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NEW WHITE PAPER: Beyond Buildings – Buildings as a key element for sustainable cities

November 2, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Circular economy, Climate adaptation, Green buildings, New York, Urban planning

It is estimated that by 2050 two thirds of the worlds’ population will live in cities. Knowing that urbanization continues to accelerate globally, it is time to make effort in accommodating the demand for cities and buildings that can enable better health and well-being for citizens.

Buildings must simply be re-innovated in terms of design and how we use them. Knowing that buildings account for up to 40% of global waste and 39% of energy-related CO2 pollution, it is necessary to innovate and be creative in how we can combat climate change through buildings.

To combat this rise in demand, it is time for holistic, cross-sectoral partnerships and new technologies to create buildings that enable global population to thrive socially, and physically.
In Denmark, the government has been retrofitting buildings for years in efforts to make them more sustainable, resilient and healthier for citizens. This has made Denmark a frontrunner in the building industry, leading Danish companies toward immense opportunities in exporting sustainable solutions.

The international launch event

On October 30th Danish Cleantech Hub, State of Green and Creative Denmark launched the Beyond Buildings white paper internationally. As part of the launch event, Danish and American experts discussed how we can create future sustainable cities for citizens.

Speakers included Simon Kollerup, Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Janet Joseph, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Market Development, NYSERDA, Kim Rahbek, Chairman Business Lolland-Falster, Karen Roiy, Director of Global Industry Affairs at Danfoss, Neel Strøbæk, Senior Group Director at Rambøll and many more.

Watch the international launch event on-demand HERE.

Beyond Buildings – Buildings as a key element for sustainable cities

In the new white paper, the idea of buildings being just buildings is being crushed. Instead, the white paper puts focus on the idea of making the citizens as the center of sustainable cities. Here, holistic solutions and cross-sectoral partnerships within industries is being presented through a variety of inspiring cases, in both Danish and International context.

“Without the help of businesses, we will not meet our green ambitions. Therefore, we must help
businesses around the world to contribute to the green transition by sharing our common knowledge and experiences. This white paper highlights leading enterprises and solutions that use creativity as a crucial catalyst to support the development of sustainable and innovative practices and solutions in and around the built environment.” –
Simon Kollerup, Danish Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs.

Download the new white paper Beyond Buildings HERE.

If you have any questions related to the Beyond Buildings white paper or Danish Cleantech Hub, please feel free to reach out to Mille Munksgaard, Advisor, at mimu@di.dk.

Open Call Announcement: Build Back Circular

October 9, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Circular economy, Green buildings, New York


This week, Danish Cleantech Hub and BLOXHUB have made an open call announcement. Together, they have developed the challenge “Build Back Circular” which aims at connecting American companies or organizations, that have a challenge within the built industry, to be matched up with Nordic companies that have expertise and know-how within circular construction.

By conjoining American companies with Nordic, it will create a Transatlantic platform that connects the Nordic circular solutions with the visions of New York.

Lotte Breengaard, Program Director at BLOXHUB says:
“With this program, we are able to put action behind our intentions and offer a very specific opportunity to match Nordic ideas, brainpower and know-how with a visionary New York player”.


To read more on the challenge, click HERE or visit BLOXHUB’s website for the announcement HERE.

For further questions or information, please feel free to reach out to Tone Søndergaard, Director, Danish Cleantech Hub New York, at tone@di.dk.

Metal powder for 3D printing will help heavy industry recycle metal parts

October 2, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Circular economy, Germany, New York

With Support from Innovation Fund Denmark

Grand Solutions is the program by Innovation Fund Denmark which has supported Nordisk Staal in creating their new powder solution. This solution has been developed in close collaboration with The Technical University of Denmark (DTU), LEGO and other large international industrial giants as associated partners. The goal has been to develop a new and stronger metal powder for Additive Manufacturing – a manufacturing technology where items are built up layer upon layer, such as 3D printing. Nordisk Staal has previously manufactured steel parts via a spray-forming technique. The new product is produced from excess metal powder formed during this production technique and thus also taps in to notions of circular economy and reuse of waste materials.

Read the full press release here (in Danish).

