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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


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.


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


Read more about Danish Cleantech Hub HERE.

$10 Million New York Climate Progress Program will help Climate Technology Startups

November 30, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Climate adaptation, New York

As part of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) which was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo July 2019, New York is required to achieve a carbon free electricity system by 2040 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85% below 1990 levels by 2050.

To help New York achieve these goals, NYSERDA is now introducing the New York Climate Progress program that can help climate technology startups with up to $500,000 in funding. This opportunity comes after months of uncertainty and financial instability in the aftermath of Covid-19. New York was especially hit hard by Covid-19 and this led to an economic shutdown, in which it became more important than ever to help companies get through the pandemic.

“A greener future is a brighter one, and New York is leading the way forward on protecting our environment while creating new jobs and bolstering our economy,” Governor Cuomo said. “The New York Climate Progress Program will help us support innovative startups that are generating new economic activity with clean, low-carbon products and services. The technologies created by these companies can help us fight climate change and support New Yorkers’ livelihoods as we work to make communities across the state more resilient.”

With NYSERDA’s Innovation program, the aim is to support technologies and companies that will help New York State reach its climate targets. Within that context, the aims of New York Climate Progress include:

  • Boosting the growth of climate technology firms as a strategy to build back the economy in New York.
  • Catalyzing new investment and de-risking long-term company success and climate impact.
  • Protecting and creating green jobs.
  • Supporting companies with scalable high impact potential to support the State’s achievement of its climate goals.

The New York Climate Progress program offer up to $10 million in loans, and is open to early-stage startup firms that are focusing on climate technology and that have raised less than $25 million in private capital, have less than $10 million in annual revenue, and have fewer than 50 employees – with at least one employee in New York State. Proposals are due January 6, 2021.

Read more about the New York Climate Progress Program 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.

Join the Danish Interior Design Network for USA

October 2, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Climate adaptation, New York

Thrive Through Inspiration

This network have one aim: to further enable Danish design companies to succeed in the US market place. In an informative and precompetitive setting, network members have the chance to discuss specific topics with peers, pick up on useful tools and gain knowledge without sharing company sensitive content. Industry experts and Danish based organizations such as Lifestyle Design Cluster, Creative Denmark and Danish Design Center will actively interact and share knowledge and initiatives that can support Danish companie’s efforts in the US.

Potential Meeting Topics:

  • COVID-19 and sales
  • Circularity and sustainability
  • Commodity vs. exclusivity
  • Partners search and selection
  • E-commerce and contracts
  • A shared Danish narrative
  • Press and media coverage
  • Design collaborations
  • Sales, data and digitalization
  • Human resource management
  • Renting models

Network Meetings

Each network meeting has a new topic. The network meets 4 times a year in New York City, with the option to join virtually.

Meeting dates (TBC):

Next meetings are tentatively scheduled for

  • 27 May 2021
  • 26 August 2021
  • 17 November 2021

Network Participants

Participants are strategic decision makers related to company activities in the US, either located in Denmark or the US. Likely with responsibility for topics such as business development, sales or communication.

Read the introduction to the network her. 

Register to Join the Network


To learn more please feel free to reach out to Tone Søndergaard, Director at Danish Cleantech Hub in New York


+1 (917) 912 7577



Climate Week NYC: Denmark and New York will Build Back Greener

September 25, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Climate adaptation, Green buildings, New York, Renewable energy, Smart city

Green recovery strategies will create sustainable growth

During Climate Week NYC 2020, high-level speakers from both sides of the Atlantic gathered to discuss green recovery and public-private commitment to the advanced green transition and the speakers were invited to rethink partnerships as a vehicle to accelerate the green transition and growth. With more than 1000 registered participants, moderated by Connie Hedegaard, chairman for CONCITO, speakers discussed topics such as partnerships as a way to support innovation, growth and job creation and as a way to spur investments in sustainability.

Among the speakers were Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities, Dan Jørgensen and Lieutenant Governor of New York State Kathy Hochul, and they agreed on the level of ambition towards the green transition by underlining the commitments by Denmark and New York State.

“We continue to continue pursuing our climate policies. We are not wavering. We understand the threat of climate change – and we’re doing something about it, building back greener, investing heavily in renewable energy, etc.” Lieutenant Governor of New York State Kathy Hochul

“We are firmly committed that we will get through the Covid-19 crisis. The climate crisis has a more permanent character, requiring fundamental societal changes”, Dan Jørgensen, Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities

Global frontrunners

Denmark and New York are both global frontrunners in the green transition. Denmark has been on a green road since the 70’s and New York established itself as a global beacon in the field with their commitment to the Paris Agreement, when President Trump announced his plan for the United States to exit the agreement in 2017. Many similarities can be found between Denmark and New York and they provide an opportunity to increase collaboration further and increase private sector involvement to accelerate innovation and the green transition.

