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Energy, climate and the environment

The aim of our research is to shed light on and understand societal challenges within energy, climate and the environment – and develop knowledge that can help solve these.

One of USN's strategic research areas
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The green transition is all about how Norway shall become a low-emission country by 2050. Greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced, biodiversity must be preserved and strengthened, and environmental problems related to soil, water and air must be solved.

In order to achieve a successful transition that is within nature's critical levels, society is in need of new perspectives, new insights and knowledge. Our research targets such contributions. The target group comprises all decision-makers who make conscious choices in everyday life, whether they are politicians, business leaders, public agencies or the general public.

We aim to highlight, understand and help solve societal challenges within sustainable energy systems, circular economy, sustainable consumption and production, climate and environmental effects on ecosystems, and sustainability in teaching and learning.


– We want to create new and innovative solutions for the energy transition, climate change and environmental challenges. This is our common mission for a sustainable future

Thomas Øyvang, academic leader


Thomas Øyvang
Thomas is an Associate Professor in electric power engineering and the leader of the strategic research area for energy, climate and the environment. Among other things, he is conducting research into hydropower with smart generators that may be instrumental in achieving a modern and digital power system.
Marit Gundersen Engeset
Marit is a Professor of marketing and deputy leader of the strategic research area for energy, climate and the environment. Among other things, her research focuses on customer experiences and how to encourage consumers to choose sustainable solutions.

Examples of projects

The academic and thematic content of the research area will be under development moving forward. Below is a presentation of several projects that are relevant to the strategic research area.