How can Danish and Nordic know-how and competencies play an essential role in making the built environment an essential part of the solution to climate change? An open innovation call in Singapore offers potential for increased export and visibility.
The buildings and construction sector consumes 36% of the world’s energy and accounts for more than one-third of annual carbon emissions. We must rethink how we design, build, and operate our buildings to keep global temperature rise well below 2°C this century, combatting climate change and ensuring the well-being of building occupants and users. We need collective action to develop ground-breaking solutions for waste reduction, energy and water efficiency improvements, and healthy and safe buildings.
CapitaLand, one of Asia’s largest diversified real estate groups, recognises the importance of collaboration with innovators whose unique solutions will help cultivate resilience to withstand environmental risks in the real estate industry. Hence, they have launched an open innovation call with Access Cities acting as a strategic partner for the call. The challenge calls for proposals across the globe to make buildings more climate-resilient and resource-efficient. Two winners will each stand a chance to secure up to S$50,000 in project funding, mentoring by business leaders and the exclusive opportunity to kickstart a viable pilot, test and implement innovations with Capita-Land.
“We have teamed up with CapitaLand as they provide knowledge and not at least physical structures and buildings to act as testbeds for trying out new sustainable innovations and breakthroughs that can help us achieve a zero-carbon future. The Access Cities project aims to connect Danish and Nordic companies with foreign markets to expose the advanced green technology and sustainable urban solutions that these companies can offer. Danish companies have been at the forefront at especially new technologies, services, and development for energy, waste, and water solutions, not only in Denmark but worldwide, so we encourage Danish companies to take part in this challenge in Singapore”, says Jakob Stolt, Senior Project Manager within Business Development at EIT Climate-KIC, partner in Access Cities.
The demand for Danish and Nordic sustainable urban solutions is rising worldwide, and the time is now to be acquainted with the building environment as a central part of our joint effort to reduce the carbon footprint and at the same time explore and exploit new market opportunities.
“We are happy to help and support any Danish companies interested in following this opportunity, and the requirements for participation in the open innovation call are quite manageable, and as we, in fact, have an office here in Singapore, we are equipped to give advice and support for applicants”, says Allan Han-Huei Teo, Managing Director, from Quercus Group’s office in Singapore.
The call evolves around four overall themes that address many Danish companies’ competencies and expertise, thus making this call very relevant in a Nordic context:
• Low carbon transition
• Water conservation and resilience
• Waste management and the circular economy
• Healthy and Safe Buildings
For further information about this call, please visit our website and feel free to contact Jakob Stolt, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +45 28 10 98 92, if you want to hear more about the call.