While Covid-19 has created high instability, both social and economically world-wide, it is time to involve, and rethink structure of society and methods to overcome the impact of Covid-19 while pursuing a green recovery. Ali Zaidi, Deputy Secretary to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and Chairman of Climate Policy and Finance states:

“The more we build things together with everybody at the table, the more we will reinforce our collective climate change mitigation efforts”

Public-private partnerships as a vehicle for combatting climate change

Green and sustainable transition is discussed across New York during the Climate Week and companies are an essential part of the solution. Green knowhow is very sought-after and the climate week is a unique platform for Danish companies because sustainable cities start with sustainable solutions. Many Danish companies have cracked the code for how solutions can be adapted and scaled in new markets, with a focus on tailoring solutions to a city’s specific needs.

“By now it’s clear there’s no silver bullet solution to accelerating the green transition. It requires playing on the full keyboard of climate actions.  What role do partnerships play in such circumstances? What are the most important components to mainstream innovative green technologies or in finding new ways of attacking the challenge?”, Jens Birgersson, President and CEO, ROCKWOOL International

Did you miss the event?

It’s not too late! Read more about the event and speakers here.

Or watch the virtual event Build Back Greener: Principles for Kickstarting the Sustainable Transition through Partnerships here.

Seeking Smart Lighting Challenge Owners in NYC

September 9, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Climate adaptation, New York, Smart city

What we are looking for:

Danish Cleantech Hub and Gate21 are seeking NYC based actors, who are interested in innovative smart city solutions related to smart lighting. Challenge owners can be public agencies, building owners or developers, architects, engineering business, management companies etc. Essentially anyone involved in designing, suppling, developing or managing smart city technologies across the City.

The challenge itself can take many forms. For instance, you could have a space, a process or a design where smart lighting solutions could be applicable. Do not be afraid to be creative!

Why we do it:

Cities worldwide are increasingly realizing that urban lighting can provide solutions to overcome major challenges facing our societies such as environmental footprint, lacking digital infrastructures, increased costs and public well-being and safety. Many questions remain open for Cities that seek to develop forward-thinking lighting strategies, as they look for solutions to create the best Cities. The arrival of new technologies to the market, as well as the smart potentials lighting can now offer, triggers new questions to which Cities need solid and reliable answers, and well-tested solutions.

The challenge program:

Danish Cleantech Hub and Gate21 have developed a NYC Smart Lighting Challenge Program to connect NYC challenge owners with Danish smart lighting solutions. The program is a pilot, to test how open international challenge calls can be accelerated to inspire actors in the field and to come up with the best and most innovative solutions. The challenge program is divided into three steps:

  1. Launch of challenge and program at the Nordic Edge conference on September 23th 2020.
  2. Solution workshop in Denmark with participating Danish SMEs on November 4th 2020.
  3. Pitch finale on November 23th 2020 (date TBC)

Your commitment:

We expect all participants to be excited about smart lighting solutions. Participation in the call is free to challenge owners and the time consumption is expected to be approximately three hours in total including Q&A session to define challenge in detail with the facilitators (approx. 2 hours) and participation in the virtual pitch finale (one hour).

If you do not have a specific challenge, we welcome panelists in the panel for the pitch finale. Please send an email to Mille Munksgaard at mimu@di.dk to participate as a panelist.

Get involved:

Do you have a challenge or site that can be used for the program or do you want to register as a panelist? Send an email to Mille Munksgaard, mimu@di.dk today! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Deadline for submitting a challenge is September 16th 2020.

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.

Andrew M. Cuomo announces $175 Million Workforce Development Initiative

February 3, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Climate adaptation, New York

The New Workforce Development Initiative

On January 7 2020 Cuomo unveiled the 32nd proposal for his 2020 State of the State: expanding on New York’s historic $175 million Workforce Development Initiative to meet emerging job demand. Cuomo putted forward a series of plans, including training centers and programs, that will retrain and prepare Americans for new jobs. The expansion of the Workforce Development Initiative will ensure that American and international employers are able to find and hire qualified workers with in-demand skills in New York.

The Initiative is one of several in New York State to start career and technical education programs creating an opportunity for retraining and preparing people for new jobs that include clean energy jobs like technicians in both wind turbine technicians and solar energy, health care, cybersecurity and advanced manufacturing:

“This aggressive, all-encompassing approach to workforce training will bolster New York’s groundbreaking Workforce Development Initiative by helping to ensure workers have the skills they need to compete and succeed in emerging industries that are quickly developing across our state,” New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said. “With private sector employment at an all-time high, New York must continue to invest in its workforce and make certain that our workers have the necessary skills to work in a rapidly-changing economy.”

With nearly 160,000 clean energy jobs across the state and 8.9 percent clean job growth since 2016, the State’s nation-leading climate policies are attracting private-sector investment and encouraging business creation. If New York State wants to add to the position of being a national leader in nearly every green job sector, the State must continue to invest in upskilling and preparing for an even larger green sector. Looking towards 2020 the $175 Million Workforce Development Initiative is a solid starting point in terms of making sure that high-quality competences are available in the State.

The all-inclusive approach of creating a demand for green solutions while developing the workforce make New York a constant interesting market for Danish companies.

Want to Know More?

Danish Cleantech Hub is a public-private partnership, led by the Confederation of Danish Industry and State of Green. We support the visibility and commercialization of Danish companies and expertise in New York and we provide a single point of entry for all cleantech-related activities between Denmark and New York. If you want to get in touch with us to please write to mimu@di.dk for more information.