Research

 

Østfoldforskning is a national research institute with the vision of contributing to knowledge for sustainable development through innovation. We are Norway’s leader in life-cycle assessment (LCA) for analysis of the environmental performance of products and services. We currently have 23 staff including 19 are researchers, 8 of whom hold doctoral degrees as of December 2015.

We develop and deploy theories and methods for understanding and implementing sustainability in society. Much of the research is related to LCA, which is a framework for the environmental analysis of products, systems and services. An LCA will examine all material and energy flows required to deliver a particular function, and analyse how they affect the environment in different ways. LCA can thereby form the basis for product development, green procurement or policy-making, for example in the choice of alternative products or waste management systems. Østfoldforskning strives to develop the most accurate yet broadest methods of analysis, and also looking into how these methods are used in innovation processes.

Østfoldforskning performs applied research and development across the following six theme areas:

  • Energy and waste resources
  • Food and packaging
  • Construction and real estate
  • Furniture and textiles
  • Network-based innovation
  • Tools for environmental documentation

 

Østfoldforskning plays an important national and international role by assisting companies in the development and declaration of more environmentally and resource-efficient products and processes. Examples include packaging, food, biogas and ethanol, electricity and heat production, waste management, buildings and building materials, office chairs and paint products.

Østfoldforskning has undertaken projects locally, nationally and internationally with a wide range of clients. Many projects are procured via effective applications to research programmes in Norway and the EU, in conjunction with accomplished collaborators.

Most of our researchers work across multiple theme areas, meaning we are robust to variations in our project portfolio across the themes. We invariably create project teams of several personnel on specific projects, which reduces our vulnerability and increases our preparedness. We also operate extensively within various networks of other research institutions and business partners; we have a strategic partnership with NMBU / INA (Norwegian University of Life Sciences / Institute for Ecology and Natural Resource Management) in Ås, with a member of our staff assuming a professorial position.

 

About us

Østfoldforskning is a national research institute with the vision of contributing to knowledge for sustainable development through innovation. We are Norway’s leader in life-cycle assessment (LCA) for analysis of the environmental performance of products and services. More information on our research (link).

Østfoldforskning has 23 highly qualified employees, of which 19 are researchers and 8 hold doctoral degree qualifications. A further three staff are currently working to complete doctorates.

 

Østfoldforskning in a regional, national and international context 

Østfoldforskning was established to strengthen research activity in Østfold and is an important player in regional development, along with Østfold University College, IFE (Institute for Energy Technology), NMBU (Norwegian University of Life Sciences), Østfold County Council and employers’ and workers’ organisations (NHO: Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise and LO: Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions). Østfoldforskning is also part of the national system for regionally-based research, known as the FOKUS institutes. Østfoldforskning has undertaken projects locally, nationally and internationally with a wide range of clients. Many projects are procured via effective applications to research programmes in Norway and the EU, in conjunction with accomplished collaborators.

 

Ownership and control of the company

Østfoldforskning is a public limited company owned by Østfold County Council, Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg local councils, the Regional Council for Inner Østfold (Indre Østfold Development Fund), Østfold Energy, COWI, Østfold University College and the employees. The form of ownership implies that profits are returned to the business and the owners do not receive dividends. The business has a seven-strong board of directors elected by the owners.

 

Location

Østfoldforskning’s head office is in the Værste area of Fredrikstad, close to Østfold University College and COWI. We also have an office presence alongside NIBR (The Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research) on the Oslo Science Park (Forskningsparken) at Blindern, Oslo. Directions and map

 

Østfoldforskning: a certified Eco-Lighthouse (Miljøfyrtårn)

As a certified Miljøfyrtårn we fulfil the requirements of the Eco-Lighthouse foundation concerning HSE, waste, energy, transport and pollution. We work continuously to reduce our own environmental impact.