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Bliv Klogere på Tre Cirkulære Trends i New York!

February 1, 2021 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Circular economy, New York

New York har på egen krop mærket konsekvenserne af både urbanisering, klimaforandringer og sideeffekterne fra et stigende forbrug. Et af byens svar skal være at tænke mere cirkulært. Og tankegangen om at øge genbrug og genanvendelse på tværs af sektorer og produktkategorier er ved at udvikle sig til en uundværlig brik i byens bestræbelser på at tænke bæredygtigt. Tre trends har præget byens cirkulære tænkning det seneste år – læs om dem her

En undersøgelse viste for nylig, at New York er verdens anden største by – når det kommer til forbrug. COVID19 har ganske vist sat en midlertidig dæmper på det tempo som produkter og services skifter hænder i byen, men krisen har omvendt gjort det klart for alle, hvor vigtigt det kan være med lokale forsyningskæder. Uanset pandemi er potentialet der, og alt fra virksomheder og organisationer til universiteter og NGO’er har undersøgt mulighederne for at tænke forbruget mere cirkulært.

I New York favner den cirkulære tankegang bredt, og nye løsninger og ideer dukker op på tværs af sektorer og brancher. Et af stederne at få en idé om den store innovationskraft i byen er på den årlige Circular City Week New York – en festival der finder sted hvert år i marts arrangeret af Danish Cleantech Hub, der siden 2014 har været en del af New Yorks cleantech økosystem og beskæftiget sig indgående med bæredygtighedsdagsordenen.

Som optakt til dette års festival er det værd at fremhæve tre cirkulære trends, der fylder i New Yorks bybillede disse år.

Eliminering af plastikaffald og gentænkning af emballage

Kun 14% af den globale plasticemballage ender på genbrugsstationer, og heraf er det kun 9% der reelt ender med at blive genbrugt – og det til trods for, at plastic er et af de nemmeste materialer at genbruge. Som konsekvens har en række amerikanske virksomheder sat aktivt ind for at nytænke plasticemballage.

Et af disse initiativer er Loop Store projektet – et ’zero-waste’ online supermarked hvor New York City er blandt de første byer i verden hvor det rulles ud. Med World Economy Forum i ryggen har store brands som Häagen Dazs, Pantene, Oral-B Click, the Body Shop med flere, udviklet ny emballage til deres produkter som kan genbruges. Dette skaber et zero-waste grundlag, hvor kunder kan købe deres favorit produkter uden at gå på kompromis med miljøet. Samtidig tapper det ind i en stigende forbruger bevisthed om det affaldsproblem nethandel kan medføre og giver os alle en forsmag på hvordan take-back systmer kan se ud indenfor online retailhandel på tværs af brands.

Et andet initiativ er affaldsgiganten Rubicon, som har en målsætning om at eliminere al affald, og som sidste år kunne meddele en stigning på 40 pct. i plastic genbrug. I en case belyser de, hvordan restaurantkæden Chipotle, som til daglig betjener mere end en million kunder om dagen, har omkring 9% plasticaffald ud af deres samlede affaldsforbrug. Her blev det estimeret, at 95% af de 9% plastic endte på en losseplads. Gennem et black pilot projekt, indførte Rubicon et ”Gloves to Bag” program der resulterede i at mere end 625,000 af deres plastichandsker blev genbrugt. Dette har ført til at programmet er blevet implementeret i alle Chipotle forretninger og at deres affaldsforbrug af plastik er faldet markant.

Take-back systemer og leje af produkter

Flere initiativer på det amerikanske marked har forsøgt at nytænke og genudvikle produkter indenfor en cirkulær ramme – eksempelvis den amerikanske virksomhed TerraCycle, der arbejder for at genbruge selv de sværeste produktkategorier. Deres såkaldte take-back system giver mulighed for at selv de sværeste produktkategorier kan blive omdannet til nye produkter, og er dermed med til at skabe et zero-waste grundlag.

Circular City Week New York er også stærkt præget af at New York City er en af verdens mode metropoler. Det betyder at interessen og udbredelsen af cirkulær foretningsmodeller inden for tøj og møbler er hastigt stigende. New York baserede virksomheder som Feather og Wardrobe tilbyder for eksempel leje af møbler og tøj til et købestærkt og klimabevidst publikum.

USA har også en lang tradition indenfor remanufacturing i industrien. Ofte drevet af universiteterne er der i USA og New York en række organisationer og initiativer som sætter fokus på hvordan store industrivirksomheder kan genbruge dele af deres udstyr, komponenter og teknologi. The ReMADE Institute er en af disse, hvor man blandt andet arbejder med virksomheder som CaterPillar.

Tracking af cirkulariteten

Endelig er der i USA gjort meget for at udvikle systemer og værktøjer, der kan belyse produkters cirkulære aftryk, så virksomheder lettere kan sætte en målsætning for at forbedre deres forretningsmodel og gøre den mere økonomisk profitabel og bæredygtig.

