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Andrew M. Cuomo announces $175 Million Workforce Development Initiative

February 3, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Climate adaptation, New York

On January 7 2020 Cuomo unveiled the 32nd proposal for his 2020 State of the State: expanding on New York’s historic $175 million Workforce Development Initiative to meet emerging job demand. Cuomo putted forward a series of plans, including training centers and programs, that will retrain and prepare Americans for new jobs. The expansion of the Workforce Development Initiative will ensure that American and international employers are able to find and hire qualified workers with in-demand skills in New York.

The Initiative is one of several in New York State to start career and technical education programs creating an opportunity for retraining and preparing people for new jobs that include clean energy jobs like technicians in both wind turbine technicians and solar energy, health care, cybersecurity and advanced manufacturing:

“This aggressive, all-encompassing approach to workforce training will bolster New York’s groundbreaking Workforce Development Initiative by helping to ensure workers have the skills they need to compete and succeed in emerging industries that are quickly developing across our state,” New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said. “With private sector employment at an all-time high, New York must continue to invest in its workforce and make certain that our workers have the necessary skills to work in a rapidly-changing economy.”

With nearly 160,000 clean energy jobs across the state and 8.9 percent clean job growth since 2016, the State’s nation-leading climate policies are attracting private-sector investment and encouraging business creation. If New York State wants to add to the position of being a national leader in nearly every green job sector, the State must continue to invest in upskilling and preparing for an even larger green sector. Looking towards 2020 the $175 Million Workforce Development Initiative is a solid starting point in terms of making sure that high-quality competences are available in the State.

The all-inclusive approach of creating a demand for green solutions while developing the workforce make New York a constant interesting market for Danish companies.

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Danish Cleantech Hub is a public-private partnership, led by the Confederation of Danish Industry and State of Green. We support the visibility and commercialization of Danish companies and expertise in New York and we provide a single point of entry for all cleantech-related activities between Denmark and New York. If you want to get in touch with us to please write to mimu@di.dk for more information.

Circular City Week New York 2020

December 12, 2019 / Posted by Rune GadeRune Gade / Circular economy, New York

The Week You Do Not Want To Miss

The circular economy is growing stronger, with companies working to rethink waste and pollution. More knowledge-institutions are looking into models of production and consumption, and more consumers are asking for more durable products.

In 2019, 64 different organizations and companies was involved, all with the aim to share knowledge and best practices. This year will be no different, and we are happy to say that next year’s Circular City Week will generate even more attention to the world of circular economy, and that even more organizations will be taking part.

ING Financial Services and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, both Pioneer Partners in the coming Circular City Week, will present their recommendations and next action steps on their circular economy journey. Tim Wilkins, Global Partner for Client Sustainability at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer says the following about their situation: “Freshfields appreciates that advancing the Circular Economy is essential to meeting the sustainability goals of our clients – whether they are in consumer products, technology or finance. The challenges can sometimes seem daunting but New York Circular City Week offers a rare opportunity for the leading actors in the field to come together to not only hear about the latest innovations but also to discover novel ways to collaborate. As such, our clients are empowered to achieve their successes at an even greater scale”.

Freshfields has convened leaders from city agencies, businesses, financial institutions, universities and think-tanks to identify key levers of change to aid New York City transition to a circular economy.

Our 2020 Focus

Circular City Week 2020 will take place from 16-22 March in New York. In addition to the events from last year, the coming week will also include activities that are more focused on facilitating corporate matchmaking, emphasizing the importance of knowledge sharing and collaborations across sectors and industries.

From our dialogue with partners and organizations the topics this year will be diverse, covering and appealing to industries such as i.e. the construction and building sector, the cold-chain and food waste industry, as well as the textiles and clothing industry. Companies and organizations are looking very much forward to sharing best practices within the individual sectors and industries.

Over the last few months I have been in contact with more than 30 potential event hosts and we could not be more excited for the 2020 festival. Topics are truly going to be diverse, but I especially see a lot of interest from partners in hosting activities related to circular economy and the build environment, food waste and textiles.” – Tone Søndergaard, Strategy & Project Director, Danish Cleantech Hub.

