water Cycle. Procedia Engineering. vol. 89.
- (2013) Typifying cities to streamline the selection of relevant environmental sustainability indicators for urban water supply and sewage handling systems - a recommendation". Environment, Development and Sustainability. vol. 15.
- (2013) Environmental life cycle assessment of bridges. Journal of Bridge Engineering. vol. 18 (2).
- (2013) Carbon Emissions of Infrastructure Development. Environmental Science and Technology. vol. 47 (20).
- (2013) Influence of assumptions about household waste composition in waste management LCAs. Waste Management. vol. 33 (1).
- (2012) Comparing CO2 and NOx emissions from a district heating system with mass-burn waste incineration versus likely alternative solutions - City of Trondheim, 1986-2009. Resources, Conservation and Recycling. vol. 60.
- (2012) Assessment of environmental impacts of an ageing and saturated water supply pipeline network - City of Oslo, 1991-2006. Journal of Industrial Ecology. vol. 16 (5).