Bioøkonomi

Forum for circular economy in the waste water industry

The forum seeks to raise awareness of the importance of the circular economy concept in Norwegian wastewater management. This can be done by effective communication and a dissemination strategy that can attract the interest of the target groups.

Bioøkonomi
01. Jan 2021 - 01. Jan 2030
Background

Norway to establish a "Forum for circular economy in the Norwegian wastewater industry" in 2019. The forum is open to industry, Norwegian municipalities, and others who work with sewage and sludge management and will facilitate communication and competence development. This will be done through seminars and information sharing. This website shows the status of key players in Norway and internationally, and points to some different paths forward for increased circular economy in the wastewater industry.

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has more than 30 years of experience in the field of circular economy and how to reclaim and recycle resources from the domestic to the agricultural domain. This has materialized in the EU-project “Sino-European innovative green and smart cities - SiEUGreen” where NMBU will further refine and demonstrate circular economy in practice as support for urban and peri-urban agriculture.

Today many wastewater companies in Norway, including HIAS (Hamar interkommunale avløpsselskap), VEAS (Vestfjorden avløpsselskap, Oslo), and NRA (Nedre Romerike avløpsselskap), are looking for new technologies to upgrade or rebuild their systems to be able to recycle more of their resources in a safe way. SiEUGreen is demonstrating a decentralized system that will complement the existing large-scale systems at current centralized treatment plants. The competence gathered at NMBU and NIBIO and practiced through SiEUGreen is valuable for both centralized and decentralized systems. By creating a network for “Circular economy solutions in Norwegian wastewater management” we believe that we can accelerate the shift of Norwegian waste management towards circular economy. The forum will be open to all Norwegian municipalities and their waste and wastewater treatment organizations and facilitate communication and building of competence. This will happen through seminars, sharing of information on the web and by providing seed money for investigation of key issues raised by the practitioners.

Objectives

Primary:

Create a forum for sharing of information, research and awareness regarding circular economy in Norwegian wastewater management

Secondary:

  • Inspire planners and owners of wastewater treatment plants and companies to use new ideas and opportunities provided through Circular economy
  • Provide research facilities and competence for the Norwegian wastewater treatment community
  • Provide a basis for new regulations regarding organically derived fertilizer products
Organizations
International 
Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA)www.susana.org
International Ecological Engineering Societyhttps://iees.ch/
International Water Association (IWA) Specialist group Resources Oriented Sanitationhttps://iwa-connect.org/group/resources-oriented-sanitation?view=public
Norwegian 
Norsk Vann – Bærekraftig vannbransjehttps://norskvann.no/avlopsrensing-og-miljo/
Norsk vannforeninghttps://vannforeningen.no/
Events
TimeSeminar title
Partner
More info
March 2022:Eksempler på sirkulære avløpssystemer i Europa og Norgewww.tekna.no/kurs/sirkulare-losninger-i-offentlige-va-planer-42807/
Aug 25 2021Status for sirkulær økonomi i avløpsbransjen
Norsk vannforening
Mer informasjon om seminarets innhold
Nov 13 2019Ressurser i avløp
Norsk vannforening
Se opptak av seminaret på Youtube

Treatment plants

Below are examples of large treatment plants and wastewater companies that have put circular economy high on the agenda. You can read more about the status and plans by searching the website (NO).

Store renseanlegg (Eksempler)Lenker
HIAS har utviklet en metode for å felle fosfor i plantetilgjengelig form som struvit og organiske gjødselpellets
www.hias.no/prosjekter/prosjekter-i-hias/gjodselfabrikken/hias-bygger-om-renseanlegget/
IVAR lager mineralorganiske gjødselpelletswww.ivar.no/minorga/
VEAS arbeider med løsninger for å kunne resirkulere mer nitrogen og fosforwww.veas.nu/om/visjon-og-strategi
Den Magiske Fabrikken omgjør matavfall, slam og husdyrgjødsek til biogass og tomaterhttps://nowaste.no/prosjekter/gronn-karbonfangst/https://lindum.no/avdelinger/den-magiske-fabrikken/
BVAS lager biogass av slammet og leverer fjernvarme og slam til landbruket 
FREVAR produserer biogass av slam og matavfallhttps://frevar.no/biogassanlegg/https://www.klimapartnereviken.no/nytt-renseanlegg-i-milliardklasse/
Nye Alvim renseanlegg planlegges for utnyttelse av ressurser i avløpethttps://www.sarpsborg.com/byggesak-og-teknisk/vann-og-avlop2/nye-alvim-renseanlegg/
VASYD i Malmø har kretsløpsplan med klare målwww.vasyd.se/Artiklar/Avfallstrappan-och-cirkulering

Projects/Other:

Macro - Food in circular robust systems (SWE): https://www.macrosystem.se/

Researchers
Sjur Baardsen
Sjur Baardsen
Professor
Project manager
Arve Heistad
Arve Heistad
Professor
Participating researcher
Trine Hvoslef-Eide
Trine Hvoslef-Eide
Professor
Participating researcher
Petter Jenssen
Petter Jenssen
Professor emeritus
Participating researcher
Melesse Eshetu Mogens
Melesse Eshetu Mogens
Postdoctoral fellow
Participating researcher
Manoj Kumar Pandey
Manoj Kumar Pandey
Senior adviser
Participating member
Daniel Todt
Daniel Todt
Senior engineer
Participating researcher
Jihong Liu Clarke
Jihong Liu Clarke
PhD, NIBIO
Participating researcher
Bente Føreid
Bente Føreid
Research scientist, NIBIO
Participating researcher