Fighting Water with Water: First Public Market Contract to Danish Flood Protection Company in New York
Danish Cleantech Hub partner, Environment Solutions, together with their U.S. distributor, Flood Control Barriers LLC, has been awarded their first public contract to provide flood block barriers for Long Island Railroad’s Westside Yard in New York City.
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.