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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.

 

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.

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.

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 

Climate Week NYC: Denmark and New York will Build Back Greener

September 25, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / Climate adaptation, Green buildings, New York, Renewable energy, Smart city

Green recovery strategies will create sustainable growth

During Climate Week NYC 2020, high-level speakers from both sides of the Atlantic gathered to discuss green recovery and public-private commitment to the advanced green transition and the speakers were invited to rethink partnerships as a vehicle to accelerate the green transition and growth. With more than 1000 registered participants, moderated by Connie Hedegaard, chairman for CONCITO, speakers discussed topics such as partnerships as a way to support innovation, growth and job creation and as a way to spur investments in sustainability.

Among the speakers were Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities, Dan Jørgensen and Lieutenant Governor of New York State Kathy Hochul, and they agreed on the level of ambition towards the green transition by underlining the commitments by Denmark and New York State.

“We continue to continue pursuing our climate policies. We are not wavering. We understand the threat of climate change – and we’re doing something about it, building back greener, investing heavily in renewable energy, etc.” Lieutenant Governor of New York State Kathy Hochul

“We are firmly committed that we will get through the Covid-19 crisis. The climate crisis has a more permanent character, requiring fundamental societal changes”, Dan Jørgensen, Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities

Global frontrunners

Denmark and New York are both global frontrunners in the green transition. Denmark has been on a green road since the 70’s and New York established itself as a global beacon in the field with their commitment to the Paris Agreement, when President Trump announced his plan for the United States to exit the agreement in 2017. Many similarities can be found between Denmark and New York and they provide an opportunity to increase collaboration further and increase private sector involvement to accelerate innovation and the green transition.

While Covid-19 has created high instability, both social and economically world-wide, it is time to involve, and rethink structure of society and methods to overcome the impact of Covid-19 while pursuing a green recovery. Ali Zaidi, Deputy Secretary to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and Chairman of Climate Policy and Finance states:

“The more we build things together with everybody at the table, the more we will reinforce our collective climate change mitigation efforts”

Public-private partnerships as a vehicle for combatting climate change

Green and sustainable transition is discussed across New York during the Climate Week and companies are an essential part of the solution. Green knowhow is very sought-after and the climate week is a unique platform for Danish companies because sustainable cities start with sustainable solutions. Many Danish companies have cracked the code for how solutions can be adapted and scaled in new markets, with a focus on tailoring solutions to a city’s specific needs.

“By now it’s clear there’s no silver bullet solution to accelerating the green transition. It requires playing on the full keyboard of climate actions.  What role do partnerships play in such circumstances? What are the most important components to mainstream innovative green technologies or in finding new ways of attacking the challenge?”, Jens Birgersson, President and CEO, ROCKWOOL International

Did you miss the event?

It’s not too late! Read more about the event and speakers here.

Or watch the virtual event Build Back Greener: Principles for Kickstarting the Sustainable Transition through Partnerships here.

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

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

Build Back Greener – Principles for Kickstarting the Sustainable Transition through Partnerships, is a unique transatlantic event, which aims to create a platform for the discussions around a green economic recovery and the impact and nature of the private and public sectors’ commitments to the sustainable transition in the shadow of Covid-19. Instead of simply reinventing an outdated economic model, countries, cities, and companies must look towards green recovery strategies to create sustainable growth that is beneficial for the climate, the economy, and our health.

Climate Week New York, is an opportunity for climate experts, political decision-makers and industry leaders to discuss the road to a green and sustainable transition and by joining forces, Danish Cleantech Hub, NYSERDA and State of Green provide a platform, for the participants to share insights across sectors on how to proceed in response to Covid-19, and how to ensure a green, sustainable transition through partnerships.

