by | Mar 16, 2017

The project Sustainable Bottom Line is working with the first 45 companies using processes and consultancy to develop green business models. The green business models help businesses save waste and energy consumption and help to increase their competitiveness.

A chocolate factory, a plastic moulding company, a fillet factory and a couple of coffee roasteries are just some of the 45 different companies who have already signed up to the project Sustainable Bottom Line. Through the project, each company gets a customised green business model that can contribute to reduced resource waste, economic gains and increased competitiveness. The goal is that 100 small and medium-sized companies will reduce their material consumption and CO2 emissions.

The project started as a collaboration between Gate 21 and Copenhagen Municipality (Green Business), Business Frederikssund, Fredensborg Municipality and Allerød Municipality, as well as Aalborg University and the Technical University of Denmark.

In line with local climate and environmental plans

In Sustainable Bottom line the cooperation model is built around the collaboration between the municipality and businesses. The cooperation makes sense because it creates value for both parties. The direct benefits of the project are obvious for the 100 firms, but the companies’ reduced CO2 emissions and resource waste also provides a positive effect on the municipal climate and waste goals, as well as green business development.

Since the start of the project’s start, another six municipalities and business centres have become partners in the project. One of them is Rudersdal Municipality.

“The project Sustainable Bottom Line fits well into Rudersdal Municipality’s ambition to help companies achieve better waste separation and energy savings in the form of ‘green visits’. We hope that the project can give the activities some tailored inputs and can give those of us in the municipality some valuable experience for the development of the ‘green visits’,” says Maria Cathrine Nielsen, Head of the Nature Park and the Environment in Rudersdal.

The additional project partners are Gribskov Business Centre, Hvidovre Municipality and Bornholm Regional Municipality, as well as the Gentofte, Furesø and Hørsholm Municipalities.

Along with Rudersdal Municipality, the local Skodsborg Spa Hotel also joined the Sustainable Bottom Line project. The spa is the first company in the municipality that can look forward to a green business plan in cooperation with the Sustainable Bottom Line.

“We are very interested in reducing our resource and energy consumption and therefore we have joined the Sustainable Bottom Line project. We hope it will give us a more formalised and well-thought-out plan for how we work going forward,” says Camilla Hoberg, food coordinator and leader of the project. She concludes:

“In the kitchens at Skodsborg we have worked on the small details of optimising our resources. We have, for example, invested in a waste disposal unit that grinds up 2-3 tons of food waste each month. The food waste is recycled into organic waste and that means reduced spending. It was an eye opener for us to see the value of recycling and think through how resources can be accessed and removed from our kitchens.”

Want to know more about the Sustainable Bottom Line?

If you are interested in learning more about Sustainable Bottom Line, you can contact project manager line.bech@gate21.dk. Sustainable Bottom Line is supported by the EU’s Regional Development Fund, the Capital Region Growth Forum and the Capital Region. The project runs from November 2015 and will be completed in September 2018.

You can read more about Sustainable Bottom Line here