The 2150 Urban Impact Summit

2150
3 min readMar 2, 2023

2150 hosts its first Urban Impact Summit, bringing together founders, investors, and thought leaders tackling sustainability challenges in the built environment.

Yesterday (1st March, 2023), on a crisp, sunny morning at Banegaarden, Copenhagen, we hosted our first Urban Impact Summit. We heard fantastic presentations from 2150, NREP, Home.Earth, Normative, and NatureMetrics, outlining their respective solutions to building a more sustainable urban ecosystem. We discussed ideas, strategies, and updates on climate-friendly cities, sustainable construction, and net-zero.

It was a brilliant opportunity to learn from each other’s work and build connections in the sustainable built-environment community. We’re really grateful to all of those that attended, and hope that we can continue to share best practices and build a community focused on advancing the sustainable transformation of cities.

The day kicked off with Peter Hirsch, Head of Sustainability at 2150, outlining the urban context of climate change and how cities, investors, and startups can unlock solutions across various sectors of the urban ecosystem.

“At 2150, we identify levers within urban systems to scale solutions with meaningful environmental impacts.” Peter Hirsch, Head of Sustainability, 2150.

Next up, Sidsel Green, Head of Impact & Insights at NREP, enlightened us on NREPs journey to reach their [2028 Net Zero Pledge](https://nrep.com/netzero/#:~:text=NREP is committed to lead,both operational and embodied carbon.), outlining key approaches to reducing embodied and operational emissions in the built environment, and inspiring us with NREPs “Earth Shots”, innovative projects to reduce impact in residential, office, and logistics.

Following this, Maggie Buggie, COO at Normative presented on carbon accounting and why it matters, clearly articulating the business case for granular GHG accounting, and providing on-the-ground examples of how Normatives work drives meaningful climate action.

Next up, co-founder of Home.Earth, Rasmus Juul-Nyholm, provided an inspiring vision for their project Nærheden, and outlined how they are reshaping urban development and tackling the housing crisis using impact management as a driver for change.

To round out the summit, Kat Bruce, founder of NatureMetrics gave a powerful speech about how eDNA can revolutionize biodiversity tracking and provide critical insights to boost biodiversity and halt the ecological crisis.

Thank you to all that attended and we look forward to seeing more of you at similar events in the future.

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2150 is a venture capital firm investing in technology companies that seek to sustainably reimagine and reshape the urban environment. 2150’s investment thesis focuses on major unsolved problems across what it calls the ‘Urban Stack’, which comprises every element of the built environment, from the way our cities are designed, constructed and powered, to the way people live, work and are cared for. Find out more at www.2150.vc

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2150

2150 is a venture capital firm investing in technology companies that seek to sustainably reimagine and reshape the urban environment.