Date: 13 Jan 2016, 8:30 - 12:30
Host: DI – Confederation of Danish Industry, H.C. Andersens Boulevard 18, 1553 København V
DABF member Ramboll invited us to make members aware of this seminar, about the green opportunities for Danish companies in the world’s largest economy. Participants learned about the current business climate and regulatory conditions and they got valuable inputs on how to tap into new public investments in sustainable technologies.
The American market for green solutions is experiencing a phase of rapid transformation. Environmental protection and sustainability have historically not been prioritized in the U.S. Price sensitive American consumers and companies have been hesitant about choosing expensive green solutions. Regulators have been reluctant about endorsing them.
But things are changing. Consumers and companies now demand cutting-edge environmental technologies, products, and services across industries and at all levels of the value chain. Federal and state level governments are responding by allocating huge funds for the green agenda. Most recently, New York City’s authorities have grabbed the headlines by earmarking billions of dollars to various green initiatives.
The development presents a fantastic opportunity for Danish companies. Whereas previous efforts have been hampered by the tough market conditions, Danish companies are now ready to take full advantage of Denmark’s position as a global leader in green solutions. Especially because Americans are becoming increasingly aware of Denmark’s proven track record and heritage in the green field.
The program is outlined below.
Peter B. Hansen, Senior Advisor, Confederation of Danish Industry09:10 Setting the Scene for Today’s Agenda
Majken Kalhave, Senior Project Manager, State of Green09:20 Current Status for the U.S. Cleantech Market
Susan Delja, Regional ESTH Officer, U.S. Embassy
09:40 Capturing the American Green Agenda
Lisa N. Grice, Sustainability Practice Director, Ramboll Environ, USA
10:10 Danish Cleantech Hub in New York
Jacob Kjeldsen, Director of International Business Development, Confederation of Danish Industry
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 From Skt Kjelds to Jamaica Heights
Lykke Leonardsen, Head of Climate Unit, City of Copenhagen
11:15 Natural Ventilation for the U.S. Market
Erik Boyter, CEO, WindowMaster
11:30 Managing Water within Cities
Morten Rungø, Head of Department, Urban Water, DHI
11:45 Recap and Concluding Remarks
Majken Kalhave, Senior Project Manager, State of Green
12:00 Lunch and Networking
12:30 End of Meeting