FORNY320 Sustainable Management of Resources in a Circular Economy

Credits (ECTS):5

Course responsible:Hanne Lerche Raadal

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Norsk

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:125 hours

Teaching and exam period:This course starts in the autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in autumn parallel.

About this course

The course will give the students an introduction to European and Norwegian Waste politics and regulations, organisation of the waste sector, about volumes and composition of waste resources in Norway, about the methodological and data basis for waste statistics, about different methodologies for waste treatment as well as about quality standards for recycled materials. The course will give an introduction to waste logistics and basic knowledge about methodologies and models to evaluate environmental and resource efficiency and effectiveness of different waste treatment solutions. The course will be based on lecturers with a high share of external guest lectures from experts in the waste sector, possible excursions to relevant waste treatment facilities and assessment (in teams) of relevant articles which will be presented for the rest of the students.

Learning outcome


The students will achieve detailed knowledge about:

  • Methodologies and models for waste logistics and how to evaluate net GHG emissions from different waste management solutions.
  • Waste policies, management of waste resources in a circular economy and sustainable use of waste resources.
  • How recycled materials influence environmental and resource efficiency and effectiveness of new products and which technical standards that must be fulfilled to use recycled materials in different types of products.
  • Waste statistics as a tool to get an overview of waste resources in society.


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

  • Calculate environmental and resource efficiency and effectiveness, as well as cost-benefit analyses of different solutions, and the importance of transport in waste systems.
  • Assess and describe the different actors’ roles in the waste management systems, including the municipalities and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) companies.

General competence.

Students should be able to communicate how the waste sector is organised, the data and basis for waste statistics, various treatment solutions for waste, as well as and quality requirements related to recycled material. The course will provide students with a good background for getting a job in municipalities, waste companies, private waste companies as well as national authorities and consulting companies

  • Lectures, exercises and seminars.
  • Use of Canvas
  • MATH100, FORNY100, FORNY200, or courses with similar content.
  • Written examination (3 hours).

  • An external examiner will judge a random sample of written exams.
  • 30 hours lectures and 30 hours seminars/exercises.
  • 5 credits overlap with FORN350 (previous version).
  • Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse).