Sustainable Production and Consumption

Sustainable Production and Consumption

We address production, consumption, trade and economic growth in terms of environmental sustainability.



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  • Project title: Carbon emission mitigation by Consumption-based Accounting and Policy
  • Funded by: European Commission (FP7)
  • Project timeframe: October 2013 - December 2016

The Carbon-CAP project aimed at stimulating an effective climate policy mix in the European Union and internationally, to address emissions related to consumption in addition to those related to production.

Contact: Professor Richard Wood

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  • Project title: Development of a System of Indicators for a Resource Efficient Europe
  • Funded by: European Commission (FP7)
  • Project timeframe: September 2012 - February 2016

Funded by the EU’s FP7, the DESIRE project developed and applied an optimal set of indicators to monitor European progress towards resource-efficiency. This project concluded in 2016.

Contact: Professor Richard Wood

  • Project title: Environmental and Labour Input-Output Database (ELIOD)
  • Funded by: European Commission
  • Project timeframe: October 2016 - October 2017

ELIOD is a project aimed at producing a database of energy, air emissions and labour by industry suitable for linking to the OECD ICIO database. This information includes automated updated procedures for combustible and non-combustible emissions for six specific pollutants for 2010-14, and is funded the European Commission (JRC IPTS).

Contact: Professor Richard Wood

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  • Project title: Green Lifestyles, Alternative Models and Upscaling Regional Sustainability
  • Funded by: European Commission (FP7)
  • Project timeframe: January 2014 - December 2016

This project explored sustainable lifestyles and aimed to develop an effective policy mix - at the European level and in EU member states - that can support transitions to sustainable lifestyles and a green economy.

Contact: Professor Richard Wood

  • Project title: Green Growth Scenarios
  • Funded by: International Labour Organisation

We are contributing to an International Labour Organisation report on green economies, the world of work, and environmental sustainability. The objective of the report is to analyse trends and assess the impact on the world of work of a transition towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. We are adapting the EXIOBASE 3 dataset to carry out the specific analyses needed to estimate the impact of a transition to a green economy.

Contact: Professor Richard Wood

  • Project title: Sustainable prosperity through product durability (LASTING)
  • Funded by: Research Council of Norway
  • Project timeframe: 2020-2023

Durable goods are products “that may be used repeatedly or continuously over a period of more than a year”. LASTING addresses three high impact categories of durables, household appliances, furniture, and clothing and textiles. Research by Diana Ivanova at NTNU found that for the Norwegian household consumption, these products combined constitute 29% of material footprint, 27% of the carbon footprint, 14% of the water footprint and 12% of the land footprint. The consumption of these products has increased significantly. Just in the past 20 years, the import of electric products has increased by 89 %, of furniture by 119 %, and of clothing by 37 %, according to Statistics Norway.

Contact: Associate Professor Johan Berg Pettersen


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he PRINCE project is developing a new framework for monitoring the environmental impacts linked to Swedish consumption – both inside and outside Sweden’s borders – using the latest modelling and statistical techniques.This framework will include indicators for several environmental pressures, plus a baseline monitoring report and case studies, providing a sound basis for policy decisions. PRINCE is funded by the EPA and SwAM.

Contact: Professor Richard Wood

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RemovAL – Removing the waste streams from the primary aluminum production and other metal sectors in Europe

  • Funded by: H2020
  • Project time frame: 2018-2022
  • 26 partners

The RemovAL project will combine, optimize and scale-up developed processing technologies for extracting base and critical metals from such industrial residues and valorising the remaining processing residues in the construction sector.

The ambition of RemovAL is straightforward: to overcome environmental issues and technological barriers related to aluminium industry, by combining and advancing existing technologies for the sustainable processing of BR, SPL and other by-products, generating revenue.

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Contact: Associate Professor Johan Berg Pettersen

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  • Funded by: Esa
  • Project time frame: 2018-2019

The objective of this activity is to review the existing datasets coming from previous, and ongoing, ESA Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) studies and merge these datasets into a single database, which can be provided to the European industry to support the performance of LCAs for space activities and products.

Contact: Associate Professor Johan Berg Pettersen