With the launch of the City Solutions Platform, cities and leading businesses are working together to develop innovative solutions to large-scale urban energy, waste and water challenges.
COPENHAGEN, Dec. 5, 2015 – C40 – the network of world’s megacities –, CLEAN – the Danish cleantech cluster – and the International Cleantech Network (ICN) – the global network of cleantech clusters – have launched a forum for engagement between innovative private sector solutions providers and megacities with complex challenges. This platform of co-creation is to accelerate the implementation of high quality sustainable solutions in cities through project focused engagement and partnerships between the public and private sectors.
Leading cities around the world are searching for innovative solutions to the major sustainability challenges they face, ranging from adapting to the effects of climate change, to providing their citizens with low carbon energy and mobility options. However, many cities face procurement and conflict-of-interest challenges when working directly with the private sector. On another end, the cleantech industry is developing at a fast pace to answer climate needs through innovative solutions in sectors as varied as renewable energy, energy efficiency, eco-mobility, smart cities, green chemistry and waste, water, soil, air treatment. Yet, if many solutions exist, the industry faces a commercialization challenge, mainly due to change management issues and lack of references that come with any innovations.
To answer those challenges representatives of the cleantech industry CLEAN and ICN, in collaboration with the C40 group representing more than 80 cities tackling climate change, have built the City Solution Platform. This forum of co-creation brings together participants from cities, universities/research institutes and the private sector dedicated to develop solutions for a range of identified challenges. The platform design allows a series of regular meetings as well as specific workshops and hackathons where participating cities and solution providers come together to develop solutions.
Through this collaboration, the C40 Cities will be able to articulate specific challenges they wish to resolve and to look for innovative solutions with different procurement models.
On their hand, ICN and CLEAN will aggregate technologies, build consortiums and identify possible project funding sources to accelerate the development and implementation of solutions. “Much like the environmental challenges they aim to overcome, cleantech innovations do not exist in a vacuum. Having the cities’ environmental challenges disclosed directly to the cleantech entrepreneurs will certainly accelerate the development and adoption of innovative green solutions”, says Denis Leclerc, Chairman of the Board of ICN and CEO of Ecotech Quebec, the Quebec cleantech cluster. “This platform brings great value to ICN members as it allows them to offer excellent opportunities to their companies, to find potential customers and partners among the C40 cities”, adds Denis Leclerc.
The project is co-financed at 50% by Realdania, a Danish philanthropic association, and 50% by private companies such as Ramboll, Danfoss and Hitachi. Led by CLEAN, the project management includes representation from both C40 and CLEAN/ICN.
For further information, please contact:
Denis Leclerc, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ICN and CEO of Ecotech Quebec firstname.lastname@example.org
Preben Birr-Pedersen, CEO, CLEAN email@example.com
Simon Hansen, Director of Regions, C40 firstname.lastname@example.org
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group connects 82 world cities, representing 550+ million people and one quarter of the global economy. Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens.
International Cleantech Network (ICN) is an exclusive network of cleantech clusters from the world’s leading cleantech regions that aims to generate new business opportunities, enhance competitive advantages and create value for companies, knowledge institutions and local authorities across cluster regions. ICN was launched in 2009 by Copenhagen Capacity, one of the founders and main partners of CLEAN, Denmark’s leading green cluster. ICN is formally registered as a legal entity in Denmark.
C40 City Solutions Platform – ICN Press Release PDF version