Research Council activities relating to the environment

Major environmental challenges facing society include climate change, hazardous substances and loss of biodiversity. The Research Council facilitates the development of knowledge and technology for restructuring towards sustainability, climate change adaptation, environment-friendly energy and long-term preservation of well-functioning ecosystems.

was allocated for this thematic area in 2018

2 500million NOK

The Project Databank provides statistics and information about the projects funded by the Research Council within this thematic area.

Key programmes for this thematic area

Activities under the Research Council’s programmes extend across multiple thematic areas. The programmes listed here are the largest contributors of funding for this thematic area.

The ENERGIX programme seeks to facilitate the transition to a low-emission society and promote a competitive Norwegian business sector. 

  • achieve sustainable utilisation and efficient consumption of Norway’s renewable energy resources 
  • reduce Norwegian and global emissions of greenhouse gases 
  • enhance Norway’s security of supply 
  • strengthen innovation in Norwegian trade and industry and the public sector 
  • further develop Norwegian research and educational institutions 

Infrastructure that facilitates high-quality research. 

  • electronic infrastructure (e-infrastructure) 
  • scientific databases  
  • scientific collections 
  • scientific equipment 
  • large-scale research facilities, laboratories 
  • renewable energy 
  • raising energy efficiency 
  • carbon capture and storage 
  • social sciences 
  • natural and anthropogenic climate change 
  • impacts of climate change on nature and society 
  • transition to a low-emission society and adaptation to climate change 
  • scientific quality at the forefront of international research 
  • boldness in scientific thinking and innovation 
  • careers for young research talents  
  • high potential for value creation for companies and society
  • companies willing and motivated to conduct research-based innovation activities
  • companies with an international perspective
  • companies that dare to take risks
  • early full-scale CCS value chain in Europe;
  • large-scale storage of CO2 on the Norwegian continental shelf in the North Sea;
  • future solutions for CCS. 
  • marine ecosystems 
  • pollution and other effects on ecosystems 
  • sustainable harvesting and value creation  
  • management and societal perspectives 
  • resources, effects and environmental goods 
  • changes and utilisation 
  • solutions for societal transition