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Are you looking to establish your business and/or conduct R&D activities in the world’s sustainable epicenter? Copenhagen Capacity is ready to assist you in exploring the business opportunities in the Greater Copenhagen region – free of charge and tailored specifically to your needs.
Denmark has a long-standing tradition of developing and implementing sustainable solutions to the benefit of businesses and society alike. The strongholds found in the ecosystem builds on 40 years of renewable energy policies, collaborative public-private partnerships, prominent sustainable companies, and public sentiment for the green transition, which is recognized globally:
- Denmark is ranked world leader on the Environmental Performance Index (Yale & Columbia Universities, 2020).
- Denmark ranks 2nd in the Sustainable Development Report, measuring countries’ performance on the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDSN & Bertelsmann Stiftung, 2020).
The momentum for green transition is illustrated by the broad political agreement in the Danish Parliament that Denmark will become fully independent of fossil fuels by 2050.
In addition to the national climate ambitions, the City of Copenhagen has established itself as the world leader of green transition by becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral city in 2025, meaning that the Greater Copenhagen region provides excellent business opportunities within all aspects of the green transition. Strongholds in the region include but are not limited to Smart cities, the built environment, and climate solutions.
World leader on the Environmental Performance Index
Yale & Columbia Universities, 2020
Throughout your internationalization processes, our team provides you with the assistance needed to tap into the ecosystem. We specialize in the region’s strongholds:
Increased urbanization puts pressure on congestion, waste, water, and energy management. Digital technology is essential to meet these challenges and support sustainable development. Smart city solutions function as enablers to reach the goal of sustainable growth and increased liveability. The City of Copenhagen actively works with businesses and academia to develop and implement smart city solutions within mobility, water- & waste management, intelligent lighting, and energy efficiency.
In Copenhagen, companies can gain access to unique, high-quality data and electronic registries dating back decades. This has turned the Greater Copenhagen region into a living laboratory for smart city technologies to build, monitor, and manage the data infrastructure of large cities - able to handle the challenges of climate change and urbanization. These labs function as major showrooms, as well as unique platforms for close collaboration between business, academia, and the public sector - a strong tradition in the Greater Copenhagen ecosystem, providing a competitive advantage for developing and testing smart city solutions.
The Built Environment
The built environment accounts for 40% of the world’s CO2 emissions. At the same time, discarded materials from construction and demolition account for around 30% of the waste generated in the EU.
Danish companies are currently developing and implementing solutions that address topics that all contribute to more sustainable construction, including design for disassembly and waste prevention, non-toxic buildings and building materials as well as upgrading waste to be used within the building sector.
Sustainable building design minimizes the negative environmental impact of buildings by rethinking the use of materials and energy throughout the entire life cycle of the buildings. This requires an innovative approach to design and choice of materials from the beginning of the planning phase, as well as a strategy for the integration of technology and choice of building system.
Buildings equipped with sensors for lighting, air quality, climate control, smart meters, and energy management systems enable automated, intelligent control of energy consumption in terms of energy savings, flexibility, and comfort to the benefit of people and the climate.
For decades, Copenhagen has been a pioneer within sustainable buildings, and energy-efficient solutions are widely implemented in both newly built, renovated, and retrofitted housing, offices, and public institutions. The Greater Copenhagen region thus provides a variety of business opportunities for companies within the built environment.
Denmark’s reputation as a nation of sustainable energy rests on world-leading research and development, technological innovation, thorough market testing, and highly efficient production capabilities. Close to 70 percent of Denmark’s electricity consumption is based on sustainable energy - enabled by a smart and flexible energy grid that integrates systems across wind, gas, electricity, thermal energy, and transportation. In the transition towards a fossil-free energy system by 2050, it is crucial to focus on balancing consumption and production and to include a high share of fluctuating sustainable energy sources.
Within R&D, Greater Copenhagen is home to some of the world's leading universities, facilitating an extensive collaboration between knowledge institutions and the public and private sectors, resulting in several testing and demonstration facilities located throughout the region.
The transition towards a circular economy needs innovative business models that can promote sustainable production and consumption. Rethinking traditional ownership of goods and utilizing the potential of the sharing economy creates business opportunities for companies of all sizes. Greater Copenhagen has the ambition to be at the forefront of the transition towards a circular economy, and public-private partnerships are arising to drive that transition.
Greater Copenhagen is home to the world-leading Kalundborg Industrial Symbiosis, a municipality-driven partnership that has been around for more than four decades which includes several private companies, as well as the municipal wastewater treatment plant. In an industrial symbiosis, the organizations create mutually beneficial resource streams from waste products and surplus energy, which leads to competitive advantages and reduced costs. Furthermore, by utilizing what is otherwise considered waste, companies reduce their consumption of virgin raw materials, as well as their carbon footprint.