Eksempler inkluderer mode og tekstil industrien hvor RFID tracking vinder frem. Dette er en teknologi, der betyder at man kan væve en simpel intelligent tråd ind i hvert stykke tøj, som kan lagre data omkring oprindelse, materialesammensætning, men potentielt også brug af tøjet. New York baserede EON er blandt de førende i at udbrede denne teknologi til nogle af verdens største modebrands.

I USA fylder de jobmæssige aspekter også meget i bæredygtighedsdebatten. I rapporten fra New York Circular City Initiative ”Complex Challenge, Circular Solutions”, som Freshfields står bag, vurderes det, at en cirkulær omstilling af New York vil give byen 11,000 arbejdspladser, og indtægter på mere end 11 milliarder dollars. Denne type beregninger er vigtige fordi de hjælper byer med at skabe det politiske og økonomiske fundament som skal muliggøre investeringer i en cirkulær omstilling.

Circular City Week New York

D. 22-28 marts 2021 indtager Circular City Week New York den virtuelle scene med en lang række af arrangementer, der fokuserer på, hvordan cirkulære løsninger kommer til at fylde mere i New York. Ugen er også en mulighed for danske virksomheder til at skabe netværk med amerikanske aktører og videndele på tværs af sektorer og industrier. Der er både mulighed for at deltage som event vært, eller blot deltage i en af de mange spændende arrangementer.

Læs mere på Circular City Week New York’s hjemmeside HER.

Danish Companies Meet US Stakeholders in NYC Smart Lighting Event

January 26, 2021 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / New York, Smart city

Urban Challenges

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.

Cities have already become testbeds for new and disruptive technologies, and are committed to building inclusive economies, attracting great talent, and increasing citizens’ quality of life.

Solving tomorrow’s challenges today

NYC has some of the largest infrastructure systems in the world, including public transit, water, waste, and telecommunications. The rapid development creates new market opportunities for companies worldwide, as the city search for the best smart solutions to improve multiple aspects of the quality of life.

During fall, the Danish Cleantech Hub in New York teamed up with Gate 21 and a group of challenge owners consisting of the International Nighttime Design Initiative (NTD), the VOREA Group (VOREA) and Long Island City Partnership (LICP) to solve tomorrow’s challenges faster through the international project, Access Cities.

Developing holistic solutions

Financed by the Danish Industry Foundation, Danish Cleantech Hub and Gate 21 facilitated a workshop and gathered eight Danish companies to work with common challenges across based on the 12th Street challenge submitted by NTD, VOREA and LICP with the goal of developing holistic, well-tested and innovative solutions.

Read more about the 12th Street Challenge HERE.

Accelerating knowledge sharing

On November 30th 2020 six Danish companies Ocutune, Out-Sider, Felicity Smart Infrastructure, Photocat, DanIntra and Novalume pitched their solutions at the virtual pitch event in front of the challenge owners and more than 20 public and private New York actors. The pitch event was a unique opportunity for Danes and Americans to join forces and share knowledge and expertise within smart city solutions of the future.

The event can be watched 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.

About the organizers

Danish Cleantech Hub

Danish Cleantech Hub is an international public-private partnership. The founding partners are The Confederation of Danish Industry and State of Green. Danish Cleantech Hub work with a variety of partners including public agencies, private business, universities, and NGOs in order to tell New York the story of the green transition of Denmark.

Gate 21

Gate 21 is a partnership network that can deliver on the goal of being a green leader in energy conversion, green mobility, the circular economy and green digital solutions. Gate 21 test green solutions, based on public demand, which can be scaled and spread across the whole country – for inspiration to the rest of the world.

New Urban Water Roadmap with Tips and Tricks to the NYC Market

January 25, 2021 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / New York, Urban water

Tap into the New York market!

Water is undoubtedly making its way into the New York market. With an increasing urbanization, water has never been more important than it is today. In order to create a sustainable city, New York is investing and creating strategies on how to upgrade and develop their water infrastructure to meet their future demand.

One of the largest developments can be found within stormwater and wastewater management. Here, heavy investments are made to ensure that New York can create a circular city model, which encounters the needs of humans. Investments such as $419 million in grants to improve the boroughs in New York’s water infrastructure, create a demand for the best, well-tested and innovative solutions.

Water management is not just a question of creating a healthy ecosystem and wildlife habitat, it is also a question of improving the overall health of the New Yorkers.

The roadmap will help break down the complexity of the New York market, and is intended to provide a transparent and easy-to-read guide and overview to foreign water solution providers.

Among many things, the roadmap includes an overview of:

  • New York City Water strategies
  • Deep dives into water trends in New York
  • Tips and tricks to market access in New York
  • … And even more

DOWNLOAD THE ROADMAP HERE.

About Danish Cleantech Hub

Danish Cleantech Hub is an international public-private partnership. The founding partners are The Confederation of Danish Industry and State of Green. Danish Cleantech Hub work with a variety of partners including public agencies, private business, universities, and NGOs in order to tell New York the story of the green transition of Denmark.

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.

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.

$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 

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