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Danish-American Roundtable to Discuss Private and Public Climate Action of Tomorrow

September 19, 2019 / Posted by Rune GadeRune Gade / Climate adaptation, Green buildings, New York, Renewable energy, Urban planning

The climate change movement has gained serious momentum in recent years. Spearheaded by government and the private sector, more and more stakeholders are signing up to set and help meet energy and climate targets, taking more responsibility by curbing emissions and making significant investments in clean energy and sustainability measures.

“Both government and private sector action are imperative to achieving clean energy and climate goals. Governments provide the policy foundation assuring industry that investments can be made to the market size and scale that the policy has established. The private sector, in creating its own business opportunities, then brings innovation to the economy, and competition delivers value to consumers. In combination, they both drive market transformation to allow clean energy to become an everyday decision, said John Williams, Vice President in NYSERDA one of the organising partners of the event.

“Corporate and Government Climate Action – The Clean Economy in Denmark and New York” is a high-level roundtable organised by the Confederation of Danish IndustryDI EnergyDanish Cleantech HubState of Green and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which will focus on the impact and nature of the private and public sectors’ climate action commitments towards a low-carbon economy.

-Related news: Strong Danish green footprint at this year’s New York Climate Week

Showcasing initiatives

The timing is perfect. With the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City as the backdrop, the event will convene clean economy leaders from state and city governments, businesses and financial institutions – such as NY Green Bank.

“NY Green Bank exists as a part of the New York State’s comprehensive energy strategy to lean in early to emerging markets and provide financing solutions that are replicable, scalable, and ultimately attract private sector investment. It is the government’s role to implement good policies that generate market activity and enable greater private sector investment,” said Alfred Griffin, President in NY Green Bank

Each path is different, but the idea is for participants to showcase leading collaborative initiatives for confronting and solving climate change.

One of the speakers at the event is Ditlev Engel, Denmark’s Special Envoy for Climate and Energy, and CEO of DNV GL’s Energy business: ”In my work as Denmark’s Special Envoy for Climate and Energy my main focus has been to speed up the global investments in the green transition in order to reach the climate goals. This entails creating an investment climate enabling both institutional investors and the private sector to engage and make the necessary investments. At the ‘Corporate and Government Climate Action’ event, I look forward to engage with both Danish and international stakeholders on how to create the best conditions for climate action”, he said.

-Related news: Securing the framework for offshore wind in New York

Strong line-up of prominent speakers

Speakers at “Corporate and Government Climate Action – The Clean Economy in Denmark and New York” include:

  • Alfred Griffin, President, NY Green Bank
  • Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA
  • Lea Wermelin, Minister of the Environment, Denmark
  • Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor, City of Copenhagen
  • Dale Bryk, Deputy Secretary for Energy and Environment, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
  • Lars Sandahl Sørensen, CEO, the Confederation of Danish Industry
  • Jens Birgersson, CEO, ROCKWOOL
  • Thomas Brostrøm, President, Ørsted North America
  • Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman, Carlsberg
  • Alzbeta Klein, Director and Global Head of Climate Business, International Finance Corporation

“Corporate and Government Climate Action – The Clean Economy in Denmark and New York” will take place in New York City on 24 September, 2019 from 11.30am to 4.30pm.

Programme of the event

11:30am: Lunch & welcome

12:10pm: Executive fireside chat – Green investment: How countries can become magnets for private green investments

12:30pm: Panel session I – Regulatory uncertainty at the city and state level: The role of corporate climate commitments

1:10pm: Break

1:30pm: Executive fireside chat – A renewable future: Driving climate action through offshore wind

1:50pm: Panel session II – Profitability and competitiveness: How the private sector can combine good business with climate goals

2:30pm: Curated roundtable discussions: Common ground and commitments

3:30pm: Reception

Visit the conference website for all he deatils.

World Water Day 2019 – The Future of Water in New York

April 8, 2019 / Posted by adminadmin / Climate adaptation, New York, Urban water

NY Blue Tech, New York’s first international and interdisciplinary water sector network, operates on the mission to help meet the challenges for the water sector in New York through knowledge-sharing.

The annual global World Water Day serves as an excellent occasion to leverage the multi-stakeholder scope of the NY Blue Tech network by convening experts, stakeholders and public decision makers for a day of discussing water sector challenges and opportunities in New York. This year, we decided to center the discussions around how to meet the water challenges through P3s and cross-disciplinary collaboration. A successful water event in Westchester earlier this year teed up the importance of rethinking P3 collaboration within the water sector. Hence, World Water Day symposium provided a unique platform to continue this discussion in a wider New York State setting “New York can benefit greatly from international collaboration on how to manage and implement cross-disciplinary collaboration. As two global frontrunners, Denmark and the Netherlands have successfully innovated the water sector through public-private partnerships. Being able to convene the entire New York water sector to discuss key issues like this is exactly why we co-founded NY Blue Tech in 2017”, said Klaus Lehn Christensen, Director, Danish Cleantech Hub and Co-founder of NY Blue Tech Network.

