Collaborative innovation powers renewable solutions
Greater Copenhagen has the best infrastructure, environment and ecosystem anywhere in the world for fostering and commercialising cleantech innovation, and supporting the growth of cleantech companies.
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The best place to innovate and commercialise your renewable solution
Greater Copenhagen’s ambitious climate goals and steadfast legislation drive renewable energy innovation and the transition towards a sustainable future.
Denmark and Sweden are at the top of the Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2017 for being particularly strong within both emerging and commercialised cleantech innovation.
The key contributing drivers for this high ranking include the amount of capital raised by cleantech funds and the number of cleantech organisations. Along with a stable commitment to environmental protection, resource efficiency and renewable energy goals.
Ambition and commitment lead innovation
In Greater Copenhagen you will find some of the most ambitious climate and energy goals in the world. These goals rest on solid rock of stable, committed policy framework and strong political will to nurture new solutions and technologies.
This makes Greater Copenhagen an ideal location for developing and commercialising your cleantech innovation.
Copenhagen – carbon neutral capital by 2025
100% free of fossil fuels by 2030
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Collaborative culture Strong partnerships benefits new technologies
Our triple helix ecosystem benefits your company
Greater Copenhagen‘s innovative energy successes are built on collaboration between government, companies and research institutes.
In Greater Copenhagen there is a long tradition of working together in public-private partnerships. The collaborative way of working, combined with many years of proactive and ambitious energy and climate policies, have fostered an ideal environment for innovative cleantech companies.
In Greater Copenhagen you will find many business opportunities for your company – from business partnerships and networks to open tenders and projects looking for partners or investors.
Exchange of resources benefits all
Greater Copenhagen is home to the world’s first large-scale industrial symbiosis with a circular approach to production, the Kalundborg Symbiosis. The Symbiosis is a perfect example of Greater Copenhagen’s triple helix ecosystem of businesses, research and government.
In the Kalundborg Symbiosis, nine participants including Novo Nordisk, Statoil and Kalundborg municipality, exchange resources like steam and sludge through a series of pipelines. The exchange offers environmental benefits to the surrounding area as well as financial savings and increased market competitiveness to all partners involved.
Innovation tender - Plastic waste turned to resource
The cluster organisation Clean Cluster and Copenhagen Municipality have developed an international innovation tender. The tender aims to develop state-of-the-art plastic sorting and reprocessing plant. The status is a pre-qualification of three different consortia. In Greater Copenhagen you will find many similar opportunities and tenders.
A living lab Ideal for test and demonstration of your technology
Ideal for test and demonstration of your technology
Discover Greater Copenhagen's many innovative labs
Greater Copenhagen is your preferred laboratory for building, monitoring and managing the data infrastructure of cities, and to make them able to handle the challenges of climate change and urbanisation.
In Greater Copenhagen you will find a strong triple helix ecosystem and close public-private collaboration, making state-of-the-art university facilities accessible for test and demonstration of cleantech innovation.
Unique and accessible research facilities
The Technical University of Denmark’s PowerLabDK is offering testing, training and demonstration in unique facilities including a small scale distributed energy system based on physical components such as wind turbines, solar panels, smart houses and electric vehicles. But is particularly known for digital energy solutions, interconnected energy systems and optimised electric energy technologies.
And the synchrotron source MAX IV laboratory and the European Spallation Source strengthens Greater Copenhagen as a global hub for research within materials science which will shape the future production, storage and consumption of renewable energy.
Data access drives new technologies
Copenhagen Solution Lab is the perfect partner for development, test and demonstration of new technologies. Central to the project is the open data strategy, where the municipality of Copenhagen gives access to different kinds of data, that can generate knowledge and improve future urban solutions.
One of the world's most talent-competitive places
A world-leading living lab for urban lighting innovation
Greater Copenhagen has become a one-stop hub for development, test and demonstration of smart urban lighting.
Greater Copenhagen is raising the bar for innovation of smart urban lighting with the ground-breaking Lighting Metropolis project.
Lighting Metropolis is a partnership between Greater Copenhagen’s municipalities and universities, inviting international and local companies to create a world leading hub for smart urban lighting.
New standards for innovation and sustainability
The aim of the Lighting Metropolis project is to set new standards for innovation, uniting public and private sector partners and making city spaces and buildings available to development, test and demonstration.
On top of that Lighting Metropolis’ some 20+ demonstration projects have a focus on energy efficiency, environmental impact, life cycles or sustainability.
The world’s largest 1:1 test lab for urban lighting
At DOLL living lab intelligent controlling and smart city solutions are tested in 1:1 test facilities offering a real-life urban environment with road and pathways, as well as testing of indoor mock-ups in settings such as senior housing, hospitals and schools.
Read more about the Lighting Metropolis project here
A good place to do business Low company tax and Europe’s most flexible labour market
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Low company tax and Europe’s most flexible labour market
Company tax in Denmark and Sweden is 22% and Denmark offers a unique 0% double taxation rule, making Greater Copenhagen the perfect base for business expansion to other countries.
Denmark has Europe’s lowest rate of social security contribution on salaries. The country is also famed for its “flexicurity” labour market model, providing the most flexible employment legislation in Europe.
The term covers maximum freedom to adjust the workforce to fit your company’s order volume without compromising the emploees’ need for security.
Busting the business myths about Greater Copenhagen
Contrary to popular belief, operating a business in Greater Copenhagen is not particularly costly. Taxes are low and staff wages are often very competitive.
Staff costs for highly educated employees, including PhDs, are highly competitive. Also, Denmark has Europe’s lowest social contribution rate paid by employers.
Funding options Many private investors and high public R&D expenditure
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In Greater Copenhagen you will find many private investors active in the cleantech industry, a large amount of capital raised by cleantech funds and a high public R&D expenditure, relative to GDP. Because of these ideal conditions for cleantech innovation many companies look towards Greater Copenhagen.