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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.

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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.


Nordic Metals – exploring the US market

June 8, 2021 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Circular economy, New York

Nordic Metals

Nordic Metals is a Danish company producing high-quality metal powder for additive manufacturing and 3D printing of recycled materials. Nordic Metals (also known as Nordisk Staal) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) have developed a new set of high-quality metal powders of recycled material. Using new production methods, Nordic Metals extends the lifecycle of metals, allowing the metal to be reused again and again without compromising the high quality.

Nordic Metals’ circular ecosystem of steel has already gained much attention. However, Nordic Metals’ business has primarily been in Europe, but now the US market is calling.

Exploring the US market and access to key stakeholders

For Nordic Metals, the US is a new and unexplored market. As with any new market, the potential is uncertain and complex. To comply with this complexity, the Access Cities program has helped Nordic Metals identify potential key stakeholders, which can help clarify the potential of the US market and smooth the transition into the market.

Danish Cleantech Hub, the New York lead on the Access Cities program, has helped Nordic Metals explore the potential and the US market through identification and access to key stakeholders. The program gives Nordic Metals a thorough understanding of and access to key stakeholders in the market.

The conducted analysis has provided Nordic Metals with insight into key stakeholders in the US, and the opportunity to directly interact with these key stakeholders on topics relevant to their market entry. The key stakeholders that Nordic Metals got in contact with includes US Metal Powder Industries Federation, US National Institute of Standards and Technology, Manufacturing and Materials Joining Innovation Center, Penn State University, and America Makes. Thus, Danish Cleantech Hub provided exclusive access to key stakeholders and insight for Nordic Metals that support Nordic Metals in making a strategic choice regarding their potential US market entry.

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

Suncil – A growing leader in delivering sustainable solar powered street lighting

June 2, 2021 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / New York, Smart city, Urban planning

Rising populations, aging infrastructure, and climate change pose serious challenges for cities across the world. With 70 percent of cities already dealing with the effects of climate change, and a projected 68 percent of the world projected to be living in cities by 2050, smart cities and urban technologies are essential investments for a sustainable and equitable urban future.

One company that can provide smart city technology is Suncil.

Suncil is a Danish producer of solar powered street lighting and solar column solutions, which includes standalone solar powered luminaire that provides light throughout the night, regardless of the previous days’ weather conditions. Their innovative lighting technology, aesthetically pleasing product design and their aim for the best possible solutions – for both their customers and for their planet, has made Suncil a growing leader in delivering sustainable solar powered street lighting.

Suncil has recently been acquired by MAKEEN Energy, and this has created an increase in production capacity and reduced distribution time. Due to this acquisition, Suncil is now seeking new business opportunities in the US.

To gain a better understanding of the American market, Suncil has reached out to Danish Cleantech Hub, the American lead in the Access Cities project, to seek consultancy on possible company growth and market expansion strategy.

Due to Suncil’s product, the analytical scope will be focused on the “sunshine” states California, Nevada and Florida. Here, Danish Cleantech Hub will provide an overview of which approvals and jurisdictions the products must fulfil within the different states.

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

Interested in exploring the market opportunities for smart city technologies? Download our smart city roadmap HERE.

Clean the Air We Breathe With Photocat

June 2, 2021 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Climate adaptation, New York, Smart city

A Danish company like no other

Photocat is a Danish company founded in 2009 and has a product like no other.

What separates Photocat from other companies is their unique solution, NOxOff, that can help clean the air we breathe. NOxOFF is a specially formulated coating for concrete, bitumen roofing, and asphalt road surfaces. It is a cost effective TiO2 based photocatalytic product. Activated by natural sunlight and cleaned by the rain, giving us clean air to breathe. NOx particles are turned into nitrate, helping fertilize the soil.

This has resulted in several projects in Europe where their product is easily implemented and can help clean the air in populated areas, and thus, improve the quality of life for citizens.

While Photocat has been active in Europe for years their next goal is the American market.

Leading the way into the American market

To gain insight into the American market, Photocat partnered up with the Access Cities project. Here, Danish Cleantech Hub New York, the American lead in the Access cities project, provided Photocat with an analysis of relevant partners and stakeholders in North America with a particular focus on New York State. The intention of the analysis was to create a basis for decision making regarding expanding business activities in the US.

To ensure that the potential partners were identified from the right set of criteria, Danish Cleantech Hub created a segmentation process where the reviewed partners of interest were rated on five parameters based on the companies’ self-perception and how they market themselves.

The partner analysis resulted in an identification of 30 potential partners in the US, whereof 12 companies were identified as tier 1 and 18 companies as tier 2.

In the stakeholder analysis, Photocat received an overview of public stakeholders in New York. The aim of the analysis was to provide Photocat with tools and knowledge of how, and whom, they should target in the New York market. The analysis led to an overview of three public stakeholders, which could have a high interest and high influence regarding Photocat and their products.

Conclusively, the conducted analysis has provided Photocat insight into potential partners in the US and public stakeholders in New York state, that they should know of. Thus, Danish Cleantech Hub were able to come with suggestions and strategic considerations for Photocat that could help Photocat in making a strategic choice in their potential US entry.

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

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.

Watch the Kick-off Webinar for the NYC-CPH Dual Urban Water Vision Challenge

March 8, 2021 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / New York, Urban water

The NYC-CPH Dual Urban Water Vision Challenge

In case you missed out on the kick-off webinar, you now have the opportunity to watch (or even re-watch) the event HERE. 

On February 23rd New York and Copenhagen joined forces during their first kick-off webinar for the NYC-CPH dual urban water vision challenge. The kick-off webinar was an opportunity for Danish and American companies to tap into the water challenges in Copenhagen and New York.

During the kick-off webinar, the challenge owners presented the overall challenge question:

“How can innovative stormwater treatment and reuse practices help urban areas address the challenge of flooding and recreational water quality exacerbated by shifts in rain patterns caused by climate change?

Both cities have been feeling the effects of climate change and is now seeking solutions to prevent and adapt for future stormwater. For Copenhagen, stormwater management has never been more important than it is today. The city is experiencing cloudburst more often and more severe than normally, and this leads to severe flooding in the streets of Copenhagen.

For New York, the wake-up call took place in the aftershock of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Hurricane Sandy had left millions of New Yorkers waking up to an overflooded Manhattan, and so, New York and Copenhagen have come together to seek solutions that can meet the future demand of the cities and help prevent the cities landscape from severe storm damage.

The kick-off event that took place on February 23rd had 35+ number of companies from all over the world participating to hear the challenges that the cities are seeking solutions for. During the next weeks, the companies will have the opportunity to participate in the two workshops that will clarify and prepare the companies for the pitch finale in May.

Click HERE to watch the kick-off webinar for the NYC-CPH Dual Urban Water Vision Challenge!

For further information on the NYC-CPH Dual Urban Water Vision Challenge, click HERE.

It is not too late to participate in the challenge!

In the upcoming weeks you will have the opportunity to participate in the two workshops, where you will get to dive into the challenge, brainstorm ideas and discuss potential solutions with fellow minded peers. The aim of the co-creation workshops is for multi-sector groups to co-develop several potential feasible solution ideas to the city challenge, to be later pitched to a panel of senior city stakeholders.

REGISTER for the two workshops to learn about the challenges in more detail and what the process and key dates of activities for you to get involved in.

Key Dates 
Workshop 1 ‘Ideation, Brainstorming and Prioritization’: Wednesday 14th April 15:00-17:00 CET (09:00-11:00 EDT)
The first workshop will focus on detailed presentations from both NYC and CPH on the challenges and will allow the participants to have the first focused Q&As. The participating companies will then get 2-3 minutes to pitch their company/technology to the other participants. Following this, the companies will be encouraged to match-up and invited onto the online digital platform space. Here, the companies will work in groups and brainstorm initial solution ideas in breakout rooms. The goal isn’t a perfect idea, it’s lots of ideas, collaboration, and openness to wild solutions. The only way to get to good ideas is to have lots to choose from.

Workshop 2 ‘Developing one idea for the pitch session’: Wednesday 28th April 15:00-18:00 (09:00-11:00 EST).
In the second workshop, the companies will dive into how to present their pitch. A pitch is a great way to communicate an idea, how it works, why it counts, and who it benefits. And in the process of making it, participants will clarify the key elements of their idea and refine how they talk about them. A pitch is a primary way that they will present their idea, and they will be using it to convince different types of people—from other companies to potential city officials to rally to their cause.

Pitching Session: May (exact date TBC).
The participating companies will be able to present the co-creation solutions in front of a panel of judges including the city representatives. More to come on the date and time – as well as the venue setup for the final pitching session.

Deadline for applying to take part in the workshops is 9th April 2021. Register for the workshops HERE. 

About Access Cities

Access Cities is an international, public-private project, which aims to strengthen sustainable urban development in five project cities: New York City, Singapore, Munich and the Danish cities of Copenhagen and Aarhus. The project connects actors working with sustainable urban development in the pursuit of game-changing solutions to common issues confronting cities.

Interested in knowing more about urban water opportunities in the US?

Download the Urban Water roadmap, to discover the latest trends, strategies, and initiatives within the New York market.

Download the Urban Water roadmap HERE.

New York og København Samler Vandene Til en Ny Urban Water Challenge!

