Partner Event

C40 World Mayors Summit 2019

Copenhagen, Denmark
9-12 October 2019

EIT Climate-KIC will be participating in several events at this year’s C40 World Mayors Summit organised by C40 in Copenhagen. C40 is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change.

The Summit will showcase examples of how cities are already delivering on their strong commitments and accelerate the bold climate solutions needed for a sustainable, healthier, resilient and inclusive future. 

We are very pleased to announce that EIT Climate-KIC’s Chief Executive Officer, Kirsten Dunlop, will participate as a jury member on Youth Takeover Thursday on 10 October at the Copenhagen City Hall and speak at the launch event of the CBCA Playbook on 11 October at the Tivoli Conference Centre. 


Smart Energy Hack

  • Date: 29 September, 08.00 – 18:30
  • Venue: DTU Skylab | Diplomvej, Building 373A, 2800 Kongens Lyngby

Students, young professionals and entrepreneurs who are passionate about solving critical issues and creating large-scale, positive climate impact are invited to the Smart Energy Hack organized by EIT Climate-KIC in collaboration with DTU Skylab, MI Smart Grids and EUDP

The Smart Energy Hack is an international case competition within the field of cleantech, green tech, innovation and entrepreneurship. Participants will get the opportunity to combine real life energy-related challenges from Danish and global cities. 

Students and startups often have fresh perspectives on these subjects and although it requires further steps to develop the concepts, a starting point will be bringing the findings of the project into play through the use of a smart energy hack. 

The ambition is that the presented ideas can develop into tangible and scalable smart grid solutions to be implemented by municipalities in addressing current issues. This hackathon is a fantastic opportunity for everyone who wants to contribute to mitigate climate change and create a healthier, cleaner and more sustainable world. 

EIT Climate-KIC will work with students from Danish universities on solving challenges from Nairobi, Kenya and Durban, South Africa. The three winning teams from the Smart Energy Hack will pitch their solutions to the expert panel at the Next Generation City Action event on the 8 October. 

Interested in joining the challenge? Get more information and register through the link below!

Registration Smart Energy Hack

Next Generation City Action Tech Bazar and Reception

  • Date: 8 October, 18.00 – 20.30
  • Venue: DTU Skylab | Diplomvej, Building 373A, 2800 Kongens Lyngby

The Next Generation City Action Tech Bazar and Reception is evening of inspirational talks on the role of partnerships and next generation in accelerating urban climate action and a unique opportunity to connect with 100+ young passionate professionals, representing 16 influencers, 14 technology start-ups and 16 groups of students from Denmark, Kenya, Columbia, Mexico, South Africa, Ethiopia and South Korea, showcasing their solutions to urban sustainability challenges.

The programme will feature welcoming words by Line Gry Knudsen, Acting Director of Education, EIT Climate-KIC and a keynote by Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40. 

The three winning teams from the Smart Energy Hack organised on 29 September will pitch their solutions to the expert panel at the Next Generation City Action event during the day.  

The event and reception is co-hosted by EIT Climate-KIC, C40, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Denmark, P4G, DTU Skylab and the Technical University of Denmark.

further information and programme

City Industry Dialogue for Clean & Healthy Construction

  • Date: 9 October, Master Class 9.00 – 11.40 | Market dialogue 12.00 – 17.00
  • Venue for the two connected events:
    • Master Class: BLOX | Bryghusgade, 1473 Copenhagen
    • Market Dialogue: Islands Brygge Kulturhus | Islands Brygge18, 2300 Copenhagen

The expected growth of urban population will drastically exacerbate the need for buildings and infrastructure that already contribute close to 40% of global emissions. The built environment value chain has a vital role to play in responding to the climate urgency we are facing. We need to learn new ways of working and apply a variety of methods and innovation – and we need to do it together, at the right pace and scale.   

This event is targeted at stakeholders in the value chain involved in the delivery of clean construction, who we invite to discuss how we can work together by leveraging on green public procurement and innovation to achieve low to zero emissions materials and machinery. 

The event is co-organised by EIT Climate-KIC, The Municipality of Copenhagen, C40, Gate21, ICLEI and Innovation Norway with support from the European Commission, Bellona, Innovative Procurements, EUROCITIES and CNCA

Master Class | 9 October 9.00 – 11.40 | Arena, BLOX

The master class will focus on lessons learnt and return of experience from initiatives and projects on zero emission materials and machinery, framed in a whole-life approach to buildings.  Interactive panels and presentations will share the opportunities and challenges of joint tenders and discuss pathways for change and alternatives to cut construction emissions and air pollution.


09.00 – 09.10 Welcome and introduction
09.10 – 10.00 Putting Clean Construction on the agenda – Strategies and Lessons Learnt
10.00 – 10.15 Coffee break and networking
10.15 – 11.35 Procuring and Supplying the Clean Construction – Setting the Demand and Moving at Scale
11.35 – 11.40 Closing Remarks

Register for the Master Class

Market Dialogue | 9 October, 12.00 – 17.00 | Islands Brygge Kulturhus

The market dialogue will provide an opportunity for buyers and suppliers to understand and directly discuss their respective procurement plans for clean construction in the short- and long term, maintaining the scope presented in the master class on materials and machinery.

12.00 – 12.45 Lunch and registration
12.45 – 12.50 Welcome and Introduction
12.50 – 13.00 Opening Statement
13.00 – 13.30 What is the Future of Clean Construction?
13.30 – 14.10 Clean Construction Now! Procurement Opportunities from the Demand Side
14.10 – 14.20 Coffee Break and Networking
14.20 – 15.00 Exploring the Supply Side – What are the Solutions for Clean Construction Now and in the Future?
15.00 – 16.00 Discussion on Incentives for Clean Construction
16.00 – 17.00 Structured Networking

Register for the Market Dialogue

Opening of the Reinventing Cities Exhibition

  • Date: 9 October, 16.00 – 17.00
  • Venue: Confederation of Danish Industry | H.C. Andersens Blvd. 18, 1787 Copenhagen V 

C40 Cities, EIT Climate-KIC, the Confederation of Danish Industry and the Danish Association of Architectural Firms is hosting the opening of the Reinventing Cities Exhibition on 9 October.

The event is co-chaired by Brian Kilkelly, Thematic Development Lead – Urban Transitions, EIT Climate-KIC and Hélène Chartier, Senior Advisor and Reinventing Cities Project Manager, C40. 

Reinventing Cities is an innovative global competition that unlocks underutilised spaces to transform them into inspiring models for a decarbonised and resilient urban future.

The exhibition will display models and materials from a selection of the greatest winning projects. The convivial opening will bring together cities representatives, winning teams and more.

Youth Takeover

  • Date: 10 October, 12.00 – 15.00
  • Venue: Copenhagen City Hall

We are pleased to announce that EIT Climate-KIC’s Chief Executive Officer, Kirsten Dunlop, will participate as a jury member on Youth Takeover Thursday at the Copenhagen City Hall.

During the Youth Takeover on Thursday, youth from around the globe will engage in dialogue with each other, city delegates and decision-makers at the C40 World Mayors Summit. The youth will develop realisable and concrete concept suggestions for cities globally, with the best concepts presented to C40 City delegates at the main event. The suggestions relate to three challenges: climate knowledge and education, climate career and jobs in the future and the youth’s access to power and participation on the climate agenda – all formulated by the youth themselves. 

Further information on the event

Systemic change in our food system - Data as change driver in public procurement of food

  • Date: 10 October, 13.00 – 17.00
  • Venue: Copenhagen House of Food | Ingerslevsgade 44, 1705 Copenhagen V

The changing climate and demographics of our planet bring to life the need for a rapid shift in diets and agricultural practices. To reach the targets of the 2015 Paris Agreement and the climate change objectives for 2030, habits, production systems, metrics and governance will have to change drastically.

Alongside the private foodservice market, public sector institutions – hospitals, care homes, schools, universities and canteens in government buildings – represent a significant part of the procurement of any national food economy. Green public procurement of food provides the opportunity to drive local and regional food economies towards more sustainable paths.

The conversion to organic production has been relatively easy in terms of measurement and baselining but measuring CO2 and other emissions is complicated in terms of data availability. We need methodological consensus in order to educate procurement officers, kitchens and consumers to make informed choices necessary to transform the food system at the scale that is needed – and we need LCAs on more product groups encompassing sustainable production methods.

The event Systemic change in our food system is hosted by EIT Climate-KIC and Copenhagen House of Food with the aim to gather stakeholders involved in the food value chain around public meals. We want to facilitate the development and shift towards sustainable food systems with public procurement in the forefront. The event is designed to help us answer the burning questions around reliable validation and verification of the actual sustainability of our food choices.


13.00 Introduction by EIT Climate-KIC and Copenhagen House of Food
13.20 Three inspirational talks on data, validation and verification (8-10 minutes each including Q&A)
14.00 Facilitated workshop with the aim to provide insights to the above challenges
16.00 Harvesting knowledge with feedback from workshop participants
16.30 Collecting viewpoints and pointing out next steps
17.00 Refreshments and snacks

More information and registration

Launch of CBCA Playbook - Accelerating Climate Action Through City Business Collaboration

  • Date: 11 October, 12.30 – 13.00
  • Venue: Tivoli Conference Centre

We are pleased to announce that EIT Climate-KIC’s Chief Executive Officer, Kirsten Dunlop, will speak about the importance of finding new ways of cities and business working together to drive the systemic change needed to address the climate emergency at the launch event of the CBCA Playbook.

The CBCA playbook is a comprehensive ‘how to’ guide for cities to develop a City Business Climate Alliance. The latest science has shown that we must act urgently to limit global warming to a 1.5 degree pathway. In response, cities are stepping up; declaring climate emergencies and developing and implementing ambitious climate action plans. Business are also advancing on their climate agenda –  over 600 businesses have committed to science based targets. For the first time in history, targets set by mayors across the globe align to commitments made by CEOs.

But to deliver change at the speed we need to secure the prosperous and climate safe future we all want, city governments and businesses need to work together in strategic and long-term partnerships to drive down emissions. Designed to be a blueprint for city officials, the City Business Climate Alliances guide provides the concrete steps needed to form a successful partnership; the core principles behind such a partnership, and how partnerships between cities and the private sector can help address cities’ mitigation, adaptation and resiliency challenges.

Open Innovation Day

  • Date: 11 October, 11.30 – 15.00
  • Venue: House of Green | Vesterbrogade 1E, 1620 Copenhagen V

During this Open Innovation Day, we will crown the winner for the recently launched Open Innovation Call in Copenhagen targeting Air Quality and Urban Heat Island Effect  by Access Cities for more sustainable solutions in Copenhagen and other cities with the same challenges. 

Access Cities  is a Global Alliance for Sustainable Urban Development. Currently running in New York City, Munich, Singapore and the two Danish cities of Copenhagen and Aarhus, the programme aims to solve city problems through multi-stakeholder challenges and open innovation as a way of accelerating technology and solution knowledge sharing between cities as well as offering better testing opportunities for vendors. The Alliance also includes the Chinese cities of Beijing and Shanghai.

The Open Innovation Day event will create direct matches between key challenge owners in the markets and global solution providers. City representatives from the project cities will post city challenges and the participants in the event will have the opportunity to speed date the city representatives in order to share knowledge and form initial connections.

In autumn 2019, Access Cities partnered with the City of Copenhagen to solve the pressing issue of air pollution and urban heat island effect in Copenhagen. At the event, you are invited to participate in the Pitch Final and Award Show. Here the finalists will be invited to deliver their final pitch to the judging panel consisting of high-level representatives from the City of Copenhagen and prominent Danish companies.


11.30 Registration & Refreshments
12.00 Welcome and Opening keynotes
12.25 City challenges & speed dating
13.35 Break
13.45 Finalist pitches
14.20 Judging panel withdraws to vote
14.40 Award ceremony
15.00 Reception

Register for the event

About the C40 World Mayors Summit

C40’s milestone event, the C40 Mayors Summit, will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark on 9-12 October 2019. The event will gather C40 mayors and deputy mayors, city delegates, climate experts, influencers, business leaders committed to take climate actions, innovators, change makers and citizens, inviting everyone to take the bold and required actions to meet the 1.5°C target. 

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