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

Danish Ørsted has Completed the Installation of the First Turbine Foundations in U.S. Federal Waters

June 3, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / New York, Renewable energy

A Monumental Day

In January 2020 it was announced that the first offshore wind energy project on a federal lease was to start in May 2020 and last week Danish energy company Ørsted and Dominion Energy finalized the installation of the first turbine foundations and it was a true monumental day for the U.S. offshore wind industry. As a first-mover in offshore wind energy, Denmark commissioned its first offshore wind farm in 1991 nd today, the sector contains both technologies and services aimed at all phases of an offshore wind energy project, which creates a growing interest in the US for Danish solutions throughout the supply chain.

Market Forecast

According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the United States has a vast offshore wind energy resource with a technical potential of more than 2,000 gigawatts (GW) – or nearly double the US’s current electricity use.

Additionally, the U.S. has a total offshore wind pipeline of over 26,000 megawatts (MW) spanning 10 states of the East and Great Lakes coasts. By itself, the State of New York has dedicated itself to 9,000 MW of offshore wind energy by 2035 – enough electricity to power up to 6 million homes. In comparison, European States have within the last 25 years installed a collective sum of 22,072 MW offshore wind, indicating the vast market potential.

New Market Opportunities

Harnessing America’s offshore wind resources presents an enormous opportunity to create tens of thousands of highly-skilled jobs, revitalize coastal communities, and deliver large amounts of clean, reliable energy to the US’s biggest population centers.

“Today is a monumental day for the U.S. offshore wind industry as Ørsted completed the installation of the first turbine foundations in U.S. federal waters.” Thomas Brostrøm, President at Ørsted North America wrote on Twitter on May 27, 2020. “I hope today serves as a symbol for what the future of this industry holds for the U.S.”

As offshore wind energy is gaining traction in the US, the interest and demand for offshore wind technology will increase, making the US and in particular New York State a growing market for energy companies and offshore wind supply chain companies.

Want to Know More?

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 the U.S. by providing a single point of entry for all cleantech-related activities between Denmark and USA. Danish Cleantech Hub provides tailored assistance to Danish companies and assists all export related activities.

If you are interested in US market opportunities, feel free to contact Louis Funder, US General Manager lfk@di.dk for more information.

Big Danish Companies Join Forces to Deliver Green Hydrogen Project

June 3, 2020 / Posted by Tone SøndergaardTone Søndergaard / New York, Renewable energy

Container shipping group AP Moller-Maersk, airline SAS, logistics group DSV Panalpina, ferry line DFDS, Copenhagen Airports and renewable energy company Orsted have brought together the demand and supply side of sustainable fuels in a unique partnership with the concrete vision to develop a new ground-breaking hydrogen and e-fuel production facility as soon as 2023 as they try to help Denmark achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. When fully scaled-up by 2030, the project could deliver more than 250,000 tonnes of sustainable fuel for busses, trucks, maritime vessels, and airplanes every year.

The project would use renewable energy to produce hydrogen instead of the current way of using natural gas, before using it to make methanol that could be used in ships and aircraft by 2027. A peak capacity employing a 1.3GW electrolyser to make hydrogen from water, the project could save 850,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually but would need a 3GW offshore wind farm, one of the world’s largest, to power it.

Today, such sustainable fuels come at a higher cost than fossil-based fuels. To become competitive with fossil fuels, the production of sustainable fuels will need to be matured, built at industrial scale, and go through a cost-out journey similar to what has been seen over the past decade in other renewable energy technologies, such as offshore wind, onshore wind and solar PV. As an example, the cost of offshore wind has declined by approximately 70 percent in Northwest Europe since 2012. For this to happen, governments and industry must come together to create a framework that incentivizes private investments in large-scale sustainable fuel production.

Want to Know More?

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 the U.S. by providing a single point of entry for all cleantech-related activities between Denmark and USA. Danish Cleantech Hub provides tailored assistance to Danish companies and assists all export related activities.

If you are interested in US market opportunities, feel free to contact Louis Funder, US General Manager lfk@di.dk for more information.

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