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About NILU

NILU is a Norwegian, non profit and independent climate and environmental research institute founded in 1969.

We started as an institute for air research but have now expanded to research almost all aspects of how people, climate, and the environment affect each other.

Our goal is to attain a better quality of life for everyone! We contribute to this through our research into the composition of the atmosphere, climate change, air quality, environmental toxins, health effects, sustainable systems, circular economy, and digitalization. Together, we enable sustainable solutions for current societal and business challenges.

NILU’s vision

Create sustainable development through internationally leading climate and environmental research.

Fundamental values

Integrity – Competence – Benefit to society


NILU, as a research institute, must be perceived as absolutely independent and credible. This entails that our conclusions cannot be subject to political or economic considerations, and that we cannot allow our recommendations and conclusions to be influenced by short-sighted wishes and demands.


NILU’s strength is – and must remain – our overall competence, which encompasses both solid expertise within our core disciplines, and skilful use of this expertise in collaboration with other research fields and disciplines.

Benefit to society

NILU, as an applied research institute, shall focus mainly on research that can contribute to solving Grand Challenges, through publication, advice, and development of new services and products.

Business idea

NILU is a highly qualified research institute with a leading competence profile within atmospheric composition, climate change, air quality, environmental contaminants, health effects, sustainable systems, circular economy, and digitalisation.

NILU shall, through research, services, innovation and enabling technologies, contribute to sustainable solutions on Grand Challenges.

NILU shall have leading research infrastructure, including/such as laboratories, observatories and open data centres.