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Portland–Denmark
Clean Industry Exchange

The City of Portland and the Portland Business Alliance are collaborating on a strategy to build Portland into a vibrant hub for clean industry innovation and advance a decarbonized, circular, and inclusive economy. 

To support this initiative, CSI teamed up with our partner organization in Denmark, the Kalundborg Symbiosis, to successfully request funding from the Danish Energy Agency and the Scan Design Foundation to support a Clean Industry Knowledge Exchange between Portland and Denmark.

Portlanders visiting Denmark

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Danish experts advising COR in Portland

The program includes three components of work in 2022:

1. Denmark Study Tour: In June 2022, a delegation of two dozen public and private Portland-area leaders participated in a Clean Industry Study Tour of Denmark. Portland leaders learned from exemplary projects in Denmark and are bringing back valuable knowledge to apply to local industrial decarbonization and economic growth strategies.

2. Danish Experts Advise Portland Companies: During October 2022 a delegation of Danish experts visited Portland to support efforts to make the City a “Clean Industry Innovation Hub.” They visited three major Portland industries, where they analyzed operations and shared recommendations for profitable decarbonization. From these consultations, Portland companies are expected to make significant private investments in new clean industry technologies and practices.

3. Ongoing Peer-to-Peer Learning: In conjunction with these exchange visits, the Danish Consulate will host conversations to explore the potential for ongoing collaborative agreements of three kinds – government-to-government, industry-to-industry, and researcher-to-researcher. 

The knowledge exchange is providing a powerful, ongoing learning experience for all participants, and helping to forge new collaborations that benefit Portland’s economy, community, and environment:

For example, Portland City Council held this special work session to review the findings and explore next steps from the Clean Industry Study Tour.

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