Course code FORN220

FORN220 Life Cycle Assessment - Environmental Impacts of Energy and Waste Systems

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Course responsible: Hanne Lerche Raadal
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2011-2012
Last time: 2022V
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course gives a thorough introduction in methods for analysing environmental and resource impacts of energy systems and products: Environmental systems analyses, life cycle assessments (LCA) and external costs. Primary focus will be on energy and waste systems and technologies used in the energy and waste sector. Objectives, applicability, assumptions, strengths and weaknesses of the models will be discussed. The course includes how estimate emissions from energy processes, industrial processes, transport, waste treatment, etc.. as well as resource effectiveness and impacts on ecosystem services. The course will focus on emissions related to global warming, eutrophication and acidification, health and eco-toxicity impacts. Through the methods, students will be able to understand the relationship between processes, materials, products and technology, and current environmental and resource challenges. Applications of LCA in companies environmental strategy work, communication and marketing, with special emphasize on energy systems will be discussed.
Learning outcome:


The students have will:

  • be able to assess environmental and resource profiles of products and energy and waste systems (LCA) on an overall level
  • have knowledge about environmental burdens related to waste and energy systems.
  • have knowledge about management of energy resources and waste.


Through the lectures, practical training sessions and project assignment, the students will be able to:

  • define functional unit and related reference flow as a basis for an LCA of a system
  • perform a simple LCA with necessary data collection
  • demonstrate the basic methodological knowledge through the project assignment.

General competence:

IThe course will give the students insight in how LCA can be used in strategic decisions, marketing and product development and also how waste can be a resource for renewable energy.

Learning activities:
Lectures, exercises and excursion (cancelled in 2021 due to covid-19). The students will prepare a project assigment based on a given subject.
Teaching support:
Use of Canvas
Given at the start of the course.
Knowledge comparable to MATH100, FORN100, FORN200
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Project assignment in teams and excursion (cancelled 2021 due to covid-19)
Project assignment counts 50%, written exam (3 hours) counts 50%. All of the evaluated elements in the course must be passed to pass the course.
Nominal workload:
ca. 300 hours lectures, project assignments, self study
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
60 hours lectures and 30 hours project assignment
An external examiner will judge a random sample of the project assignments and written exams.
Allowed examination aids: B1 Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: Combined assessment: Letter grades