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Why We Must Build Back Circular – Watch the event

October 29, 2021 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Circular economy, Climate adaptation, Green buildings, New York, Renewable energy, Urban planning

We must take innovative measures to source ideas for how we build back circular to explore and develop a future model. Therefore, this session will also bring into focus how we can work faster and smarter to bolster the circular economy thinking in buildings.

Adopting circular economy approaches in high growth, high-waste sector like the built environment presents a tremendous opportunity for businesses, governments, and cities to minimize structural waste and thus realize greater value from built environment assets. It is time to reshape our urban future and move from principles to practices. During the session, visionary practitioners will provide their perspectives on partnerships as key to understanding and solving tomorrow’s challenges.

Watch the webinar: https://vimeo.com/623785090/7b38aec607

Learning objectives

  • Design sits prominently at the heart of the circular economy. It requires us to redesign everything: products, business models, cities, and the linear systems that have lasted for the past centuries.
  • The greatest opportunities are realized when the circular economy is applied to strategic decision making – varying from design to selection of products. Innovative projects and cases will be presented.
  • To accelerate the circular economy in the built environment, partnerships are key and may come in many forms and shapes. Through the Build Back Circular challenge, Barnard College enters into new partnerships to reach its goal of becoming a circular campus.

Key takeaways

  • Cities are on the front lines – both as a source and as a key solution to a substantial part of the climate challenge, and that buildings are key in tackling climate change.
  • We must think of our carbon footprint as a value by combining circular economy with strategic decision making.
  • By challenging the way we use and reuse resources in the building industry new best practices occur.
  • Moving the construction industry to a circular economy model the top focus areas are 1) design efficiently, 2) urban mining, 3) use more timber, 4) change the industry by specifying more sustainable alternatives, 5) build less.
  • Through partnerships businesses and cities can accelerate toward a circular economy.

Practical information


Registration is now open: Toward 2030: From Climate Policy to Climate Action

September 9, 2021 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Climate adaptation, Green buildings, New York, Renewable energy, Smart city, Urban planning

Toward 2030: From Climate Policy to Climate Action is a unique transatlantic event, which aims to create a space for cleantech leaders to discuss climate change action – from the national to the local level – in creating a more resilient and green economy with a focus on business opportunities and job creation potential. Instead of simply reinventing an outdated economic model, countries, cities, and companies must look towards green recovery strategies to create sustainable growth that is beneficial for the climate, the economy, and our health.

With the UN General Assembly as the backdrop, the event convenes clean economy leaders from the private sector national governments, cities, financial institutions, and civil society. Take part in the virtual event together with progressive American and Danish peers, with speakers such as:

  • Andrew Kessler, President, NY Green Bank
  • Dan Egan, Vice President, Vornado Realty Trust
  • Danielle Merfeld, VP and CTO, Generel Electric (GE)
  • Doreen Harris, CEO and President, NYSERDA
  • Finn Mortensen, Executive Director, State of Green
  • John Galyen, President, Danfoss North America
  • John Lochner, VP Innovation, NYSERDA
  • Lars Sandahl Sørensen, CEO and Director General, Confederation of Danish Industry
  • Rory Moss, President, ROCKWOOL North America
  • Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO, PensionDanmark

Climate Week New York is an opportunity for climate experts, political decision-makers and industry leaders to discuss the road to a green and sustainable transition and by joining forces, Danish Cleantech Hub, NYSERDA and State of Green provide a platform, for the participants to share insights across sectors on how to proceed and ensure a green, sustainable transition through partnerships.

Register for the event and find more information about the program HERE.


Rebuilding New York’s Schools through Partnerships

August 13, 2021 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Green buildings, New York

Building education to the future

Every day, millions of students go to school to learn, but unfortunately many children are affected by poor indoor air quality and high noise levels. According to the Acoustical Society of America, U.S. classrooms typically have a speech intelligibility rating of about 75%. That means every fourth word is missed. This not only affects the student’s possibility to learn, but also impacts the teachers as they must speak louder. It is also found that 50% of teachers suffer from irreparable damage to their voices, due to them speaking too loudly to be heard.

Rebuilding New York’s schools through partnerships

Research points out that investments in good acoustics and indoor climate throughout schools can have a life-changing impact. The Reopen and Rebuild America’s Schools Act of 2021 is expected to invest $130 billion to help reopen public schools and provide students and educators a healthy place to learn and work. This provides a unique opportunity to build back better and strengthen health and wellbeing among children and teachers.

Co-creating the solutions

We already know that optimal acoustics, air quality, natural lighting and aesthetics work together to impact how students understand teachers, stay focused and perform. Creating these optimal conditions for learning requires product designed to address all the unique needs of education spaces. To rebuild New York’s schools for the future, we must also look for new inspiration that can help provide both students and educators with safe place to grow and work. On September 30, during BuildingEnergy NYC, leading experts will discuss how New York’s schools can be built back better. Join us for an inspiration discussion and meet leading pioneers in the field:

Join us

The session takes place during BuildingEnergy NYC on September 30th, 2021 from 3.20-4.20pm and is organized by the Danish Cleantech Hub. Read more about the session HERE and about the conference HERE.


