Viegand Maagøe opens Brussels office

With a new office in Brussels, Viegand Maagøe is moving even closer to important decision-making processes and the EU system. The first employee to take advantage of it is an expert in ecodesign and sustainable products.

On May 22, Viegand Maagøe opened an office in Brussels to get even closer to EU legislators.

With the new office, Viegand Maagøe will be better equipped to build networks and solve tasks for the EU institutions.

Mette Rames, Head of Sustainability at Viegand Maagøe, explains: “It is the EU that drives much of the work that companies today have to deal with when it comes to climate, environment and social conditions. A large number of our colleagues today already have a lot of experience working with and through the EU, but it is also there that it is important for us to stay sharp and follow the development. We can only do that by getting really close.”

Michael Scholand, a specialist in ecodesign and sustainable products, is the first Viegand Maagøe employee to be given an office space in Brussels, but more are expected to follow in 2024-25.

Viegand Maagøe Expands with Acquisition of Dutch Specialists

VHK

After years of fruitful collaboration, we are pleased to announce the acquisition of VHK, a Dutch firm renowned for its technical expertise in eco-design and energy labelling. This strategic move enables us to tackle increasingly complex challenges.

VHK stands as a leading authority in Europe, offering technical advice on eco-design and energy labelling. Since its inception in 1993, VHK has been instrumental in supporting the European Commission and member states by providing in-depth analyses and groundwork for legislation and policy initiatives in eco-design and energy labelling, covering a range of products from light bulbs to expansive heating systems.

Søren Eriksen, CEO, says: “Our core expertise lies in facilitating the green transition. We aim to maximize our impact, and currently, the EU is spearheading the green agenda. Integrating VHK into Viegand Maagøe enhances our capacity to address a broader spectrum of tasks for both the EU and our diverse clientele, spanning Danish and international markets. This acquisition aligns with our goal to establish Viegand Maagøe as a premier Danish consultancy with a vast and varied portfolio across numerous countries.”

The EU places significant emphasis on eco-design and energy labelling, which are pivotal for realizing its ambitious objectives for a sustainable transition. Eco-design mandates environmentally friendly product designs, while energy labelling distinguishes products based on their energy efficiency, using an A-G scale.

Natural part of international expansion

Mette Rames, who leads our sustainability department, says: “This acquisition significantly bolsters our ability to navigate the intricacies of the EU’s product regulation landscape. VHK’s team is among the most skilled in Europe, possessing unparalleled expertise that strengthens our position and enables us to tackle complex, technical challenges for a wide array of clients, both private and public.”

VHK, with its main office in Delft and a dedicated branch in Brussels, is set to see an expansion in staff and capabilities, enhancing our service offerings to the EU’s institutions and beyond.

Having worked together on numerous EU framework contracts since 2005, Viegand Maagøe and VHK have developed a deep mutual understanding and respect. VHK will continue as a subsidiary under its own name.

Viegand Maagøe a finalist in EY Entrepreneur of the Year (DK)

Lately, our work with climate change mitigation has been getting more attention. The green transition is and should be at the top of the world’s agenda, and this year we mad the finals for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Sustainability.

Even though we did not win, we are proud to have been selected – especially because EY recognizes not just growth but entrepreneurship that creates long term value with a positive impact on the world. This is in sync with our ambition to continue our focus on advising about sustainability and ESG.

Some of our latest and most noteworthy projects are Klimaklar SMV, preparing the Confederation of Danish Industry’s annual summit, and working with the electrification of the food industry. This increased attention has resulted in the rapid growth of our company; just this year, we have welcomed more than 35 new colleagues.

What is EY Entrepreneur of the Year?

EY describes the award as

a unique global programme that recognises entrepreneurial achievement among individuals and companies that demonstrate vision, leadership and success — and work to improve the quality of life in their communities, countries and around the world.

Integral to the award is the focus on more than just the financial bottom line, as the entrepreneur’s actions are assessed as well. Internal values, visionary management, and social engagement are all part of the evaluation.

The award show for 2022 took place on November 24th in Copenhagen.