The first section of the half-day symposium took form as panel debates, where more than 18 speakers where given the opportunity to enlighten the attendees on how they actively focus on improving New York’s water sector by considering P3 collaboration and by applying an integrated water management approach, which recognizes the connection between upstream and downstream water assets. Among the high-level speakers where Josh Mendes, Technical Advisor, DHI Group, a Danish company that serves the US market with innovative technology for asset management and modelling within the water sector: “It is essential that we view the water cycle through a holistic lense. As we strive to future-proof our cities in the face of climate change and increasing density, we have to recognize that energy net-neutrality at our waste water resource plants is connected to how we manage for example stormwater further upstream”, said Josh Mendes, Technical Advisor, DHI Group.

The following break-out sessions proved the immense engagement from New Yorker stakeholders in discussing how we accommodate for future water challenges, and lot least how we finance implementation of long-term solutions.

NY Blue Tech’s 2019 World Water day symposium shed light on the complexity of the public-private partnerships needed to finance the badly needed water infrastructure upgrades in New York, and the US in general. And specifically, it brought together a diverse group of stakeholders together, who collectively identified existing technology and financial tools which are ready for deployment, if stakeholders are willing to take on risk and act.

Read more about NY Blue Tech and how to become a member here

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Access Cities Teams up with NYC Mayor’s Office to Develop Urban Tech Challenge

February 8, 2019 / Posted by adminadmin / Climate adaptation, New York

For the first major Access Cities challenge, Danish Cleantech Hub teams up with Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Economic Development Corporation and the city’s premier cleantech incubator, Urban Future Lab, to develop an open challenge based on problems prioritized by NYC Agencies, and for which Danish technology providers have a strong value proposition.

New York City offers a high value opportunity as a global megacity market for companies looking to get involved in market challenges coming out of the Access Cities program. Danish Cleantech Hub, a joint initiative by The Confederation of Danish Industry and State of Green, is the New York lead on this 2.5-year multi-city program aimed at testing out emerging, and proven, technology and solutions through a challenge and living lab-based approach in New York, Munich, Singapore, Copenhagen and Aarhus.

“Leveraging our position in the New York City urban tech ecosystem, we are teaming up with Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Economic Development Corporation and “our own” cleantech incubator, Urban Future Lab, to develop this first  open challenge. In this challenge both Danish technology providers and New York counterparts can compete in order to share knowledge across the Atlantic,” says NYC Access Cities Project Manager Klaus Lehn Christensen, Director at Danish Cleantech Hub.

As part of the Access Cities program, Danish Cleantech Hub, offers individual support for companies interested in the New York market by assisting with market entry, partner search and/or visibility.

At the same time, in Denmark, Climate KIC offers market preparation support for companies interested in the challenge, and who are looking to take on the US market. The challenge is expected to launch during the Smart Cities NY expo 13-15 May 2019.

Apart from co-created challenges, the Access Cities program also promotes existing challenges on the target markets. Below an outline of currently open challenges on the New York market.

New York State 2019 Forecast – Political and Cleantech Trends

December 14, 2018 / Posted by adminadmin / Climate adaptation, New York, Renewable energy

Clean energy forecast in the midterm elections aftermath

The U.S. mid-term elections resulted in a Democratic take-over of the House of Representatives. Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi Democrats seem determined to launch a new “better green deal” on climate change and other environmental issues, which have taken a back seat in light of Republicans’ deregulatory agenda. However, forces within the Democratic party are arguing for the more progressive stance that the country should commit to 100 % renewable electricity generation within a decade.

With a Congress mired in gridlock under the Trump Administration, which celebrated Thanksgiving by sweeping an alarming climate action progress port under the rug, it is more likely, however, that the clean energy efforts will be spearheaded by states and cities. The US Climate Alliance currently includes 17 states which have committed to delivering on the Paris Agreement. And, early December it was announced that Ohio became the 100th U.S. city to commit to 100% renewable energy by 2030-2035 (depending on the city), in a national campaign promoted by the influential non-profit, The Sierra Club.

