High-level virtual event explores American-Danish synergies in green recovery

State of Green
By State of Green, September 11, 2020

On 22 September – during the annual Climate Week New York 2020, a group of American and Danish organisations will host the virtual event “Build Back Greener - Principles for Kickstarting the Sustainable Transition through Partnerships”. The livestreamed event will gather high-level speakers from both sides of the Atlantic in a discussion around green economic recovery and public-private commitment to the advanced green transition. You are invited!

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Danish Cleantech Hub, State of Green and the Confederation of Danish Industry invite all stakeholders with an interest in American-Danish synergies in green recovery efforts to join the virtual event “Build Back Greener – Principles for Kickstarting the Sustainable Transition through Partnerships” held on 22 September.


Green recovery strategies will create sustainable growth

“Build Back Greener” is a unique event that zooms in on the impact and nature of the private and public sectors’ commitments to the green economic recovery in the shadow of COVID-19. Participants are invited to rethink partnerships as a vehicle to accelerate the green transition and green growth.

“Instead of simply reinventing an outdated economic model, countries, cities, and companies must look towards green recovery strategies to create sustainable growth that is beneficial for the climate, the economy, and our health,” said Louis Funder, US General Manager, Confederation of Danish Industry.

“We aim to target +500 participants across sectors and countries, from country governments, states, cities, businesses, financial institutions, and the civil society representing local, regional, national, international organisations and relevant initiatives and coalitions,” he said.

-Related news: The Danish government and the Danish pension industry announce investments worth billions in the green transition

Danish solutions much in demand

“Green and sustainable transition is discussed across New York during the Climate Week and companies are an essential part of the solution. Green knowhow is very sought-after and the climate week is a unique platform for Danish companies because sustainable cities start with sustainable solutions. Many Danish companies have cracked the code for how solutions can be adapted and scaled in new markets, with a focus on tailoring solutions to a city’s specific needs,” said Finn Mortensen, Executive Director, State of Green.

Open high-level event followed by exclusive roundtable sessions

The first part of the event will be structured around fireside chats with a specific focus, each with two high level participants and a moderator.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Connie Hedegaard, Chairman, CONCITO (and other). Former European Commissioner for Climate Action, and former Danish Minister for Energy and Climate (moderator)
  • Dan Jørgensen, Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities
  • Kathy Hochul, Lieutenant Governor, New York State
  • Kristoffer Böttzauw, Director General, Danish Energy Agency
  • Ali Zaidi, Deputy Secretary to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and Chairman of Climate Policy and Finance
  • Doreen Harris, Acting President and CEO, NYSERDA
  • Mirella Vitale, CMO & Senior Vice President, ROCKWOOL Group
  • Allan Polack, Group CEO, PFA
  • Alfred Griffin, President, NY Green Bank

The open virtual event is followed by an invitation-only virtual roundtable session for selected American and Danish clean economy leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities within selected sectors.

“Build Back Greener” is held on 22 September at 15:00 – 16:15 CET / 9:00 – 10:15am EST.


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