"Klimaspring" - Climate adaptation in dense urban areas /// Fact
Project period: 
2012-2017
Client: 
Realdania

Klimaspring is setting a new agenda for climate adaptation in dense urban areas, focusing on development, innovation and growth potentials. Klimaspring supports corporate-driven development efforts from concept to market to make Denmark a leading force in climate change adaptation technologies. The goal is to create better cities and green growth.

To meet the water challenges of tomorrow in a sustainable way it is necessary to not only think about how to develop solutions that manage rainwater in a cheaper and more effective way alleviating the need to expand the existing sewer system, but also how these solutions can contribute to livability and resilience in the city.

Smith is responsible for the daily management of the ”Klimaspring” initiative, which aspires to transform the interest and need for climate adaptation into a corporate driven development effort making Denmark a leading force in climate adaptation technologies, creating better cities and green growth.

Thanks to a comprehensive experience with innovation management and an in-depth understanding of market barriers and enablers Smith have so far, led seven consortiums from idea to proof-of-concept and ready for market solutions. Overall, the initiative has shown that with the right framework it is possible to develop solutions that contribute to creating better and more resilient cities, and still have a sound business case.

Klimaspring is a campaign initiated and financed by Realdania and scheduled to run from 2013 to the end of 2017. Its vision is to harness the interest in and need for climate adaptation in a corporate-driven development effort making Denmark a leading force in climate change adaptation technologies and creating better cities and green growth. 

In order to succeed, we need to develop solutions drawing on all the different agents and areas of expertise involved in managing and utilising rainwater. This means managing not only water flows but also decision and funding flows in a field rife with rules and regulations. It takes innovative thinking and new collaboration patterns. Consequently, our mission is to provide the professional and financial help that makes it possible for corporations to think ahead and across borders, interests and fields of knowledge.

Since early 2014 Klimaspring has initiated, completed and planned 14 pre-projects, five of which have since become actual projects contributing to future solutions for managing increased amounts of rainwater. By mid 2015, Klimaspring stops launching new development projects.

Klimaspring arbejder i mødet mellem vand- og byggebranchen, når der skal udvikles nye løsninger.
Klimaspring blev lanceret ved et stort kick-off arrangement i februar 2013.
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