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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.

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

Ørsted U.S. Makes Multi-Million Dollar Deal with a U.S. Shipbuilder

October 9, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / New York, Renewable energy

The U.S. has long made it difficult for the wind sector to operate within the U.S.
A century old federal law, the Jones Act, has required goods shipped in the water to be transported on ships that are built in the U.S., owned by U.S. companies and operated by U.S. citizens. Therefore, the federal law has complicated the shipping process for non-U.S. companies.

However, with the leading offshore wind company, Ørsted, making a multi-million investment to construct a ship that’s compliant with the Jones Act, it indicates Ørsted’s dedication and optimism in the U.S. offshore wind market. Investments such as these is the next step forward to help the industry grow. Together with Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) and Eversource, Ørsted will execute a long-term charter agreement for a U.S. compliant Service Operations Wessel. The vessel will ease the infrastructure of shipping within the wind industry, and will allow the wind sector to grow substantially in the U.S.

Thomas Brostrøm, CEO of Ørsted North America, Offshore, stated the following:
“It is hard to state what this moment means for this new, multi- billion-dollar industry. The SOV is not only a crucial part of our plans to build out and operate our Northeast Wind Farms, but it represents just how far reaching the economic impacts of offshore wind can be; offshore wind means massive investments for U.S. companies and jobs for American workers, even those in states without active projects.”

To read more on the agreement, click HERE.

Source and picture rights: Ørsted 

Open Call Announcement: Build Back Circular

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


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”.


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.

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):

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

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



Metal powder for 3D printing will help heavy industry recycle metal parts

October 2, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Circular economy, Germany, New York

With Support from Innovation Fund Denmark

Grand Solutions is the program by Innovation Fund Denmark which has supported Nordisk Staal in creating their new powder solution. This solution has been developed in close collaboration with The Technical University of Denmark (DTU), LEGO and other large international industrial giants as associated partners. The goal has been to develop a new and stronger metal powder for Additive Manufacturing – a manufacturing technology where items are built up layer upon layer, such as 3D printing. Nordisk Staal has previously manufactured steel parts via a spray-forming technique. The new product is produced from excess metal powder formed during this production technique and thus also taps in to notions of circular economy and reuse of waste materials.

Read the full press release here (in Danish).

Internationalizing New Innovations

Danish Cleantech Hub in Münich and New York are now working together with The Nordisk Staal Group to explore international opportunities for their new steel powder solution. The new high quality powder is likely to be very useful for international industrial sectors with 3D prints tools and machine parts. This collaboration has been made possible by the Access Cities project.


To learn more please feel free to reach out to:

Tone Søndergaard, Director of Danish Cleantech Hub in New York tone@di.dk

Robert Perz, Director of Danish Cleantech Hub in Münich ropp@di.dk


The New York Smart City Roadmap Is Now Available For Download

October 1, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / New York, Smart city


For the past 10 years, NYC has been a leader when it comes to smart city technology and with the aim to be an equitable city, it has developed a set of ambitious targets for the city as well as smart city projects in collaboration with residents and companies.

One of the largest developments can be found within smart lighting. Investments such as: 500K street lights to be replaced in NYC by smart LED lights by 2025, $7.5M in funding for Smart Street Lighting NYC and $104.1B NYC citywide investments planned between 2020-2029, create a demand for the best, well-tested and innovative solutions.

The US can sometimes appear very complex for foreign companies to enter, but with the new Smart City roadmap, Access Cities and Danish Cleantech Hub New York aim to provide a transparent and easy-to-read guide and overview to foreign smart city solution providers.

Among many things, the roadmap includes an overview of:

  • Top 3 Smart City Trends
  • Top 5 US Smart Cities to keep an eye on
  • New York City’s Smart City visions
  • An overview of must-know New York City customers
  • Tips and trick to entry New York City faster
  • …. and even more



One way of understanding a market potential for foreign companies, is to identify a local challenge within a city. The idea behind participating in a local challenge is to fast track companies’ market entry by applying specific solutions to solve the challenges in collaboration with private developers, City agencies and so on.

If you are a Danish start-up or SME, you are invited to join Danish Cleantech Hub and Gate 21s new challenge program.


Join the NYC Smart Lighting Challenge! Danish Cleantech Hub in New York and Gate 21 have teamed up with a challenge owner in NYC (International Nighttime Design Initiative, VOREA Group and Long Island City Partnership) and are now looking for participants to join the program, which includes participation in a solution workshop in Copenhagen and a virtual pitch finale, where the participants gets an opportunity to pitch their solution towards a panel of NYC public and private purchasers.

The program is developed for Danish companies that produces smart intelligent outdoor light components and producers of Smart City solutions and participation is FREE.

Seats are limited. Register for the program here