Danish companies and politicians in New York as city plans to go green

There is significant scope for Danish cleantech in the Big Apple

Seven Danish companies and a large delegation of politicians from Copenhagen were in New York this week to meet with the political heads of the city’s department of environmental protection.

Influential partnership
Frank Jensen, the mayor of Copenhagen, was among the delegation and emphasised the mutual importance of the co-operation. “This is one of the most influential climate partnerships anywhere right now,” he said.

“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.”

The event was hosted at the Danish Cleantech Hub, which is part of the New York office of industrial advocates Dansk Industri (DI).

Massive potential
One of the representatives from the Danish business sector was the engineering and consultancy firm Rambøll. Mette Søs Lassesen, the market development head of Rambøll in the US, told Børsen that New York was poised for significant spending in the environmental sector.

“There’s massive potential in the American market for Rambøll,” she said

“So now we’re starting to position ourselves in relation to the enormous investments that the city of New York will be making in the environmental area.”

New York, like Copenhagen, has recently introduced an ambitious climate plan, which it intends to implement using a public-private approach.

Andreas Brunsgaard, the head of DI in the US, said that models from Copenhagen could be applied in New York.

“Our public-private approach has made it possible to integrate proven business solutions with high-level decision-making,” he said.

“New York is undergoing an exciting transition, and Danish companies can be part of it.”