NYSERDA and the Confederation of Danish Industry Announce Agreement to Enhance Collaboration on Decarbonizing High-Rise Buildings in New York State

June 1, 2021 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Climate adaptation, Green buildings, New York, Renewable energy

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) designed to enhance collaboration on decarbonizing high-rise buildings in New York State. Focusing primarily on NYSERDA’s $50 million Empire Building Challenge, which is expected to leverage over $250 million in private investment in building upgrades, testing, and technology, this agreement recognizes a shared commitment to carbon-neutral buildings and will accelerate New York’s progress toward Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85 percent by 2050 as outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

Lars Sandahl Sørensen, CEO, the Confederation of Danish Industry, said, “NYSERDA, the Confederation of Danish Industry and Danish Cleantech Hub in New York have enjoyed a long standing collaboration and we are very excited to venture on a new large scale project that will transform New York into a more sustainable city. For decades, Danish companies have developed energy efficiency in buildings and we know, that with today’s technologies, it is possible to reduce energy consumption by at least 50 percent. The new agreement commits us to work together more closely towards a common goal of accelerating the green transition and I am confident that through our joint efforts we will be able to achieve more and continue to develop even stronger relationships between New York and Denmark.”

Building are one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in New York State, and integrating energy efficiency and electrification measures on existing buildings will reduce carbon pollution and help achieve more sustainable, healthy, and comfortable buildings.

The signing of the MOU represents a long-standing and productive relationship between New York and Denmark in the advancement of clean energy as an economic driver and critical solution in the global fight against climate change.

Read the full announcement from NYSERDA HERE.

Read about the Empire Building challenge HERE.

Designing with generosity

May 24, 2021 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Green buildings, New York, Urban planning

Generous buildings, public spaces, landscapes and urban plans can change the world. Not as singular iconic gestures but as a collective approach to creating sustainable environments”.

For the Danish architectural firm, ADEPT, the above statement outlines their approach toward architecture. Here, they use generosity as the primary tool, and this has led to multiple projects in the fields of culture, public space, and urbanism. ADEPT follows the holistic approach where all components are taken into consideration. Here, the building is seen as a tool to optimize and improve the social surroundings around it.

As for Adept, their projects have primarily been in Europe but now the US market is calling.

Finding the right partners for US entry

The practice of architecture is a heavily regulated and protected profession in the US. The laws governing the practice of architecture differ from state to state, and any architectural firm must comply with the local state laws in which the architectural service is provided. To comply with this complexity, the Access Cities program have helped ADEPT in identifying potential market entry strategies and partners, that can help smooth the transition into the US market for ADEPT.

Here, Danish Cleantech Hub, the New York lead on the Access Cities program, have identified three potential market entry strategies and establishment scenarios, with the aim of giving ADEPT a thorough understanding of the regulatory issues and requirements in establishing and operating an architectural firm in the US.

In conclusion, the conducted analysis has provided ADEPT insight into possible market entry strategies and potential partners in the US. Thus, Danish Cleantech Hub were able to come with suggestions and strategic considerations for ADEPT that could help ADEPT in making a strategic choice in their potential US market entry.

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

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


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.

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.

Watch or rewatch the webinar Retrofit for Tomorrow – Meet the Danish Frontrunners

October 30, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Green buildings, New York

To accelerate deep energy efficiency retrofits, cities need better collaboration and international knowledge exchange. Strict building codes, energy labeling, and an innovative retrofit industry have made Denmark a world leader in energy efficiency. The historic CLCPA and LL97 climate laws put NYS and NYC at the forefront of the building retrofit industry. During this session, Danish and American specialists will exchange ideas on how to leverage building retrofits and public-private partnerships to support economic development and innovation. Through a series of fireside chats and case study presentations, the speakers will discuss topics such as the differences between doing business in Denmark versus New York, how to overcome the barriers of retrofitting buildings, and strategies to maximize the performance and benefits while minimizing costs.

Watch the webinar: https://vimeo.com/461177435/e9f0ab21a3#t=29m59s

Learning Objectives

  • Apply lessons from Denmark to retrofit projects in New York State
  • Evaluate the full spectrum of energy efficiency retrofit project costs and benefits via case studies that showcase the ‘Danish model’ of project development
  • Carry out cross-sector, multi-stakeholder collaboration for driving innovation and sustainable buildings
  • Identify opportunities to lower project costs and employ innovative financing mechanisms and business models

Key takeaways

  • NY State and NYSERDA is highly committed to investing sustainable building solutions and has many different programs and funding options available for both American and international actors.
  • Denmark is setting the direction towards energy efficiency in buildings with extensive measures for energy efficiency in buildings.
  • The two biggest challenges to adoption, retrofit and integration of existing structures into the new are 1) Lack of appropriate engineering competence and 2) New building codes ‘making’ previous codes ‘unsafe’.
  • Cities are on the front lines – both as a source and as a key solution to a substantial part of the climate challenge, and that buildings are key in tackling climate change.
  • The most cost-effective, long-term methods for alleviating energy poverty are energy efficiency and renovation, which also benefit residents by improved quality of life.

Practical information

  • Session: Retrofit for Tomorrow – Meet the Danish Frontrunners
  • Conference: Building Energy NYC
  • Organizers: Danish Cleantech Hub, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)
  • Date: September 24, 2020
  • Speakers: Anne Svendsen (Danish Energy Agency), Katie MacDonald (NYSERDA), Mirella Vitale (ROCKWOOL Group), Hossein Rezai (Rambøll)
  • Moderated by: Mille Munksgaard (Danish Cleantech Hub)
  • Curated by: Ann Goodman (City University of New York), and Monica Ridgway (NYSERDA)
  • Watch the webinar: https://vimeo.com/461177435/e9f0ab21a3#t=29m59s