Internationalizing New Innovations

Danish Cleantech Hub in Münich and New York are now working together with The Nordisk Staal Group to explore international opportunities for their new steel powder solution. The new high quality powder is likely to be very useful for international industrial sectors with 3D prints tools and machine parts. This collaboration has been made possible by the Access Cities project.


To learn more please feel free to reach out to:

Tone Søndergaard, Director of Danish Cleantech Hub in New York tone@di.dk

Robert Perz, Director of Danish Cleantech Hub in Münich ropp@di.dk


Job Opening: Project Manager

August 11, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Circular economy, Climate adaptation, New York

We are no longer accepting applications.

Are you passionate about bringing people together, international collaboration and fostering a green and circular economy? Do you have what it takes to engage and accelerate knowledge sharing and helping international sustainable businesses expand their business in the US? Then this is an opportunity to make a difference and accelerate your career as a sustainability professional.

Danish Cleantech Hub is a public-private non-profit initiative, founded by the Confederation of Danish Industry and State of Green. We develop projects and initiatives that in new ways facilities knowledge sharing and bring companies and green solutions to the US. Our biggest project is Circular City Week New York. We also work directly with Danish businesses providing them with analysis services related to market entry/expansion and creating events to raise awareness around solutions and technologies.

In New York, we are a smaller, but growing team, supported by our large headquarter in Denmark. We are part of the New York University’s cleantech incubator space, Urban Future Lab, located in Downtown Brooklyn.

Your key tasks will include

  • Being a key driving force to make the third Circular City Week New York an even bigger success and grow our network of partners, hosts and sponsors.
  • Organizing events/conferences/webinars and take lead on communicating and assisting our 60+ host organization that take part of Circular City Week.
  • You will be responsible for developing and managing corporate partnerships, including strategic planning and execution of cleantech related activities and visits in New York.
  • You will be supporting the implementation of ongoing projects related to circular, green building and urban planning, involving both public, private and academic stakeholders.

We expect from you

  • You like to share your excitement about the green clean future and experience from the world of sustainability either from working in an NGO, public agency or private company will be a plus.
  • You are comfortable speaking to partners and peers, and you have a good sense for coalition building and partnership development. Previous involvement in multi-partner projects and settings will be an advantage.
  • You have strong organizational skills, can keep track of many processes at one time and have previously worked with planning events and conferences.
  • You have flair for strategic business development and likely experience with corporate consulting.
  • You have strong communications skills and insights into the world of newsletter, websites, and SoMe.
  • It comes naturally to you to take responsibility and manage projects independently. In addition, we expect you to be helpful and passionate about sharing your knowledge with interns.

By joining Danish Cleantech Hub you will become be part of a dynamic, young, and driven team. We have brought the Danish way of working to the US, so hierarchies are flat, and work-life balance a priority. Candidates must be a US citizen or hold a valid US work permit and should ready to start working by 1 October 2020 or potentially earlier. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis. This position is a temporary 7-8 months local employee contract, but subject to potential extension.


Please sent your application to tone@di.dk in one pdf file, which should include a cover letter, your CV, and any other diplomas/letters/references relevant for this position. You can contact Tone Søndergaard, Director of Danish Cleantech Hub, by phone: +1 (646) 997 4019 or e-mail at tone@di.dk if you have questions about the position.


Tone Søndergaard




Green Circular Transition Program

May 7, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Circular economy, Climate adaptation, New York

What is it all about?

The Green Circular Transition program aims a providing business from across industries with building competitive advantages based on increased resources efficiency and circular economy approaches. The program is in place from 2019-2022 and is implemented by a group of 17 organizations and with the expertise of 60+ circular consultants.

Denmark has a longstanding tradition for developing green and sustainable solutions. The next generation of competitive advantages is likely to be generated through a transition to a circular economy and resource efficiency. The aim of this program is to enable Danish SMEs to be at the forefront of this development and customer’s needs, who in the future will demand circular products and services.

The program aids companies to implement circular business such as:

  • Product life extension
  • Design for disassembly and recycling
  • Product as a service
  • None-virgin material use
  • Resource efficiency and circular supplies

The program will especially work to transition more companies within industries that are challenging but where circularity has a large potential.

