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The Winner of the Build Back Circular Call is Barnard College

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

The Circular Campus at Barnard College

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

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

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

Read the full announcement HERE.

Learn more about the collaboration between BLOXHUB and Barnard College

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

Read more and register for the event HERE.

The Build Back Circular Call

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

Read more about the Build Back Circular Call HERE.

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

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

REIMAGINE-REBUILD-RENEW

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

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

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

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

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

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

Green X Growth – Building a Green Future together!

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

President-elect Biden & Vice President-elect Harris

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

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

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

Sincerely,

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

 

Read more about Danish Cleantech Hub HERE.

NEW WHITE PAPER: Beyond Buildings – Buildings as a key element for sustainable cities

November 2, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Circular economy, Climate adaptation, Green buildings, New York, Urban planning

It is estimated that by 2050 two thirds of the worlds’ population will live in cities. Knowing that urbanization continues to accelerate globally, it is time to make effort in accommodating the demand for cities and buildings that can enable better health and well-being for citizens.

Buildings must simply be re-innovated in terms of design and how we use them. Knowing that buildings account for up to 40% of global waste and 39% of energy-related CO2 pollution, it is necessary to innovate and be creative in how we can combat climate change through buildings.

To combat this rise in demand, it is time for holistic, cross-sectoral partnerships and new technologies to create buildings that enable global population to thrive socially, and physically.
In Denmark, the government has been retrofitting buildings for years in efforts to make them more sustainable, resilient and healthier for citizens. This has made Denmark a frontrunner in the building industry, leading Danish companies toward immense opportunities in exporting sustainable solutions.

The international launch event

On October 30th Danish Cleantech Hub, State of Green and Creative Denmark launched the Beyond Buildings white paper internationally. As part of the launch event, Danish and American experts discussed how we can create future sustainable cities for citizens.

Speakers included Simon Kollerup, Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Janet Joseph, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Market Development, NYSERDA, Kim Rahbek, Chairman Business Lolland-Falster, Karen Roiy, Director of Global Industry Affairs at Danfoss, Neel Strøbæk, Senior Group Director at Rambøll and many more.

Watch the international launch event on-demand HERE.

Beyond Buildings – Buildings as a key element for sustainable cities

In the new white paper, the idea of buildings being just buildings is being crushed. Instead, the white paper puts focus on the idea of making the citizens as the center of sustainable cities. Here, holistic solutions and cross-sectoral partnerships within industries is being presented through a variety of inspiring cases, in both Danish and International context.

“Without the help of businesses, we will not meet our green ambitions. Therefore, we must help
businesses around the world to contribute to the green transition by sharing our common knowledge and experiences. This white paper highlights leading enterprises and solutions that use creativity as a crucial catalyst to support the development of sustainable and innovative practices and solutions in and around the built environment.” –
Simon Kollerup, Danish Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs.

Download the new white paper Beyond Buildings HERE.

If you have any questions related to the Beyond Buildings white paper or Danish Cleantech Hub, please feel free to reach out to Mille Munksgaard, Advisor, at mimu@di.dk.

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

Open Call Announcement: Build Back Circular

October 9, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Circular economy, Green buildings, New York

ABOUT BUILD BACK CIRCULAR

This week, Danish Cleantech Hub and BLOXHUB have made an open call announcement. Together, they have developed the challenge “Build Back Circular” which aims at connecting American companies or organizations, that have a challenge within the built industry, to be matched up with Nordic companies that have expertise and know-how within circular construction.

By conjoining American companies with Nordic, it will create a Transatlantic platform that connects the Nordic circular solutions with the visions of New York.

Lotte Breengaard, Program Director at BLOXHUB says:
“With this program, we are able to put action behind our intentions and offer a very specific opportunity to match Nordic ideas, brainpower and know-how with a visionary New York player”.

FURTHER INFORMATION

To read more on the challenge, click HERE or visit BLOXHUB’s website for the announcement HERE.

For further questions or information, please feel free to reach out to Tone Søndergaard, Director, Danish Cleantech Hub New York, at tone@di.dk.

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.

Open Innovation Call leads the way to the US market for Danish NOVENCO Building & Industry

September 2, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Green buildings, New York, Smart city

New ways to enter new markets faster

In September 2019, NOVENCO was selected among the finalists to provide the best climate solutions for New York City in the Access Cities Open Innovation Call on air quality. NOVENCO came second in the competition and has since collaborated with the Danish Cleantech Hub in New York to seize the opportunities that arose from the finale pitch.

“Our participation in the Access Cities Open Innovation Call has been a unique opportunity to present our sustainable products and energy-efficient solutions broadly to relevant participants in NYC.” John Boss, Senior Product Manager, NOVENCO Building & Industry.

Helping Cities solve challenges

As a part of the Open Innovation Call in New York, Access Cities partner, Danish Cleantech Hub, collaborated with several of the City agencies. The goal was to find sustainable solutions to the air quality challenges in New York City and the city to reach its ambitious climate targets by 2030.

“The Access Cities Open Innovation Call provided New York City with the opportunity to bring together a panel of experts to discuss the important topics of air quality and urban heat vulnerability. The Access Cities Challenge made it possible to hold essential conversations on these topics across agencies — conversations that provided us with the chance to evaluate new ideas and technologies that could tackle these problems with novel approaches. We look forward to continuing to explore ways to test the many solutions this Challenge brought to light.” Paul Rothman, Director, Smart Cities + IoT Lab.

Green sustainable solutions in high demand

Attracting the New York City agencies attention was especially the technically advanced NOVENCO ZerAx fan. The fan has unmatched efficiencies of up to 92%, low sound levels and is in 98% recyclable after its lifetime of 20+ years, which all in all harmonized with the need for sustainable and low maintenance solutions. It is this kind of technology that can help New York City deliver on one of the world’s most ambitious energy efficiency and greenhouse-gas-emission-reduction regulations.

Join the next Open Innovation Call

Access Cities is an international project across public and private sectors, which aims to strengthen sustainable urban development in five project cities: New York City, Singapore, Munich and the Danish cities of Copenhagen and Aarhus. Through the project, Danish small to medium-sized enterprises (SME) are invited to participate in upcoming Open Innovation Calls in Munich and Singapore and to engage in a handheld process delivered through up to 70 hours of free consultancy.

Sign up for the Access Cities newsletter to receive the latest news or check out the Access Cities website.

Registration is now open: Build Back Greener – Principles for Kickstarting the Sustainable Transition through Partnerships

August 31, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Green buildings, New York, Renewable energy, Smart city

Build Back Greener – Principles for Kickstarting the Sustainable Transition through Partnerships, is a unique transatlantic event, which aims to create a platform for the discussions around a green economic recovery and the impact and nature of the private and public sectors’ commitments to the sustainable transition in the shadow of Covid-19. 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.

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 in response to Covid-19, and how to ensure a green, sustainable transition through partnerships.

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

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.

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