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Copenhagen and New York Strengthens Partnership for Green Growth

NEW YORK – DI USA host mayors’ delegation from Copenhagen to promote Danish cleantech expertise in New York. Both cities actively pursue green growth strategies and Danish cleantech companies have a strong case in the US market.

Lord Mayor Frank Jensen and the entire political leadership of Copenhagen with representatives from the City of New York during their visit to DI in New York City.

By Niels Utoft Andersen mail

Green growth and sustainable cities was the overarching theme of a Business roundtable discussion that included the entire political leadership of Copenhagen, high-level leaders from the City of New York and innovative companies from both cities.

Copenhagen is working towards the goal of becoming the world’s first carbon neutral capital by 2025, and New York City has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050 in a bid to become the most sustainable big city in the world.

– This is one of the most influential climate partnerships anywhere right now. Cities worldwide are in a unique position to address our climate challenges, and we will continue to share our experiences in climate adaptation with New York for the benefit of the climate and Danish exports, says Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen.


Public-private dialogue

The roundtable, hosted at DI’s office in New York, touched upon issues like green and inclusive growth, as both Copenhagen and New York have recently introduced comprehensive climate plans, which, through each their public-private approach cover and include every borough, city agency as well as the private sector in the decision-making process.

– Our public-private approach has made it possible to integrate proven business solutions with high-level decision-making. New York is undergoing an exciting transition and Danish companies can be part of it, says Andreas Brunsgaard, US Director, Confederation of Danish Industry. 

A number of innovative companies from both Denmark and the US participated. Among the Danish delegation were DHI Group, Rambøll, Rockwool, Henning Larsen Architects, BIG Architects and COWI. They were joined by New York’s leading climate agencies, the Department of City Planning, Department of Environmental Protection and NYC Economic Development Corporation.


A growing market

New York’s transition towards a cleaner economy has resulted in its most ambitious climate plan to date, called ‘One New York’. The plan commits New York to 80 percent greenhouse gas reduction by 2050 and includes concrete programs and initiatives for climate adaptation, like waste management and energy efficiency, where Danish companies are considered market leaders.

The roundtable discussion was thus an important step in DI’s efforts to expose Danish companies and their solutions to key decision makers. Earlier this year, DI and State of Green’s Danish Cleantech Hub hosted leadership from the two cities to discuss Copenhagen’s cloudburst management plans. New York City is expected to include Danish companies in the development of their own cloudburst management plan.

New York is undergoing an exciting transition and Danish companies can be part of it

ANDREAS BRUNSGAARD, DIRECTOR DI USA
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PUBLICERET: 06-05-2015 OPDATERET: 23-03-2018