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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.

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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.