Governor Cuomo Continues to drive New York’s environmental leadership

The two-term New York incumbent Andrew Cuomo was resoundingly reelected to a third term as governor of New York, winning 59% of the votes, which even improved his 2014 showing. His victory came as fellow democrats in Albany celebrated a wave of victories in the State Senate, regaining control of that chamber for just the third time in 50 years.

New York State continues to boast one of the nation’s most progressive Clean Energy Standards committed to the goal of securing 50% of the State’s consumption from renewable sources such as such as solar, wind, and hydro by 2030.

Off-shore wind plays an important piece in the new energy mix for New York, and the East Coast in general, which collectively has committed to produce 8GW by 2030. New York for its part signed up to this virtual East Coast race with a 2.4GW goal by 2030, enough to power 1.2 million homes. That decision has further catalyzed the decision to shut down Indian Point by 2021, one of New York’s four nuclear powerplants, attracting additional investment in clean energy

In New York City, the midterm elections offered a further Democratic boost, which included young rising candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Ocasio winning a congressional seat to become the youngest woman to join Congress, and Max Rose securing a Democratic victory on Staten Island, New York most conservative borough.

Mayor de Blasio is focused on delivering on the Paris Agreement, and the additional 1.5 C plan the city committed to, as the first one in the world, which includes alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The City’s 10-year development plan, OneNYC plan, works to deliver on the climate action goal of 80% emission reductions by 2050.

Silicon Valley vs Silicon Alley

In the great West Coast vs East Coast battle to attract investment and talent to the tech world, New York continues to ramp up its “Silicon Alley” brand. While still dwarfed by Silicon Valley venture capital abundance, the Mid-Atlantic region, mainly driven by New York, came in 2nd with 20.4% of all venture capital deals in Q3 2018, against Silicon Valley’s 38.3%.


A genuine tech hub

Zeroing in on cleantech, or Urban Tech, as it is dubbed here, New York City has become a genuine hub. The City’s Economic Development Corporation continues to funnel investment into the growing ecosystem by creating more visibility, and opportunity, for investors and companies. As an example, in 2019 New York City’s urban tech sector will be centralized on one single website, and ecosystem, called The Grid.

New York City closed out the year with a big tech announcement with Amazon deciding to set up its second U.S. headquarters (split with Northern Virginia) creating 25,000 skilled tech jobs at $130,000 a year. The move solidifies the City’s position as a tech hub, where Amazon is joining other major job creators such as Google, Facebook, BNY Mellon, Capgemini, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley.


Opportunities abound for Danish cleantech companies in New York

Danish Cleantech Hub, a joint initiative by The Confederation og Danish Industry and State of Green, is in a valuable position to help Danish companies benefit from New York’s consistent commitment to sustainability and climate adaptation. Imbedded in the New York ecosystem system since 2014, Danish Cleantech Hub enters 2019 with a variety of new business opportunities: Circular City Week (March 4-10) is an industry festival organized by Danish Cleantech Hub to boost the awareness of circular economy – a paradigm which Denmark is among the global frontrunners within.

As a second new initiative, Danish Cleantech Hub is part of Access Cities – a multi-city 2.5year program with the aim of testing out emerging, and proven, technology and solutions through a challenge and living lab based approach in New York, Munich, Singapore, Copenhagen and Aarhus.

In addition to that, Danish Cleantech Hub opens the new year as a partner in The Westchester water symposium (January 17), and later on with Word Water Day programming (March 22) through the water network NY Blue Tech co-founded by Danish Cleantech Hub.

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NYC-Copenhagen Collaboration on Cloudburst Management to be Extended – and Expanded!

September 28, 2018 / Posted by adminadmin / Climate adaptation, New York, Urban planning, Urban water

New York’s Next Nickname: The Big Sponge?

New York City has its nicknames: the Empire City, Fun City, the city that never sleeps. Now, because of a partnership between New York and Copenhagen, another might join the list: Sponge City.

New York, city officials said, needs to do better at dealing with weather phenomena that are becoming more common — cloudbursts, which are especially intense rainstorms that dump enormous amounts of water in a short time. Climate change means cloudbursts are likely to happen more frequently.

So officials have spent three years studying how Copenhagen coped with heavy storm water runoff after a deluge in 2011. A Danish official called it a thousand-year weather event.

The storm drenched Copenhagen with six inches of rain in two hours. Afterward, officials considered ways of making the city more absorbent with design changes, like planting grass to replace asphalt (because asphalt does not absorb rainwater) or lowering playgrounds and basketball courts so they hold water in a storm.

Then in 2012, Hurricane Sandy flooded 51 square miles in New York, about 17 percent of the city’s total land mass, according to city statistics.

