National centre for documentation of environmental and resource data
NorEnviro infrastructure project
The NorEnviro infrastructure project is the result of Østfoldforskning working together with 8 other scientific communities on research on life cycle assessment (LCA) to seek funding from the Research Council of Norway for the establishment of a national research infrastructure for environmental and resource data. This type of data is essential for research, development, documentation and the design of products and systems adapted to the forthcoming sustainable and circular economy. The application was sent on 10 October 2018 and the result is expected during the summer of 2019.
The primary project partners in addition to Østfoldforskning:
- The Norwegian University of Life Sciences, with 3 Faculties (MINA, BIOVIT and REALTEK Faculties)
- The Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU)
- The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO)
- The Norwegian Institute of Wood Technology
- The Institute for Energy Technology (IFE)
- The Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU)
- Asplan Viak.
Fundamentals of the data infrastructure
The NorEnviro infrastructure project will develop a structure that will be similar to a national library in its function. The research institutes working with LCA will systematise and make available environmental and resource documentation on a common data platform. Each dataset will describe the content of the analysis, its rationale, the recipient and the methodological choices made. The source and the age of the data will also be identified, as well as information as regards whether or not the data are open-source. NorEnviro will function similarly to the BIBSYS-system which provides detailed documentation on books in Norway. It includes the physical location of the books and their borrowing status, as well as a booking system.
NorEnviro will also be a platform that users and customers can consult to gain access to documentation and expertise. The platform aims to systemise the current jungle of national and international environmental and resource documentation. As with a shopping centre, NorEnviro will not be responsible for the data available on the platform or their quality; this will be the responsibility of the research institutes. NorEnviro will however initiate a standardisation of quality for the available data through the application of common quality assurance systems; systems for describing metadata; well-functioning working processes for producing high quality datasets; a common methodological basis, and expertise in research data management.
The figure above shows the planned structure for data management and dissemination in NorEnviro. Data are managed by the research institutes, are generated through research projects, and are shared with national and international external users.
Structures of the working packages and organization of activities
|Working package||Partner in charge||Participant|
|I. Develop technical solutions for storing and sharing of LCA and LCIA data||Evert Bouman, NILU||IFE, Østfoldforskning, SINTEF, NIFU, NMBU, NIBIO, PRé, ecoinvent|
|II. Develop working processes, systems for quality assessment, systems for meta-data, describe the models and the methodological basis.||Selamawit Mamo Fufa, SINTEF||SINTEF, Østfoldforskning, Treteknisk, NIBIO, NMBU, NIFU, IFE, PRé, ecoinvent|
|III. Data supply: Make existing LCA and LCIA data available through NorEnviro||Hanne Lerche Raadal, Østfoldforskning||Østfoldforskning, SINTEF, NIBIO, Treteknisk, NILU and Asplan Viak|
|IV. Make available raw data and statistics in LCA and LCIA format and develop national average data||Anders Qvale Nyrud, NMBU MINA||Østfoldforskning, NILU, NIBIO, NIVA, NIFU,|
|V. Project management, promulgation and internal coordination||Ole Jørgen Hanssen, Østfoldforskning og NMBU MINA||All main partners|
Requirement for data management plans
Both the Research Council of Norway and the EU now demand plans regarding the way in which research data generated through projects funded by the Research Council of Norway and by Horizon 2020 will be managed during and after the project implementation. The NorEnviro infrastructure will ensure the fulfilment of these requirements through the systems being developed and established. The EU has developed its own format for metadata which should follow the generated datasets. These will also form the basis for the NorEnviro infrastructure.
The NorEnviro infrastructure is present in Nordic, European and global networks for the management and dissemination of environmental and resource data. Collaboration with leading Swedish, Danish and Finish research communities in the field, has created an awareness of the research being carried out in the Nordic countries. A network in the EU is already established, linked to the Joint Research Centre in Milan. This is responsible for the management of this type of data within EU research projects (The Life Cycle Data Network – LCDN). NorEnviro is also present in the global network for dissemination of LCA data, established by the UNEP (The global LCA Data Access network – GLAD). Within this platform, several countries including Brazil, France, Italy and Austria are working on the establishment of national data structures for the dissemination of LCA data using the same model as NorEnviro.
Technical solution in collaboration with PRé
The infrastructure project has initiated a close collaboration with PRé consultants in the Netherlands, who are one of the world’s leading suppliers of modelling and analysis tools for LCA (SimaPro). PRé has developed a solution for the management and the dissemination of LCA data and this will be supplied to NorEnviro. It will form a basis for further improvements and adjustments for NorEnviro’s claims concerning usage and functionality.
Partners in the infrastructure project
14 business associations, 5 governmental authorities, 8 research and development communities and 4 international research communities have joined NorEnviro. Important industrial sectors are supporting the project, including sectors such as building and construction, waste and packaging . Municipal businesses, forest owners’ associations and the agriculture organisation are also giving the undertaking their approval. In addition, Tekna, Grønt Punkt Norge and EPD Norway are involved, together with Innovasjon Norge, DIFI, Enova, Direktoratet for byggkvalitet and Vegdirektoratet/Statens vegvesen representing the public authorities.
- Byggenæringens Landsforening
- Norsk Industri
- Energi Norge
- Avfall Norge
- Norges Skogeierforbund
- Norges Bondelag
- Norsk Bioenergiforening
- Grønt Punkt Norge
- KS Bedrift
- EPD Norge
- GCE NODE (oljeindustrien)
- Innovasjon Norge
- Direktoratet for byggkvalitet
- Statens vegvesen
- NTNU Miljøpsykologi
- RISE PFI
- Høgskolen i Østfold
- LCA.no AS
International Research communities
- RISE and IVL from Sweden
- LUKE from Finland
- DTU Management Engineering Denmark
Research and Development users:
NorEnviro is primarily a research infrastructure which will deliver data and results to be used in research and development/innovation. R&D communities that do not themselves perform LCAs but who collaborate with other R&D communities on the use of such tools in projects are an important user group for the infrastructure. Partners in the R&D communities include Nofima, CICERO, RISE PFI, NTNU Miljøpsykologi, Høgskolen i Østfold, COWI, Rambøll and LCA.no AS.
What will the project deliver?
The infrastructure project has three predominant aims:
- To develop data solutions for the management and the dissemination of LCA data within Norwegian research communities, which will in turn be made available for national and international users through effective search systems.
- To systematise and facilitate existing LCA data from projects completed since 2010, so that these are made available through the NorEnviro infrastructure. Data can be made available through open access systems, through project collaboration or through purchase.
- To make available statistics and data which are not currently in an LCA format but which can be transferred to NorEnviro in a format for use in LCA studies. A national database will be developed for typical Norwegian production conditions within a selection of areas (transport, building and construction, energy, waste management, forestry, agriculture and food production).
Visiting address: Østfoldforskning, Stadion 4, 1671 Kråkerøy
Centre manager: Professor Ole Jørgen Hanssen, Østfoldforskning og NMBU MINA
Mobile: +47 90727977
NorEnviro management group:
Research Director Hanne Lerche Raadal, Østfoldforskning (Director)
Dean Sjur Baardsen, NMBU MINA
Fredrikstad municipality: Siri Martinsen (member of the board of the municipality of Fredrikstad and is in charge of the board of Borg Havn)
Østfold county municipality: Andreas Lervik, leader of the industry Committee in Østfold.