  • Plastic production and use
  • Food and beverage industries
  • Manufacturing processes and components
  • Construction and buildings
  • Design, textiles and furniture
  • Service driven sectors

Program activities:

The Green Circular Transition program also includes a strong focus on innovation. For this reason, the program includes a track designed to enable Danish SMEs to tap into international best practices. Workshops with global frontrunners and international fact-finding tours will be key to achieve this goal. The role of digitalization as a driver for circular innovation will likewise be a focus area.

Participating companies get access to fully funded and specialized:

  • Individualized consulting
  • Collaborative challenge driven projects
  • Intensive transition sprints
  • Digitalization and international innovation tracks

Learn more:

Please visit the program website (only in Danish) to learn much more about how to participate in the program.

Contact Tone Søndergaard at tone@di.dk to learn more about sharing you can be part of this international knowledge exchange and innovation track.

Seeking urban challenge owners: Business Match

April 21, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Circular economy, New York, Smart city, Urban planning

Looking for New Partners to Solve a Challenge?

Do you have a challenge you would liked solved by an international crossdisciplinary team of Nordic frontrunners? And co-create a solution with fellow passionadas from different fields of knowledge? Now is your chance! In a new free to program, international challenge owner can pitch a problem, and if selected, get a team of innovation solution providers to come up with new ideas. Challenge owners can be a city agency, a private developer, a solution provider or anything in between. This fall 2020 BLOXHUB is especially looking for challenges with a circular potential.

Bridging Urban Challenges of Today with Solutions of Tomorrow

BLOXHUB in Copenhagen matches the right people to help develop solutions, networks and new partnerships – to create better cities. The Business Match workshop program establishes partnerships with a potential of generating business nationally and internally, co-create concrete solutions or services on urban challenges and lift the participants innovation capacity into new cross-disciplinary business partnerships and opportunities nationally and internationally.

Contact Tone Søndergaard at tone@di.dk to learn more about Business Match

Circular City Week 2020: Ready for a Circular City Season?

March 26, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Circular economy, New York

This year, the Circular City Week event calendar was again filled with exciting discussions, interactive workshops, engaging debates, impactful announcements and many more promising activities. In total over 4000 attendees registered for 58 events and with 90+ contributing organizations and 100+ speakers, the Circular City Week has almost doubled in size since the festival was held for the first time in 2019.

Due to the progressive development of COVID-19, Circular City Week undertook a range of changes and out of an abundance of caution, many events were cancelled, postponed or transitioned into virtual meetings. As a result, Circular City Week continues to be a platform for advancing circularity throughout spring 2020 – simply a Circular City Season.

Read the full article

Circular City Week New York 2020

December 12, 2019 / Posted by Rune GadeRune Gade / Circular economy, New York

The Week You Do Not Want To Miss

The circular economy is growing stronger, with companies working to rethink waste and pollution. More knowledge-institutions are looking into models of production and consumption, and more consumers are asking for more durable products.

In 2019, 64 different organizations and companies was involved, all with the aim to share knowledge and best practices. This year will be no different, and we are happy to say that next year’s Circular City Week will generate even more attention to the world of circular economy, and that even more organizations will be taking part.

ING Financial Services and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, both Pioneer Partners in the coming Circular City Week, will present their recommendations and next action steps on their circular economy journey. Tim Wilkins, Global Partner for Client Sustainability at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer says the following about their situation:

“Freshfields appreciates that advancing the Circular Economy is essential to meeting the sustainability goals of our clients – whether they are in consumer products, technology or finance. The challenges can sometimes seem daunting but New York Circular City Week offers a rare opportunity for the leading actors in the field to come together to not only hear about the latest innovations but also to discover novel ways to collaborate. As such, our clients are empowered to achieve their successes at an even greater scale”.

Freshfields has convened leaders from city agencies, businesses, financial institutions, universities and think-tanks to identify key levers of change to aid New York City transition to a circular economy.

Our 2020 Focus

Circular City Week 2020 will take place from 16-22 March in New York. In addition to the events from last year, the coming week will also include activities that are more focused on facilitating corporate matchmaking, emphasizing the importance of knowledge sharing and collaborations across sectors and industries.

From our dialogue with partners and organizations the topics this year will be diverse, covering and appealing to industries such as i.e. the construction and building sector, the cold-chain and food waste industry, as well as the textiles and clothing industry. Companies and organizations are looking very much forward to sharing best practices within the individual sectors and industries.

Over the last few months I have been in contact with more than 30 potential event hosts and we could not be more excited for the 2020 festival. Topics are truly going to be diverse, but I especially see a lot of interest from partners in hosting activities related to circular economy and the build environment, food waste and textiles.” – Tone Søndergaard, Strategy & Project Director, Danish Cleantech Hub.

Circular City Week 2020 warmly welcomes you and your organization to attend! Also, if you happen to have an interest in taking part as event-host, speaker, volunteer or as a regular partner, please do reach out to us. We are always open for contribution, more input and more knowledge on the circular economy.

Want to Learn More

Follow this link to read more about Circular City Week 2020

Follow this link if interested in engaging in Circular City Week 2020

If you want to get in touch with us to please write to tone@di.dk for more information.


Danish Cleantech Hub in Close Cooperation with Local Partners Advancing the Circular Economy Movement in New York

September 27, 2018 / Posted by adminadmin / Circular economy, New York

Today, four out of five products in the United States are only used once before being dumped, and in New York only 17 per cent of waste is reused. There is, however, significant potential for boosting these numbers comparing them to the world’s leading country in recycling, Germany, where 65 per cent of waste is recycled. Looking deeper into waste issues such as plastics, where circular economy creates new opportunities for waste management, Europe currently recycles 30 per cent of its plastics compared to 9 per cent in the United States. These dauting facts have contributed to making New Yorkers increasingly curious about the new term ‘Circular Economy’.

Business as usual cannot continue – which is why New York-based Danish Cleantech Hub has taken the initiative to create the first ever ‘Circular City Week New York’. A festival of dispersed events, which will share the best circular practices across a range of sectors. The festival will take place for the first time in March 2019.

The backdrop of circular economy is the resources scarcity of the world. Everything is of value – also waste. Reuse, recycling, and recirculation have become new types of business models. Cities, corporations, and citizens have a common interest in creating efficient urban systems which design out waste, create well-functioning markets for second-hand products, enables greater reuse, and promotes a sharing economy.

All the signs points in the direction of this being a new global mega-trend and a multibillion dollar business opportunity.

For decades Denmark has had a strong focus on sustainability, and circular economy is the next innovative paradigm. Especially after the adoption of the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals 2030 – where the ambitions related to responsible consumption and production are defined in goal 12.

At Tuesday’s event, Commissioner Kathryn Garcia from NYC Department of Sanitation, also confirmed that circular economy is a focus area in New York City, but implementation must be a lengthy process: ‘Circular economy requires long-term relationships, where the city and the companies are willing to make investments in order to make it work.’

Emphasizing the need to showcase how the Circular economy is a transformative force to a wide range of industries and urban life, Circular City Week will feature activities affiliated with sectors such as fashion, architecture, energy, e-commerce and food. Circular City Week is dedicated to engaging the business community, academia, public stakeholders, investors, and civil society in pursuit of meaningful impact and change – one step at the time. The transformation to a circular economy is a process, and with the Circular City Week, New York has secured a new vehicle to drive future progress.

Karsten Dybvad, CEO of Confederation of Danish Industry, who together with State of Green are founders of Danish Cleantech Hub, said, ‘Denmark is a world leader in development of solutions with a circular foot print. We hope to engage and inspire companies, decision makers and citizens. We want to visualize that circular economy is relevant also to the food sector, fashion and design, the build environment and e-trade.’

Circular economy receives support from the Danish Crown Princess and the Prime Minister

In her keynote speech at the high-level event on Tuesday, HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark brought forward the textile and fashion industry as an example of a sector that has started a massive transformation. It is a multi-trillion-dollar industry, employing more than 60 million people globally, but it is also one of the most polluting industries, with highly resource intensive production. The pressure from consumers who demand sustainable products and textile employees needing better working conditions, can be turn into a source of inspiration for companies to create new business models and innovative technologies: ‘In the past years we have seen a rise in the number of businesses that choose and strive to design more sustainable products. For more and more companies, sustainability is already an integral part of their business strategy. Not a separate CSR-strategy, but one, which is truly integrated in the core strategy of the business. Fashion and textile companies no matter how large or resourceful cannot overcome such challenges alone. It will take a joint effort by the industry as a whole. But when large companies commit themselves to a one hundred per cent circular business model through the use of sustainable resources, recycled fabrics and consumption solely on renewable energy, they serve as an example for the entire industry,’ HRH Crown Princess Mary said.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen underlined the profitable rational for engaging in a circular economy. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has concluded that Denmark by 2035 can increase the GDP by 0.8 – 1.4 per cent by facilitating a more circular economy. Against that background, the Danish Government published a National Strategy for A Circular Economy in September 2018: ‘We are basing our efforts on proven concepts. For instance, in the Danish city of Kalundborg, we have piloted an industrial public-private partnership where energy, water and waste-materials are exchanged in closed loops. One company’s waste becomes a resource in another company. This is the essence of the circular economy. And it is good business. But it is not enough that we make such solutions in one city. We need to promote this way of thinking to the rest of the world. And we need to show that it pays off.’

The event presented several concrete examples of high impact circular economy initiatives and partnerships around the world, which set examples for others to follow.

    • The World Economy Forum addressed their research on a New Plastics Economy which was undertaken in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and a broad group of corporate frontrunners. The aim being to take concrete steps to design a plastics system founded on circular economy principles. By 2050, oceans are expected to contain more plastics by weight than fish, while the plastics industry will consume 20 per cent of the total oil production. There is an urgency for change – and a strong business opportunity as well.
    • P4G (Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030) presented some project ideas that have applied to be part of the initiative. One of these The Green Logistics City Partnership by Chinese company Alibaba was highlighted, focusing on the booming e-commerce and reduction in packaging waste in China. Alibaba as the world’s largest e-commerce company, distributes 28 billion packages to locations in China every year. It creates a massive amount of waste. In Xiamen, a city of 3.5 million people, a pilot project was launched in 2017 and since then more than a million delivery boxes have been recycled for reuse. The partnership is planning to expand to other cities such as Beijing and Shanghai.
    • LEGO’s shared their circular mindset. The signature brick has been in production since 1958 and has been designed to last just as long – each element can be used again and again, with no end-of-life in sight. More so, LEGO is the embodiment of the most basic circular principles, as it is designed for disassembly and reconfiguration. It is also LEGO’s ambition to refashion the product and build its toys from bio-based or recycled plastic in the future.
    • New York City Department of Sanitation used the event to extent on its NYC Zero Waste Strategy launched in 2016. It is a 4 year strategy to keep garbage from landfills by limiting the use of materials hence to reuse and recycle the rest. The department has now reached 20 of the 46 original initiatives and has among others grown the largest curbside organics collection program in the United States, now serving 3,5 million residents.


The high-level conference that was hosted during Climate Week NYC proved that circular economy is rapidly taking off, where both the public and the private sector are increasingly implementing initiatives in the shape of policies, partnerships, and new business models forwarding the agenda. As Ian de Cruz, the Global Director of P4G stated: “There is a demand for circular economy from businesses, governments and civil society. The hard part is now to implement it and I am very optimistic that we will have Circular economy models in the future.”


Circular Furniture Showcase

September 10, 2018 / Posted by adminadmin / Circular economy, New York

As to showcase how a range of different design companies and furniture manufactures have already taken on this call for action, Arup and Danish Cleantech Hub in New York are the initiators behind a Circular Furniture Showcase. We believe that a circular approach to furniture and interior design, entails an immense potential to create sustainable and livable office spaces. Well-designed and durable furniture will allow component reuse, informed material choices, and valuable takeback systems, just to name a few benefits.

The showcase was first exhibited at a high-level circular economy event hosted by the Danish Cleantech Hub on September 25th. The furniture was exhibited at stage and used as an active part of the conference. Subsequently the exhibition, in a slightly reduced version, have moved the New York HQ of Arup.

Read all about the Circular Office Furniture Exhibition here.