When New York officials learned that Copenhagen had developed a master plan to deal with storms and runoff, the two very different cities formed a partnership. Copenhagen’s population is less than 10 percent of New York’s, and Copenhagen covers far less land than do the five boroughs.

“Yours is much, much bigger, but the principle is the same,” said Lykke Leonardsen, a Copenhagen official involved in the partnership. “The idea of creating a new type of infrastructure for the management of storm water is a way of making sure that you do not experience an unwanted flood from sewer water and storm water, because then you’re not just talking about a nuisance but a health issue.”

Officials from both cities decided they needed open space that can, in effect, absorb water like sponges, or at least slow runoff gushing through populated areas during or after a storm. Finding such spaces is a tall order in urban areas, but “sponges” help to keep water out of the sewer system when sewers are overwhelmed in a storm.

“The obvious thing is, why don’t you build bigger sewers,” Vincent Sapienza, the commissioner of New York’s Department of Environmental Protection, said in an interview. “One is, they cost a fabulous amount of money to do, and two, on many residential streets, there’s no room for bigger sewers.”

Ms. Leonardsen said Copenhagen’s experience showed that turning to green infrastructure and solutions like sponge areas had economic advantages.“We found that instead of digging down in underground reservoirs and expanding the sewer system,” she said, “this was much cheaper.”

After the 2011 cloudburst, Copenhagen began 300 projects to drive storm water away from populated areas and manage flooding better. “Copenhagen showed you can take it a step further by creating spaces where you can store larger volumes of water,” said Alan Cohn, a managing director in the environmental agency’s Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis.

Adding green space or replacing asphalt with grass could increase the spongelike properties of a neighborhood. And when sewers are overwhelmed by a rainwater runoff, he said, the goal should be “flooding by design” — that is, designing the landscape so water goes where it can be stored temporarily if it cannot be absorbed into the ground.

Designing a basketball court like an amphitheater, with steps leading down, could accomplish that.

On an appropriately recent rainy day, officials from the two cities, along with environmental experts and officials from other cities, gathered at the Center for Architecture in Greenwich Village for a discussion of what could be accomplished through international collaboration.

Susanne DesRoches, a deputy director of the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, said the project with Copenhagen had been “a huge success.” Mr. Sapienza said the partnership would continue and expand to include other cities.

Other officials said it was important to share ideas because each city tends to formulate plans in its own way.

“There’s no cookbook for how to make cities resilient,” Ms. Leonardsen said. “It’s new for us, and we all have to figure it out.”

In 2016, the second year of the partnership, New York began a cloudburst study in southeastern Queens, where storm water drains into Jamaica Bay. Now in the planning stages is a pilot program at the South Jamaica Houses, a public-housing project that dates to when Fiorello H. La Guardia was mayor.

A second pilot-project area is in St. Albans, Queens, which also sustains heavy flooding.

Southeastern Queens is shaped somewhat like a bowl and sits at a low elevation with inadequate sewer infrastructure, officials said, so the city is committing $1.9 billion to reduce flooding and improve street conditions there. The money will go to 45 infrastructure projects to be completed over the next 10 years.

Cynthia Rosenzweig, co-chairwoman of the New York City Panel on Climate Change and a professor at Barnard College, said municipalities across the country needed to think bigger.

“In Europe, they take a larger approach,” she said. “Here, we take a jack-o’-lantern approach,” concentrating on limited projects that are the equivalent of the eyes or the mouth on a Halloween pumpkin. “We need to scale up to the neighborhood level and beyond.”

Read the article on the successful  NYC-Copenhagen collaboration in The New York Times.

Copenhagen-New York Collaboration Leads to Cloudburst Management Being Included in NYC Resilience Plan

The ongoing knowledge exchange between New York City and Copenhagen has lead to a 3-year official collaboration on Climate Adaptation and Cloudburst Management, with Danish Cleantech Hub as local facilitator in NYC.

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Fighting Water with Water

September 21, 2018 / Posted by adminadmin / Climate adaptation, New York, Urban water

A feasibility study, prepared by Danish Cleantech Hub in New York, helped kick off a US journey for the Danish company Environment Solutions, which specializes in flood control barriers.

In the wake of the damages caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, along with prospect of severe future flood events and the costs of repair, New York City has taken a proactive approach to climate adaptation, putting flood mitigation and resiliency high on the political agenda. Protecting critical infrastructure from flooding, such as tunnels, roads and railroads, are among the top priorities. Long Island Railroad is a strong case. Comprised of over 700 miles of tracks, Long Island Rail Road is North America’s busiest commuter railroad, and thus a critical infrastructural vein in the City of New York.

