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Danish Cleantech Hub Climate Week NYC 2018 conference: commercial opportunities in the circular economy

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By State of Green, August 30, 2018

As part of the upcoming Climate Week NYC, Danish Cleantech Hub in New York, US will host the high-level conference “A Roadmap to the Future of Global Sustainable Growth” on 25 September, 2018. This year’s conference will focus on the commercial challenges and opportunities in the circular economy.

DCH NYC’s annual high-level conference, which usually attracts more than 300 guests, has been part of Climate Week NYC since 2014. The conference is co-hosted by the founders of Danish Cleantech Hub, New York (DCH NYC): Confederation of Danish Industry and State of Green.

Topics of global importance
Every year, DCH NYC selects a new topic for the conference that they find to be of global importance and that has the potential to positively affect the sustainability and prosperity of cities. Previous topics include Cities for Global Impact and Urban Innovation for Livable Cities. This year the conference zooms in on circular economy, as DCH NYC believes this global megatrend will become the future paradigm of sustainability. As Climate Week NYC coincides with the General Assembly of the United Nations, the conference will, in line with previous years, also draw parallels to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

-Related news: Best circular economy practices shared between New York and Denmark

Circular economy – spurring the change
”The event will provide unique insights into how prominent and innovative global circular economy champions have taken it upon themselves to spur change. The goal of the conference is to demystify the paradigm and provide attendees with concrete tools to make circular economy actionable. We are therefore convening global frontrunners and thought leaders with first-hand experience and in-depth knowledge on the many aspects of circularity to speak at the conference,” said Louis Funder, US General Manager, Confederation of Danish Industry.

”Circular economy in Denmark encompasses an enormous potential for inclusive and sustainable economic growth. Businesses, industry, and policy-makers are continuously realising the advantages of moving towards a circular economy, as it creates employment opportunities, increases GDP and exports, optimises resource consumption, and reduces production costs. This conference will make these benefits concrete and tangible to the audience,” Louis Funder elaborated.

-Related news: New circular economy tool for companies

Keynote speeches and panel sessions
To shed light on the circular economy, the conference will consist of keynote speeches and two panel sessions. The first of two panels will evolve around the creation of partnership to address framework conditions, innovation needs, and supply chain challenges. The second panel will take a deep dive into how companies can increase circularity by developing new business models, and by rethinking internal processes and operations.

Confirmed speakers and panelists include:

• Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark
• Karsten Dybvad, Director General & CEO, Confederation of Danish Industry
• Finn Mortensen, Executive Director, State of Green
• Katrine Winding, Director general, Danish Business Authority
• Søren Holm Johansen, Executive Director, Ramboll Group
• Janet Ranganathan, Vice President, Science & Research, World Resources Institute
• Kathryn Garcia, Commissioner, NYC Department of Sanitation
• Antonia Gawel, Head of Circular Economy Initiative, World Economic Forum
• Jens Birgersson, President & CEO, ROCKWOOL Group
• Dr. Nabil Nasr, Founding CEO, REMADE Institute
• Tim Brooks, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, LEGO Group

The conference “A Roadmap to the Future of Global Sustainable Growth” will take place on 25 September, 2018 from 4:30 to 7:00pm in the Tishman Auditorium at The New School in New York City. Admission fee is $10 and tickets can be purchased by following this link.

For more information, please contact Klaus Lehn Christensen, Director Danish Cleantech Hub at KLLC@di.dk.

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