February 4, 2021 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / New York, Urban water

NYC-CPH Dual Urban Water Vision Challenge

Siden 2015 har New York og København samarbejdet om at håndtere og innoverer løsninger indenfor de fælles klimaudfordringer byerne står overfor. 2021 er ikke anderledes, og de to byer har nu annonceret ’The NYC-CPH Dual Urban Water Vision Challenge’.

Innovationskaldet er blevet udviklet af the New York State Department of Environmental Protection, Dansk Industri’s kontor i USA (Danish Cleantech Hub), Clean Cluster og Københavns kommune, og formålet med innovationskaldet er at udvikle ideer/løsninger til bedst muligt at undgå oversvømmelser i byområder, samtidig med at udnytte det overskydende regnvand gennem genbrugs teknikker og undgå skader på den overordnede offentlige sundhed.

Begge byer har været udsat for klimaudfordringer i form af kraftig nedbør. For København har det været en stigning af skybrud, der har ført til voldsomme oversvømmelser i bybilledet. I New York var det orkanen Sandy i 2012 der åbnede New York’ernes øjne for klimaudfordringerne, da byen vågnede op til et oversvømmet Manhattan. Der er derfor en fælles interesse i at udvikle de bedste teknologier til at overkomme dette, og finde løsninger hvor stormvejr ikke ses som en trussel men i stedet som en brugbar ressource.

The NYC-CPH Dual Urban Water Vision er det tredje samarbejde New York og Danmark har i et halvt år, og belyser endnu engang hvilke muligheder det skaber for amerikanske og danske aktører når man samarbejder på tværs af Atlanten.

Innovationskaldet er en god mulighed for danske virksomheder til at tappe ind, og fremvise de danske, bæredygtige teknologier og løsninger indenfor vand. Danmark har i en lang årrække været fremme på vandområdet, og der er derfor stor interesse fra amerikansk side i at indgå i et samarbejde hvor der kan blive vidensdelt og inspireret indenfor vandteknologi.

Læs mere om the NYC-CPH Dual Urban Water Vision Challenge HER.

Deltag i de to workshops!

Du har nu mulighed for at deltage i de forberedende workshops, hvor der vil blive dykket ned i det overordnede challenge spørgsmål, potentielle ideer og hvordan du som virksomhed bedst kan pitche din teknologi/ide. Formålet med de to workshops er for virksomheder på tværs af sektorer at arbejde sammen og udvikle potentielle løsninger til udfordringen. Derudover er formålet også at forberede virksomhederne bedst muligt for den afsluttende pitch finale i maj.

Registrer din deltagelse HER og dyk nærmere ned i udfordringen og hvilke datoer der er vigtige for dig som virksomhed.

Vigtige datoer

Workshop 1 “Ideer, brainstorming og priotering’: Onsdag d. 14 april 15:00-17:00 CET (09:00-11:00 EDT). 
I den første workshop vil fokus være på en mere detaljeret præsentation af de byudfordringer New York og København står overfor, og her vil der være mulighed for en mere detaljeret spørgerunde. De deltagende virksomheder vil få 2-3 minutter hver til at pitche deres teknologi/virksomhed til de resterende deltagere, og efter dette vil virksomhederne blive matchet og inviteret ind i breakout rooms. I breakout rooms vil de forskellige virksomheder diskutere og brainstorme potentielle løsninger.

Workshop 2 ‘Udvikling af en ide til pitch eventet’: Onsdag d. 28 april 15:00-18:00 (09:00-11:00 EDT).
I den anden workshop, vil virksomhederne dykke ned i præsentationen af et pitch. En pitch er en god mulighed for at kommunikere en ide, hvordan ideen virker og hvorfor netop denne ide er vigtig og skaber merværdi for partneren. I processen af pitchudviklingen vil deltagerne uddybe deres hovedpointer i deres ide, og få hjælp til at pitche den bedst muligt. Hovedformålet med denne workshop er at forberede de deltagende virksomheder bedst muligt til det afsluttende pitch event i maj, hvor de hver især vil få mulighed for at præsentere deres ide til et panel bestående af amerikanske og danske beslutningstagere.

Deadline for at tilmelde sig workshops er d. 9 april, og du kan registrere din deltagelse HER. 

Om Challenge Partnerne

Denne challenge er bragt af Access Cities programmet, og partnerne består af Københavns Kommune, Dansk Industri’s kontor i USA (Danish Cleantech Hub), The New York State Department of Environmental Protection og Clean Cluster.

Interesseret i det amerikanske vand marked?

Dansk Industri’s kontor i USA har for nyligt publiceret et nyt vand roadmap. Roadmappet indeholder tips og tricks til det amerikanske marked, hvilke trends der fylder lige nu, hvilke stakeholders man skal være opmærksom på og meget mere.

Download DI USA’s Urban Water Roadmap HER