Energy, climate and environment
Centre for energy, climate and the environment
Centre for energy, climate and the environment
Centre for energy, climate and the environment was established to coordinate the growing and now quite large research activity focusing on these important social challenges.
Around 25 scholars are studying topics like energy and climate policy, energy efficiency and energy consumption, development of renewable energy, public perceptions of and engagement with climate change and sustainable energy, climate adaption, sustainable cities and transport, and strategies towards sustainability transitions.
We are part of newly established research center; Norwegian Centre for Energy Transition Strategies (NTRANS), which is one of the national social science research centres for environmentally friendly energy (FME). The Centre also participates in several project funded by Horizon 2020.
Centre for energy, climate and the environment is among the largest research communities within its focus areas in Europe. Its scholars come from science and technology studies, sociology, political science, anthropology, organisation studies, and gender studies. The Centre collaborates closely across NTNU through the interdisciplinary strategic research area Energy.
From 2009 -2019, we were involved in the Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies (CenSES).
In addition, we have been involved in the ongoing initiative, NTNU Energy Transition (NET), which is a multidisciplinary hub of researchers and industry members that advise on the transition to future energy systems, and provide strategies that move sustainable solutions to the marketplace.
The Centre for energy, climate and the environment participates in several Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME). The objective of the scheme for Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research is to establish time-limited research centres which conduct concentrated, focused and long-term research of high international calibre in order to solve specific challenges in the field.
Horizon 2020 is EU’s large research and innovation programme. Support from this programme is given very high priority from NTNU leadership as well as Ministry of Education and Research. Presently, we are partner in the following projects:
Centre for energy, climate and the environment presently receives funding from the Research Council of Norway (RCN), and from other sources for the following projects:
DRIVERS: Digitalization of the road sector and its consequences
BIOPATH: Advancing biofuel pathways with regional climate change implications
MEATigation: towards sustainable meat-use in Norwegian food practices for climate mitigation
EpiJustInf: Risk in the information soceity: towards epistemic justice
CliCNord: Climate Change Resilience in Small Communities in the Nordic Countries
GreenBlack: At the Crossroad between Green and Black: The role of Oil & Gas in Norwegian Sustainability Transition Research & Innovation
CaptureX: Socio-technical drivers, opportunities and challenges for large-scale CCU
ACES: Accelerating Energy- and Sustainability Transitions in Ports: from national visions to co-constructed transition
NORHED: Capacity building for socially just and sustainable energy transitions
Climate change leads to challenges at many levels and sectors of society. A particularly important sector is the building sector, and Norway's 2.4 million homes. Building and heating of houses accounts for approx. 40% of all land energy consumption in Norway, and there is great potential for energy efficiency of new and older buildings. With an increasingly wilder and wetter climate, homes are also heavily affected by wear and tear. This is also an arena where good craftsmanship is needed.
The Crafting Climate project focused on craftsmen who play an important role in the transition to a more climate-friendly construction practice. The project investigated the craftsman's practices, tools, roles and communities of practice.
Project leaders/participants: Håkon Fyhn; Roger A. Søraa; Jøran Solli.
Funding: The Norwegian Research Council program KLIMAFORSK
Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies
CenSES aimed to conduct research that contributes to a better factual basis for public and private decision-makers at the interface between climate, energy and industrial policy. The project studied success factors for innovation in the current technological FMEs. The research was conducted by researchers within various disciplines, with different theoretical and methodological approaches, that gave a more holistic picture on success criteria for implementation of new technologies. Our research on innovation and value creation focussed on how to build new industry based on renewable technologies.
CenSES created a multidisciplinary scientific community, integrating the societal challenges and possibilities for energy systems and policymaking. The centre produced 328 scientific articles and educated more than 200 master students, 44 PhD students and 19 post docs. CenSES strengthened the knowledge base for the formulation of policies for energy transitions at national, regional and local levels. The centre developed analysed how markets, policy measures, and regulatory policies impact the energy system and greenhouse gas emissions. CenSES new scenario methodology has been used in a number of European projects, including the development of the next generation modelling support for the European energy transition. The main impact may be an increased ability to meet our obligations in climate emission reductions and the value creation from Norwegian energy resources, as well as both a higher innovation rate from technology research and faster implementation.
Funding: The Research Council of Norway
Bringing Environmental Knowledge into Action in Norwegian Local Governments
More than half of the world’s population is now living in cities, and this share is expected to increase in the years to come. This may cause environmental challenges, particularly with respect to increasing greenhouse gas emissions and local pollution. In order to handle these challenges, developing and sharing relevant knowledge between cities is of great importance.
The BREV project has explored knowledge development and learning within sustainable urban development in Norway. We have addressed the ways in which city actors (planners, politicians and administrative employees in national, regional and local governments involved in sustainable urban development) in Norway create, learn and share relevant knowledge to make Norwegian cities more sustainable. Central questions have been as follows: What visions and expectations guide the city actors’ work? How do they develop knowledge and how do they learn from each other? How do they decide upon urban public transport systems, and what are the consequences of these choices?
A main finding from the project is the importance of having centrally organized urban programs in order to create and sustain horizontal learning networks between cities. This may contribute to knowledge exchange and learning among actors aiming to improve the sustainability of cities.
Project leader: Vivian Anette Lagesen l
Project members: Lina Ingeborgrud; Lucia Liste
Funding: The Norwegian Research Council program Miljø2015/Miljøforsk
Social Sciences and Humanities for Advancing Policy in European Energy
SHAPE ENERGY is the €2m European platform for energy-related social sciences and humanities (energy-SSH). Social sciences and humanities research has played less of a role to date in shaping European energy policy than Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. SHAPE ENERGY aims to develop Europe’s expertise in using and applying energy-SSH. Our innovative Platform bring together those who ‘demand’ energy research – including businesses, policymakers, and NGOs, who can use it to develop practical initiatives – with those who ‘supply’ that research.
External link for SHAPE-ENERGY
Zero Emission Buildings
The vision of The Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings, ZEB, is to eliminate the greenhouse gas emissions caused by buildings. This national research centre will place Norway in the forefront with respect to research, innovation and implementation within the field of energy efficient zero-emission buildings.
The main objective of ZEB is to develop competitive products and solutions for existing and new buildings that will lead to market penetration of buildings that have zero emissions of greenhouse gases related to their production, operation and demolition. The Centre encompasses both residential and commercial buildings, as well as public buildings.
External link for ZEB
Markets, actors, technologies. A comparative study of smartgrid solutions
Improving energy efficiency and replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy are among the most important measures on the road to a sustainable energy system. This implies new ways of generating and consuming energy as well as new forms of relations between the energy producers and consumers. The MATCH project contributes to the shift to a carbon-neutral energy system by zooming in on the changing roles of small consumers in the future electricity system (the “smart grids”).
Integrated electric vehicles and batteries to empower distributed and centralised storage in distribution grids
Renewable energies and electric vehicles (EVs) change the way we consume and produce electricity. It also changes the way those who manage and distribute it must think about the electricity system – to always provide the best possible service for the connected costumers. But these things are difficult, and often take a long time.The goal of the EU funded Horizon 2020 project INVADE is to greatly speed up this process, by showing that the technologies and solutions we have today, only must be connected in new ways to solve the challenges of tomorrow.
Energy choices supporting the energy Union and the SET plan
ECHOES is an EU-funded research project that will provide a deeper understanding of individual and collective energy-related choices and behaviour to ensure that the Energy Union comes to life in the most efficient and effective way.
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