Circular City Week 2020 warmly welcomes you and your organization to attend! Also, if you happen to have an interest in taking part as event-host, speaker, volunteer or as a regular partner, please do reach out to us. We are always open for contribution, more input and more knowledge on the circular economy.

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If you want to get in touch with us to please write to tone@di.dk for more information.

Partners

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

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

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

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

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

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

Showcasing initiatives

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

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

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

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

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

Strong line-up of prominent speakers

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

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

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

Programme of the event

11:30am: Lunch & welcome

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

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

1:10pm: Break

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

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

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

3:30pm: Reception

Visit the conference website for all he deatils.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New York State 2019 Forecast – Political and Cleantech Trends

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

Clean energy forecast in the midterm elections aftermath

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

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

Governor Cuomo Continues to drive New York’s environmental leadership

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

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

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

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

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

Silicon Valley vs Silicon Alley

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

 

A genuine tech hub

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

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

 

Opportunities abound for Danish cleantech companies in New York

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

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

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

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

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

New York’s Next Nickname: The Big Sponge?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Danish Cleantech Hub in Close Cooperation with Local Partners Advancing the Circular Economy Movement in New York

September 27, 2018 / Posted by adminadmin / Circular economy, New York

Today, four out of five products in the United States are only used once before being dumped, and in New York only 17 per cent of waste is reused. There is, however, significant potential for boosting these numbers comparing them to the world’s leading country in recycling, Germany, where 65 per cent of waste is recycled. Looking deeper into waste issues such as plastics, where circular economy creates new opportunities for waste management, Europe currently recycles 30 per cent of its plastics compared to 9 per cent in the United States. These dauting facts have contributed to making New Yorkers increasingly curious about the new term ‘Circular Economy’.

Business as usual cannot continue – which is why New York-based Danish Cleantech Hub has taken the initiative to create the first ever ‘Circular City Week New York’. A festival of dispersed events, which will share the best circular practices across a range of sectors. The festival will take place for the first time in March 2019.

The backdrop of circular economy is the resources scarcity of the world. Everything is of value – also waste. Reuse, recycling, and recirculation have become new types of business models. Cities, corporations, and citizens have a common interest in creating efficient urban systems which design out waste, create well-functioning markets for second-hand products, enables greater reuse, and promotes a sharing economy.

All the signs points in the direction of this being a new global mega-trend and a multibillion dollar business opportunity.

For decades Denmark has had a strong focus on sustainability, and circular economy is the next innovative paradigm. Especially after the adoption of the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals 2030 – where the ambitions related to responsible consumption and production are defined in goal 12.

At Tuesday’s event, Commissioner Kathryn Garcia from NYC Department of Sanitation, also confirmed that circular economy is a focus area in New York City, but implementation must be a lengthy process: ‘Circular economy requires long-term relationships, where the city and the companies are willing to make investments in order to make it work.’

Emphasizing the need to showcase how the Circular economy is a transformative force to a wide range of industries and urban life, Circular City Week will feature activities affiliated with sectors such as fashion, architecture, energy, e-commerce and food. Circular City Week is dedicated to engaging the business community, academia, public stakeholders, investors, and civil society in pursuit of meaningful impact and change – one step at the time. The transformation to a circular economy is a process, and with the Circular City Week, New York has secured a new vehicle to drive future progress.

Karsten Dybvad, CEO of Confederation of Danish Industry, who together with State of Green are founders of Danish Cleantech Hub, said, ‘Denmark is a world leader in development of solutions with a circular foot print. We hope to engage and inspire companies, decision makers and citizens. We want to visualize that circular economy is relevant also to the food sector, fashion and design, the build environment and e-trade.’

