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NYSERDA and Confederation of Danish Industry Announce Agreement to Enhance Collaboration on Decarbonizing High-Rise Buildings in New York State

22. August 2022

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  • The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Confederation of Danish Industry signed of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) designed to enhance collaboration on decarbonizing high-rise buildings in New York State.
  • Focus 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.
  • 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.


  • Challenges of completing energy efficiency and electrification upgrades in high-rise buildings
  • New York State wants to remain at the forefront of the battle against climate change and, through shared learning.
  • For decades, Danish companies have developed energy efficiency in buildings – and with today’s technologies, it is possible to reduce energy consumption by at least 50 percent.


  • The agreement commits New York and Denmark to work together more closely towards a common goal of accelerating the green transition
  • The strategic partnership will support knowledge sharing and investment from Denmark to New York and strengthens NYSERDA’s ability to learn from Denmark’s robust industry of building decarbonization solutions providers.
  • Mobilizing Denmark’s strong clean technology network and encouraging transatlantic knowledge sharing; and …
  • Providing a forum for exchange on new approaches and solutions within energy efficiency, climate adaptation and resiliency to foster best practice sharing.