Sustainable Bottom Line

There is huge potential for a much higher degree of resource efficiency in Danish companies. A report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation shows that a conversion to a circular economy in Denmark by 2035 will mean up to 13,000 extra jobs, a reduced CO2 footprint of three to seven percent and reduced resource consumption of up to 50 percent. The project Sustainable Bottom Line would like to boost this development.

Sustainable Bottom Line provides 100 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Capital Region with the chance to develop a green business model to enhance energy and resource efficiency, competitiveness and the bottom line. The companies offer a structured process with potential analysis, consultancy and process support, culminating in a green business model. The project has a goal that the 100 green business firms must be able to reduce material consumption by approximately 2,500 tons and CO2 emissions by approximately 13,300 tons.

The direct benefits of the project are obvious for the top 100 companies, but the companies’ reduced CO2 emissions and resource consumption also provide a positive effect on the municipality’s climate and waste targets and green business development. And this is precisely why local authorities play a role in working with their companies in the Sustainable Bottom Line project.

The project builds on the Carbon20 project where 119 SMEs realized an average CO2 emissions saving of 22 percent per firm.




Copenhagen Municipality, Fredensborg Municipality, Allerød Municipality, Furesø Municipality, Frederikssund Erhverv, Denmarks Technical University (DTU), Aalborg University (AAU’s campus in Copenhagen) and Gate 21. Aside from the 100 firms, Sustainable Bottom Line collaborates with Hvidovre Municipality, Gribskov Business Centre, Hørsholm Municipality and Bornholm Municipality, as well as Dansk SymbioseCenter, The Danish Federation of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, The Confederation of Danish Enterprise, Vaeksthus Copenhagen, CPH Business Laboratory & Climate, Energy Saving Secretariat and the Compress project and Bæredygtig Business.


The total project budget is 26.5 million DKK, of which the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, Growth Forum Capital and Capital Region of Denmark supports the project with about 17 million DKK.


October 2015 – August 2018

Project leader

Gate 21

More information

Line Bech, project leader Sustainable Bottom Line

The project is supported by: