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Nordic Metals – exploring the US market

June 8, 2021 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Circular economy, New York

Nordic Metals

Nordic Metals is a Danish company producing high-quality metal powder for additive manufacturing and 3D printing of recycled materials. Nordic Metals (also known as Nordisk Staal) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) have developed a new set of high-quality metal powders of recycled material. Using new production methods, Nordic Metals extends the lifecycle of metals, allowing the metal to be reused again and again without compromising the high quality.

Nordic Metals’ circular ecosystem of steel has already gained much attention. However, Nordic Metals’ business has primarily been in Europe, but now the US market is calling.

Exploring the US market and access to key stakeholders

For Nordic Metals, the US is a new and unexplored market. As with any new market, the potential is uncertain and complex. To comply with this complexity, the Access Cities program has helped Nordic Metals identify potential key stakeholders, which can help clarify the potential of the US market and smooth the transition into the market.

Danish Cleantech Hub, the New York lead on the Access Cities program, has helped Nordic Metals explore the potential and the US market through identification and access to key stakeholders. The program gives Nordic Metals a thorough understanding of and access to key stakeholders in the market.

The conducted analysis has provided Nordic Metals with insight into key stakeholders in the US, and the opportunity to directly interact with these key stakeholders on topics relevant to their market entry. The key stakeholders that Nordic Metals got in contact with includes US Metal Powder Industries Federation, US National Institute of Standards and Technology, Manufacturing and Materials Joining Innovation Center, Penn State University, and America Makes. Thus, Danish Cleantech Hub provided exclusive access to key stakeholders and insight for Nordic Metals that support Nordic Metals in making a strategic choice regarding their potential US market entry.

For more information on the Nordic Metals case or how Access Cities can help your company do business in New York, please contact Danish Cleantech Hub.

Bliv Klogere på Tre Cirkulære Trends i New York!

February 1, 2021 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Circular economy, New York

New York har på egen krop mærket konsekvenserne af både urbanisering, klimaforandringer og sideeffekterne fra et stigende forbrug. Et af byens svar skal være at tænke mere cirkulært. Og tankegangen om at øge genbrug og genanvendelse på tværs af sektorer og produktkategorier er ved at udvikle sig til en uundværlig brik i byens bestræbelser på at tænke bæredygtigt. Tre trends har præget byens cirkulære tænkning det seneste år – læs om dem her

En undersøgelse viste for nylig, at New York er verdens anden største by – når det kommer til forbrug. COVID19 har ganske vist sat en midlertidig dæmper på det tempo som produkter og services skifter hænder i byen, men krisen har omvendt gjort det klart for alle, hvor vigtigt det kan være med lokale forsyningskæder. Uanset pandemi er potentialet der, og alt fra virksomheder og organisationer til universiteter og NGO’er har undersøgt mulighederne for at tænke forbruget mere cirkulært.

I New York favner den cirkulære tankegang bredt, og nye løsninger og ideer dukker op på tværs af sektorer og brancher. Et af stederne at få en idé om den store innovationskraft i byen er på den årlige Circular City Week New York – en festival der finder sted hvert år i marts arrangeret af Danish Cleantech Hub, der siden 2014 har været en del af New Yorks cleantech økosystem og beskæftiget sig indgående med bæredygtighedsdagsordenen.

Som optakt til dette års festival er det værd at fremhæve tre cirkulære trends, der fylder i New Yorks bybillede disse år.

Eliminering af plastikaffald og gentænkning af emballage

Kun 14% af den globale plasticemballage ender på genbrugsstationer, og heraf er det kun 9% der reelt ender med at blive genbrugt – og det til trods for, at plastic er et af de nemmeste materialer at genbruge. Som konsekvens har en række amerikanske virksomheder sat aktivt ind for at nytænke plasticemballage.

Et af disse initiativer er Loop Store projektet – et ’zero-waste’ online supermarked hvor New York City er blandt de første byer i verden hvor det rulles ud. Med World Economy Forum i ryggen har store brands som Häagen Dazs, Pantene, Oral-B Click, the Body Shop med flere, udviklet ny emballage til deres produkter som kan genbruges. Dette skaber et zero-waste grundlag, hvor kunder kan købe deres favorit produkter uden at gå på kompromis med miljøet. Samtidig tapper det ind i en stigende forbruger bevisthed om det affaldsproblem nethandel kan medføre og giver os alle en forsmag på hvordan take-back systmer kan se ud indenfor online retailhandel på tværs af brands.

Et andet initiativ er affaldsgiganten Rubicon, som har en målsætning om at eliminere al affald, og som sidste år kunne meddele en stigning på 40 pct. i plastic genbrug. I en case belyser de, hvordan restaurantkæden Chipotle, som til daglig betjener mere end en million kunder om dagen, har omkring 9% plasticaffald ud af deres samlede affaldsforbrug. Her blev det estimeret, at 95% af de 9% plastic endte på en losseplads. Gennem et black pilot projekt, indførte Rubicon et ”Gloves to Bag” program der resulterede i at mere end 625,000 af deres plastichandsker blev genbrugt. Dette har ført til at programmet er blevet implementeret i alle Chipotle forretninger og at deres affaldsforbrug af plastik er faldet markant.

Take-back systemer og leje af produkter

Flere initiativer på det amerikanske marked har forsøgt at nytænke og genudvikle produkter indenfor en cirkulær ramme – eksempelvis den amerikanske virksomhed TerraCycle, der arbejder for at genbruge selv de sværeste produktkategorier. Deres såkaldte take-back system giver mulighed for at selv de sværeste produktkategorier kan blive omdannet til nye produkter, og er dermed med til at skabe et zero-waste grundlag.

Circular City Week New York er også stærkt præget af at New York City er en af verdens mode metropoler. Det betyder at interessen og udbredelsen af cirkulær foretningsmodeller inden for tøj og møbler er hastigt stigende. New York baserede virksomheder som Feather og Wardrobe tilbyder for eksempel leje af møbler og tøj til et købestærkt og klimabevidst publikum.

USA har også en lang tradition indenfor remanufacturing i industrien. Ofte drevet af universiteterne er der i USA og New York en række organisationer og initiativer som sætter fokus på hvordan store industrivirksomheder kan genbruge dele af deres udstyr, komponenter og teknologi. The ReMADE Institute er en af disse, hvor man blandt andet arbejder med virksomheder som CaterPillar.

Tracking af cirkulariteten

Endelig er der i USA gjort meget for at udvikle systemer og værktøjer, der kan belyse produkters cirkulære aftryk, så virksomheder lettere kan sætte en målsætning for at forbedre deres forretningsmodel og gøre den mere økonomisk profitabel og bæredygtig.

Eksempler inkluderer mode og tekstil industrien hvor RFID tracking vinder frem. Dette er en teknologi, der betyder at man kan væve en simpel intelligent tråd ind i hvert stykke tøj, som kan lagre data omkring oprindelse, materialesammensætning, men potentielt også brug af tøjet. New York baserede EON er blandt de førende i at udbrede denne teknologi til nogle af verdens største modebrands.

I USA fylder de jobmæssige aspekter også meget i bæredygtighedsdebatten. I rapporten fra New York Circular City Initiative ”Complex Challenge, Circular Solutions”, som Freshfields står bag, vurderes det, at en cirkulær omstilling af New York vil give byen 11,000 arbejdspladser, og indtægter på mere end 11 milliarder dollars. Denne type beregninger er vigtige fordi de hjælper byer med at skabe det politiske og økonomiske fundament som skal muliggøre investeringer i en cirkulær omstilling.

Circular City Week New York

D. 22-28 marts 2021 indtager Circular City Week New York den virtuelle scene med en lang række af arrangementer, der fokuserer på, hvordan cirkulære løsninger kommer til at fylde mere i New York. Ugen er også en mulighed for danske virksomheder til at skabe netværk med amerikanske aktører og videndele på tværs af sektorer og industrier. Der er både mulighed for at deltage som event vært, eller blot deltage i en af de mange spændende arrangementer.

Læs mere på Circular City Week New York’s hjemmeside HER.

The Winner of the Build Back Circular Call is Barnard College

January 21, 2021 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Circular economy, Green buildings, New York

The Circular Campus at Barnard College

BLOXHUB and Danish Cleantech Hub has announced Barnard College as the winner of their Build Back Circular call. Barnard College has been selected from a group of New York companies and organizations for their project of rethinking campus living and creating the first circular campus in the US.

The aim of the circular campus is to create solutions based on circular principles that can reduce cost and emissions and transform consumption patterns on campus for the benefit of students.
Through the Build Back Circular call, Barnard College will now in collaboration with a cross-disciplinary team of Nordic pioneers receive the support needed to identify a circular campus model. The aim is to develop ideas and concept solutions that can ultimately be implemented at other schools and campuses.

Lotte Breengaard, Program Director, BLOXHUB states “It is wonderful to work with such an interesting and bold challenge. We really look forward to kickstarting the innovation process with Barnard College and selected BLOXHUB companies to identify a circular campus model that can become a best practice with higher education”.

Read the full announcement HERE.

Learn more about the collaboration between BLOXHUB and Barnard College

During Circular City Week New York 2021, BLOXHUB and Barnard College will host a live webinar on their collaboration to co-create a circular campus strategy. The event will dive into why circularity is key to developing university campus of the future and what the best practices for developing initiatives and strategies is.

Read more and register for the event HERE.

The Build Back Circular Call

The Build Back Circular call sought New-York based applicants, who are working on a project that could benefit from engaging in a circular co-creating process. The call was a unique opportunity for applicants to get a cross-disciplinary team of Nordic innovators to explore and develop solutions for a project with a circular economy lens.

Read more about the Build Back Circular Call HERE.

New York Sets the Bar with Their New 2021 Agenda ‘Reimagine – Rebuild – Renew’

January 19, 2021 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Circular economy, Climate adaptation, Green buildings, New York, Renewable energy, Smart city, Urban planning, Urban water

REIMAGINE-REBUILD-RENEW

Last week Governor Cuomo announced the 2021 agenda ‘Reimagine-Rebuild-Renew’ for New York. In the light of Covid-19, New York is facing critical issues that calls for action. During the State of the State Address 2021 Governor Cuomo announced that New York is now taking a bold move facing the climate crisis.

With their 2021 agenda, New York is paving its way with ambitious proposals and investments within the green energy economy. Among other things, the agenda features initiatives which focus on creating the largest offshore wind program in the US, make New York State a global wind energy manufacturing powerhouse, and create a green energy transmission superhighway. This will not only be rewarding for New Yorkers, but it will also support communities and small businesses.

In a statement from Governor Cuomo, it is stated: “Green energy is a pressing moral imperative and a prime economic opportunity. New York can and will be the nation’s leader for renewable energy innovation and production, all while securing jobs of the future for New Yorkers. Our entire green energy program will create a total 12,400 megawatts of green energy to power 6 million homes, directly create more than 50,000 jobs, and spur $29 billion in private investment all across the state.”

The proposals include public-private partnerships to build nearly 100 renewable energy projects, construction of New York’s green energy transmission superhighway, development and deployment of energy storage and investments in training New Yorkers for jobs in the wind and renewable energy sector.

By investing in a green economic recovery, New York is truly setting their steppingstones for becoming a green, sustainable city in the after shakes of Covid-19. With their new 2021 agenda, it will create demand for the most well-innovated green energy solutions across nations, and thus open new doors for companies within the green energy economy.

Read more on the 2021 agenda ‘Reimagine-Rebuild-Renew’ HERE.

Green X Growth – Building a Green Future together!

January 15, 2021 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Circular economy, Climate adaptation, Green buildings, New York, Renewable energy, Smart city

President-elect Biden & Vice President-elect Harris

On behalf of Denmark’s green industries and green tech companies, we applaud your ambition for transitioning your country towards a carbon-neutral future. It’s a bold task.

With over 40 years of experience in transitioning societies towards climate neutrality, we know what it takes. We have the solutions, the data, and the knowledge needed in order to fight climate change while creating thousands of jobs and accelerating economic growth. We have created results contributing to a greener American economy while generating thousands of American green jobs.

Lets unite and make it happen. Lets build a green future together. We are happy to take part in supporting a greener America.

Sincerely,

Haldor Topsøe, Grundfos, Rambøll, Semco Maritime, Siemens Gamesa, CiP, COWI, Kamstrup, Confederation of Danish Industry.

 

Read more about Danish Cleantech Hub HERE.

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

ABOUT BUILD BACK CIRCULAR

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”.

FURTHER INFORMATION

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.

Contact

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.

Contact

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

Director

tone@di.dk

 

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.

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