Highlights and news from IndEcol

Highlights and news from IndEcol

Research highlights

Research highlights


rainforest project people kickoff

January 2023. The RAINFOREST project will contribute to enabling, upscaling and accelerating transformative change to reduce biodiversity impacts of major food and biomass value chains. Funded by Horizon Europe. 

Photo from kick-off meeting in Lerkendal Gård, Trondheim. 

Threatened species

insect with wings on flower

04.08.2022. More than half of data deficient species to be threatened by extinction. New publication in Communications biology by Jan Borgelt, Martin Dorber, Marthe Alnes Høiberg & Francesca Verones.

Photo: Unsplash



18.02.2021.  New publication at Nature Sustainability: The land–energy–water nexus of global bioenergy potentials from abandoned cropland. Authors: Jan Sandstad Næss, Otavio Cavalett & Francesco Cherubini.

Photo: Colourbox



April 2020. ATLANTIS PROJECT will develop models for quantifying impacts on species diversity and ecosystem service losses from marine plastic debris and marine invasive species within the life cycle assessment framework. Funded by ERC, Horizon 2020.

Photo: Marthe A. Høiberg/NTNU



illustration paved roads

1.12.2022. Paved roads provide a lot of services such as enabling us to travel and move goods. This study, published in Environmental Science & Tenchnology, assesses the global road material stock and the emissions associated with materials’ production. 

Figure: Lola S. A. Rousseau

Two IndEcol professors appointed to International panels

Photo of Francesco Cherubini and Edgar Hertwich

March 2022. IndEcol is proud to share the latest appointments of professors Francesco Cherubini and Edgar Hertwich to two new International panels positions. With their scientific expertise, they are going to contribute to climate related projects. 

Photo: Titt Melhuus/NTNU



Illustration graph

15.02.2021. The carbon footprint of materials production has risen from 5 billion tons CO2e in 1995 to 11.5 billion tons in 2015, driven mostly by investment, according to a paper in Nature Geoscience by Edgar G. Hertwich.

Fig. 1: GHG emissions from material production

BAMBOO project

Bamboo kickoff people

October 2022. BAMBOO PROJECT will provide comprehensive and detailed knowledge of the effects of biomass trade from land and sea on biodiversity and ecosystem services and an improved way of identifying leverage points.

Photo from kick-off meeting in Leiden (The Netherlands) on bamboo website. 

Sand Paper

Photo: Sand and machine

21.05.2021. Is crushed Norwegian rock the solution to the global sand crisis? A new publication Sustainability of the global sand system in the urban era co-authored by Mark Simoni and Daniel Müller in One Earth.

Photo: Mark Simoni/NTNU



February 2021. LCA and scenario analysis of a Norwegian net-zero GHG emission neighbourhood: The importance of mobility and surplus energy from PV technologies. C.Lausselet, K.M.Lund and H.Brattebø. Published at Building and Environment

Photo: Asplan Viak and Elverum vekst.

ALIGNED project

LOGO light tree glass

October 2022. ALIGNED PROJECT will advance the scientific field of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and collaborate with industries and representatives from five bio-based sectors: construction, woodworking, textile, pulp and paper, and bio-chemicals.

Photo: Aligned project website


09.03.2021. Five professors from Industrial Ecology ranked among the top 2% Scientists in the world according to Sandford’s University list. This study measures the high-quality research performed in the field of Environmental Sciences of our group.

Photo: Geir Mogen/NTNU


hand holding glass

16.12.2020.  Fireplug, CircWtE, SusWoodStoves - 3 new cutting-edge projects founded by the Norwegian Research Council involving the Industrial Ecology Programme.

Photo: Unsplash.com

Other news

Other news


Sustainable Settlements: An NTNU-Sustainability event in collaboration with FME-ZEN and Green2050. Keynote with Shoshanna Saxe, Panel debate with Freja Nygaard Rasmussen, Bendik Manum, Peter Schön, Mohamed Hamdy. Photo: Triantafyllia Pappa/NTNU (01.03.2023)


Tiny homes to fix the climate?
 New blog post by Prof. Edgar Hertwich (12.12.2020)


Abandoned cropland helps make Europe cooler
. Abandoned cropland — or land cover change more generally — and its role in regional climate can help to us adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change. And by improving agricultural systems, we can free up land for multiple uses.


Energy & Data Science for the Just Transition with keynote speaker Daniel M. Kammen.
Panel discussion on the Just Transition to a Zero-Carbon Energy System with Francesca Verones, Magnus Korpås, Edgar Hertwich, Helge Brattebø. Photo: Triantafyllia Pappa/NTNU (08.02.2023)


EXIOBASE update: v3.8
.We just released a new update for the EXIOBASE 3 MRIO time-series of monetary tables: v3.8. It is a full re-estimate of the time-series, but still relies heavily on "now-casting" economic structure (and environmental extensions).


Fewer cows, more trees and bioenergy
. Francesco Cherubini serves as lead author of Chapter 6 for the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land.


The Industrial Ecology Digital Lab
provides sustainable digital solutions for sustainability research. (01.01.2021)


Losing ground in biodiversity hotspots worldwide
: Agriculture is eating into areas that are important in protecting some of the most biologically diverse places on the planet. Most of this new agricultural land is being used to grow cattle feed. (29.10.2020)

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