Circular economy receives support from the Danish Crown Princess and the Prime Minister

In her keynote speech at the high-level event on Tuesday, HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark brought forward the textile and fashion industry as an example of a sector that has started a massive transformation. It is a multi-trillion-dollar industry, employing more than 60 million people globally, but it is also one of the most polluting industries, with highly resource intensive production. The pressure from consumers who demand sustainable products and textile employees needing better working conditions, can be turn into a source of inspiration for companies to create new business models and innovative technologies: ‘In the past years we have seen a rise in the number of businesses that choose and strive to design more sustainable products. For more and more companies, sustainability is already an integral part of their business strategy. Not a separate CSR-strategy, but one, which is truly integrated in the core strategy of the business. Fashion and textile companies no matter how large or resourceful cannot overcome such challenges alone. It will take a joint effort by the industry as a whole. But when large companies commit themselves to a one hundred per cent circular business model through the use of sustainable resources, recycled fabrics and consumption solely on renewable energy, they serve as an example for the entire industry,’ HRH Crown Princess Mary said.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen underlined the profitable rational for engaging in a circular economy. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has concluded that Denmark by 2035 can increase the GDP by 0.8 – 1.4 per cent by facilitating a more circular economy. Against that background, the Danish Government published a National Strategy for A Circular Economy in September 2018: ‘We are basing our efforts on proven concepts. For instance, in the Danish city of Kalundborg, we have piloted an industrial public-private partnership where energy, water and waste-materials are exchanged in closed loops. One company’s waste becomes a resource in another company. This is the essence of the circular economy. And it is good business. But it is not enough that we make such solutions in one city. We need to promote this way of thinking to the rest of the world. And we need to show that it pays off.’

The event presented several concrete examples of high impact circular economy initiatives and partnerships around the world, which set examples for others to follow.

    • The World Economy Forum addressed their research on a New Plastics Economy which was undertaken in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and a broad group of corporate frontrunners. The aim being to take concrete steps to design a plastics system founded on circular economy principles. By 2050, oceans are expected to contain more plastics by weight than fish, while the plastics industry will consume 20 per cent of the total oil production. There is an urgency for change – and a strong business opportunity as well.
    • P4G (Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030) presented some project ideas that have applied to be part of the initiative. One of these The Green Logistics City Partnership by Chinese company Alibaba was highlighted, focusing on the booming e-commerce and reduction in packaging waste in China. Alibaba as the world’s largest e-commerce company, distributes 28 billion packages to locations in China every year. It creates a massive amount of waste. In Xiamen, a city of 3.5 million people, a pilot project was launched in 2017 and since then more than a million delivery boxes have been recycled for reuse. The partnership is planning to expand to other cities such as Beijing and Shanghai.
    • LEGO’s shared their circular mindset. The signature brick has been in production since 1958 and has been designed to last just as long – each element can be used again and again, with no end-of-life in sight. More so, LEGO is the embodiment of the most basic circular principles, as it is designed for disassembly and reconfiguration. It is also LEGO’s ambition to refashion the product and build its toys from bio-based or recycled plastic in the future.
    • New York City Department of Sanitation used the event to extent on its NYC Zero Waste Strategy launched in 2016. It is a 4 year strategy to keep garbage from landfills by limiting the use of materials hence to reuse and recycle the rest. The department has now reached 20 of the 46 original initiatives and has among others grown the largest curbside organics collection program in the United States, now serving 3,5 million residents.

 

The high-level conference that was hosted during Climate Week NYC proved that circular economy is rapidly taking off, where both the public and the private sector are increasingly implementing initiatives in the shape of policies, partnerships, and new business models forwarding the agenda. As Ian de Cruz, the Global Director of P4G stated: “There is a demand for circular economy from businesses, governments and civil society. The hard part is now to implement it and I am very optimistic that we will have Circular economy models in the future.”

 

Fighting Water with Water

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

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

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

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

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

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Circular Furniture Showcase

September 10, 2018 / Posted by adminadmin / Circular economy, New York

As to showcase how a range of different design companies and furniture manufactures have already taken on this call for action, Arup and Danish Cleantech Hub in New York are the initiators behind a Circular Furniture Showcase. We believe that a circular approach to furniture and interior design, entails an immense potential to create sustainable and livable office spaces. Well-designed and durable furniture will allow component reuse, informed material choices, and valuable takeback systems, just to name a few benefits.

The showcase was first exhibited at a high-level circular economy event hosted by the Danish Cleantech Hub on September 25th. The furniture was exhibited at stage and used as an active part of the conference. Subsequently the exhibition, in a slightly reduced version, have moved the New York HQ of Arup.

Read all about the Circular Office Furniture Exhibition here.

 

 

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