||Extending the network of traffic infrastructure is among the main priorities of the development strategy of Region Zealand. An integral part of this plan is to ensure that all efforts in advancing mobility are based on green and sustainable solutions. For this reason, Zealand is interested in participating in innovative partnerships concerning collective and sustainable transport solutions that reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and support the green energy transition.
|Climate change adaption
||Climate change poses an immediate threat to several local communities within the region. Changing weather conditions, rising sea levels, and increased precipitation are some of the factors that are likely to affect communities in the area. Region Zealand wants to engage in sustainable adaption to the shifting climate patterns, focusing especially on coastal protection and coastal embankment to mitigate incidents of tidal flooding in the region.
||Region Zealand spans a large geographical area. The wide distances make digital infrastructure is a high priority in Zealand’s ambition for regional development. Adequate and sufficient network connection is still a challenge in the peripheral parts of the region, which is why Zealand is interested in international cooperation and knowledge sharing on how to best address this challenge.
||The construction of the Femern Belt tunnel, which will connect the eastern part of Denmark and German, starts January 1st 2021. The tunnel will create a transport corridor that connects Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. The OECD has labelled the Femern corridor ”a system changing mega project”, since it will create new transport and trade patterns in the entire region. Zealand Business Hub will work towards developing a business community along the corridor. To support this task, Region Zealand is interested in innovation partnerships that take advantage of the new infrastructure.
||Region Zealand is already engaged in partnerships concerning personalized medicine, focusing on genomics, data-driven health care, patient-reported outcome, etc. This is a scientific field which regional stakeholders wish to pursue even further. The region and its stakeholders are also looking to strengthen the regional expertise within “point of care”, focusing on data driven innovation and bottom-up approaches. Region Zealand is therefore interested in partnerships on both subjects.
||Zealand has a comprehensive bioproduction ecosystem. Some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Europe, for example Novo Nordisk, Lundbeck, Novozymes a.o., have the majority of their production activity in Region Zealand. Also, over the past five decades the Kalundborg Symbioses has evolved to become the world´s first working industrial symbiosis. Finally, in 2021 the construction of the Biomanufacturing Project House – a large test-, research- and learning environment – starts in Kalundborg. Through the Zealand Business Hub, the region wishes to expand the ecosystem by facilitating cooperation between large companies and SMEs.
||Region Zealand wants to play an active role in the energy transition and by the same token to create safe sustainable communities. The current political ambitions on phasing out fossil fuels in the near future means that there is an increasing demand for green and circular measures in regional policy development. Partnerships with both public and private actors within circular economy and sustainable resource management are of particular interest to Region Zealand, as the region’s proximity to the capital gives it access to large amounts of waste, and because Zealand already has a strong community of companies with innovate circular solutions.