Background and activities

I have 15 years of experience in use and development of methods for life cycle assessment (LCA), mainly applied to oil/gas extraction, transport and infrastructure, and space technologies, as well as numerous other land based industries. I was co-founder and manager of the LCA consultancy MiSA, and I have worked as researcher and lecturer in adjunct positions at NTNU, University of Agder (UiA) Department of engineering science, and UiT - The Arctic University of Norway Department of arctic and marine biology. I have also been engaged in the establishment and development of innovation clusters within the aquaculture supply industry, and water technologies.

My research interests are the environmental aspects of production and product development, and I am mainly working with aquaculture and product manufacturing. I teach aluminium product innnovation in cooperation with NAPIC, and lead the life cycle assessment work in the recently started H2020 project RemovAl investigating possible uses of bauxitt residue (red mud) from primary aluminium production.

Research, to me, is most exciting when it allows insights into actual product systems. I seek partners for sustainable engineering and increased competitiveness in Norwegian and European industry.

I am study program director for energy and sustainability at the Faculty of Engineering, and study proram manager for the international master studies at the Industrial Ecology Programme:


  • TEP4295 Environmental analysis and industrial ecology (course coordinator)
  • TEP4225 Energy and environment (lecturer)
  • TMM4285 Life cycle performance of aluminium products (lecturer)

I regularly contribute lectures in sustainability and sustainability assessment for marine resources and aquaculture, manufacturing and metallurgy. 


UiT Environmental waste management (EWMA) - petroleum and mineral industry in cold environment

Smart Water Cluster Norwegian water technology innnovation cluster (2011-2016)

NCE Aquatech Cluster Norwegian Centre of Expertise in sustainable aquaculture technology (2017--)

RemovAl - Removing the waste streams from the primary Aluminum production in Europe (2018-2022)

See here an overview of my research project and masterstudent involvements.  

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

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  • Larsen, Hogne Nersund; Skaar, Christofer; Solli, Christian; Pettersen, Johan; Loveland, Simon. (2014) Green Procurement as a Means Towards Resilient Public Organizations. Proceedings of the 20th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference (ISDRC 2014).
  • Pettersen, Johan Berg; Hung, Christine Roxanne; Solli, Christian; Steeneveldt, Rosetta; Kerr, Scott Peter; Aas, Nina. (2013) A Guide to Better Wells: Environmental Life-Cycle Assessment of Historical, Current and Future Best Practice in Drilling. SPE Offshore Europe Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition, 3-6 September, Aberdeen, UK.


  • Hagen, Øivind; Hung, Christine; Josefsen, Kjell Domaas; Pettersen, Johan. (2011) Forutsetninger for biogassproduksjon i Norge. En flerfaglig casestudie av Ørland og Frosta. 2011. ISBN 9788214050851.
  • Pettersen, Johan; Hertwich, Edgar G.. (2007) Overall evaluation of offshore drilling fluid technology: Development and application of life-cycle inventory and impact assessment methods. Tapir Akademisk Forlag. 2007. ISBN 978-82-471-5613-1. Doktoravhandlinger ved NTNU (251).
  • Pettersen, Johan; Peters, Glen; Hertwich, Edgar G.. (2004) Marine ecotoxic pulse effects in LCIA. 2004. IndEcol working papers (2004/9).


  • Hagen, Øivind; Hung, Christine; Josefsen, Kjell Domaas; Pettersen, Johan. (2011) ”A manure-based eco-park: how society and technology affect the environmental performance of biogas from manure”. (presented by C. Hung). The 6th International Conference on Industrial Ecology, Berkeley, USA, 7-10 June . International Society for Industrial Ecology; Berkeley. 2011-06-07 - 2011-06-10.
  • Baard Ove, Molberg; Larsen, Hogne Nersund; Solli, Christian; Pettersen, Johan. (2009) Avslører klimasynderne i kommune-Norge. Adresseavisen [Avis]. 2009-02-17.
  • Pettersen, Johan; Hertwich, Edgar G.; Paulsen, John Eirik; Jensen, Bjørnung; Omland, Tor Henry. (2008) Examples of application of uncertainty in life-cycle interpretation of offshore drilling fluid technology. SETAC Europe 2008 . Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry; Warsaw. 2008-05-25 - 2008-05-29.
  • Pettersen, Johan; Hertwich, Edgar G.. (2007) Metal ecotoxicity as a separate LCIA category. SETAC-Europe 17th Annual Meeting . Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC); Porto. 2007-05-20 - 2007-05-24.
  • Pettersen, Johan; Hertwich, Edgar G.. (2007) Uncertainty as decision support in life-cycle interpretation. International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE) Conference 2007 . International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE); Toronto. 2007-06-17 - 2007-06-20.
  • Paulsen, John Eirik; Pettersen, Johan; Jensen, Bjørnung; Svensen, Torgrim. (2006) A Management Technique That Integrates And Glues Cost And Environmental Performance Targets In E&P Drilling. SPE/IADC Indian Drilling Technology Conference and Exhibition . Society of Petroleum Engineers; Mumbai. 2006-10-16 - 2006-10-18.
  • Pettersen, Johan; Hertwich, Edgar G.. (2006) Marine ecotoxicity of metals and minerals in LCA. SETAC-Europe 16th Annual Meeting 2006 . Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry; Den Haag. 2006-05-07 - 2006-05-11.
  • Pettersen, Johan; Paulsen, John Eirik. (2006) Overall evaluation of the environmental benefits of the zero-discharge requirement in the Barents Sea - Life-cycle ecotoxic contributions from drilling operations in the Arctic. 5th International Conference on Contaminants in Freezing Ground . Norges Geotekniske Institutt (NGI); Oslo. 2006-05-21 - 2006-05-25.
  • Strømman, Anders Hammer; Solli, Christian; Peters, Glen; Pettersen, Johan; Hertwich, Edgar G.. (2005) Comparative hybrid life cycle assessment of natural gas based fuel chains for transportation. SETAC Europe 15th annual meeting . SETAC Europe; Lille. 2005-05-22 - 2005-05-26.
  • Pettersen, Johan; Hertwich, Edgar G.. (2004) Lagrangian fate and exposure assessment for marine aquatic ecotoxic impacts in LCIA. SETAC-Europe 2004 . Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC); Prague. 2004-04-19 - 2004-04-22.