Through their partnership with Danish Cleantech Hub, Environment Solutions identified Long Island Rail Road as a potential. public client, and through a strong U.S. contributor, Flood Control Barriers LLC, Environment Solutions was in the right position to win the contract: “Environment Solutions is very excited to be awarded the first public contract in a North American megacity such as New York,, and it truly underpins Denmark as a frontrunner within sustainable flood protection solutions”, says Anders Philipsen, CEO of Environment Solutions.

With the contract Long Island Rail Road aims to prevent critical underground rail tunnels from flooding. Environment Solutions and their distributor will also be responsible for deployment training of railroad personnel.

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Meet the Danes Trying to Help New York Deal With Climate Change

June 6, 2018 / Posted by adminadmin / Climate adaptation, New York

Meet the Danes Trying to Help New York Deal With Climate Change

When Danish company WindowMaster wanted to expand to the United States, they visited the Brooklyn offices of the Danish Cleantech Hub. There they met Jakob Olesen, a tall blond Dane who serves as the Hub’s project manager, and his team. They presented Olesen with their product: a miniature engine (known as an actuator) that can automatically open or close windows to exactly the angle that will provide optimal air temperature and quality, and, in turn, lower HVAC costs.

Olesen and his team connected Window Masters with a local architecture firm, and the two businesses are now working together to install Window Masters windows in a new Brooklyn building.

“Our goal is to figure out what we are doing in Denmark that is good for the U.S. in terms of clean technologies and vice versa,” says Olesen, who has been living in the United States for the past five years. “The idea is to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and ideas that are mutually beneficial.”

The Danish Cleantech Hub is the result of a public-private partnership between the Confederation of Danish Industry — a business organization with 10,000 members — and State of Green, a nonprofit aimed at promoting Denmark’s environmentally friendly agenda around the world.

“If Copenhagen wants to discuss flooding solutions with New York City, we can facilitate that.” Julius Meilstrup, Danish Clentech Hub “Because Denmark is one of the lowest-lying nations in the world, we have been facing the consequences of a changing climate for a long time,” explained Julius Meilstrup, a business analyst with Danish Cleantech Hub. “Therefore we have already developed solutions for some of the issues other nations are just starting to face, and we want to make sure we share those solutions.”

The Brooklyn branch of the Danish Cleantech Hub operates out of the Urban Future Lab, a cleantech incubator in MetroTech Center. It functions mainly as a consultancy, performing market research and legal services for Danish organizations focused on urban planning, green development and renewable energy that are looking to expand into the U.S. The Hub also hosts about 25 events annually aimed at sharing cleantech knowledge and ideas.

“By virtue of us being in the United States and having this network of technologists, lawyers, distributors and public authorities, we can really help provide great access to the market,” said Meilstrup. “If Copenhagen wants to discuss flooding solutions with New York City, we can facilitate that.”

Since opening in 2014, the Danish Cleantech Hub has worked with over 40 private and public entities. While Danish organizations have been enthusiastic about leveraging their services, Olesen says he wants to market more to American stakeholders.

“We want America to understand how they are going to benefit from working with Denmark,” Olesen says. “If you are experiencing issues with building performance, efficiency, or renewable energy, we can help you find someone who has solved your issue.” Bigger picture, the Hub wants to expand to help bring Danish solutions to every part of the world experiencing the effects of climate change. Along with Brooklyn, the organization has offices in Shanghai, Dubai, Nairobi, Munich and Gujarat, India.

“Climate change is not something the public or private sector can solve on their own,” Olesen said. “It requires a collaborative approach by all of us.”

Guest Blog From Climate Week NYC

June 12, 2017 / Posted by adminadmin / Climate adaptation, New York, Urban planning

Read the article by Klaus Lehn Christensen



Individual States Hold Great Sway in Environmental Progress

June 12, 2017 / Posted by adminadmin / Climate adaptation, New York, Renewable energy

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Danish Cleantech Hub to Talk at Affairs Global Vision | Urban Action series

June 12, 2017 / Posted by adminadmin / Climate adaptation, New York, Urban water

As the only international partner, DCH was invited as an example on how NYC is collaborating internationally on climate adaptation through public-private partnerships. Speaking on the topic of “Addressing Climate Change Through Urban Infrastructure: Water Management as a Model”, DCH spoke on the ongoing collaboration between the City of Copenhagen and NYC on Cloudburst Management and the integration of blue and green infrastructure in the urban landscape.

The backdrop for the event was the one-year anniversary of NYC’s climate adaptation / development plan, OneNYC, and how the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are being translated and embraced by cities and nations, with a specific focus on public-private partnerships as a key driver.