COWI is a leading international consulting group. We provide state-of-the-art services within engineering, environmental science and economics with due consideration for the environment and society. We specialise in advising on projects relating to climate change as a part of our business concept and because we know that our involvement in these projects will have a positive influence on decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. This is our way of joining the fight against global warming. COWI has 7300 employees based in COWI companies, subsidiaries and project offices all around the world.
As the Maltese become wealthier and welcome more tourists, the island’s waste volumes increase. Therefore, the Maltese government has decided to construct a modern, energy-efficient waste incineration plant with an expected annual capacity of some 200,000 tonnes of waste. COWI acts as client consultant on the project.
Nordea’s new headquarters in Ørestad, close to the city of Copenhagen, consist of 47,000 m² with 2,500 office stations designed to the highest LEED standard – LEED Platinum standard with an energy usage of 41 kWh/m2 pr. year. It has 1.870 m² solar cells. Micro shades in the glass roof block 90 per cent of […]
Up to 16.5m3 of water flows through the Abu Hamour drainage tunnel every second, meaning it could drain an Olympic swimming pool in around two and a half minutes. The project involves the design and construction of a storm water tunnel and access shafts in Doha along the route of the proposed F-Ring Road from […]
Image: Tækker Group The town of Nye is an urban development project focusing on sustainability and ‘liveability’, not least in the form of visionary water and climate management with more nature, biodiversity and water in the urban environment. Among the aims are to handle all rainwater from the town, protect against flooding, integrate water into the […]
Sollihøgda Plussby is an ambitious environmental project, which aims to provide the Oslo region with smart and sustainable solutions. The pilot project is just outside Oslo and could potentially house 30,000 people and provide 15,000 jobs if the Ringeriksbanen line opens a station on this section. The aim is to create Europe’s first ‘Plus City’, […]
A large biomass power plant project in Namibia aims to reduce the use of fossil fuels, restore the savanna and boost the local economy. COWI is consultant on the project, which is funded by the European Investment Bank and EU Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund.
A Danish district heating system in Shangri-La is setting new standards for energy-efficient and emission-free heat production in China. COWI and ABB are playing a key role in the project, which has been financed by a Danida loan.
Flood protection measures in Copenhagen, Denmark, are to protect citizens from future flooding caused by torrential rain. Together with two partners, COWI won an idea competition with an innovative proposal for how a park can protect a Copenhagen quarter from future flooding.
Cycling provides many advantages. It is healthy, sustainable and reduces the congestion of cars in the cities. This makes investments in better biking facilities beneficial. Promotion of bicycle transport consists of a range of measures, for example bike lanes, bike parking facilities, high service level, campaigns and image building. High quality for cyclistsCyclists want […]
Gottlieb Paludan Architects has designed and planned a new district cooling plant and administration office for HOFOR, Greater Copenhagen’s largest utility company. The plant will be housed in Vestre Elektricitetsværk, a disused power station in Tietgensgade in central Copenhagen. One of the first power stations to be built in Copenhagen has been converted and extended […]
Køge North Station will be a characteristic landmark for green mobility in the capital region of Copenhagen. A simple design, minimal use of resources and materials, and minimal maintenance costs have been key points in the development of the design. The main element is a bridge combining Denmark’s most trafficked freeway with the existing local […]
Project approval of heat projects in Denmark The Danish district heating legislation is set out in the Heat Supply Act that regulates the heating sector and provides local authorities (i.e. municipalities) with the power to engage in local heat planning, make decisions on energy infrastructure and on which resources is to be prioritized. The legislation […]
The exploitation of freshwater resources, population growth and the impacts of climate change calls for water management based on sound knowledge and sustainable practices. This White Paper covers the Danish approach to Integrated Water Resource Management and addresses complex water challenges.
Soil is literally the foundation on which we will build a sustainable future. Despite this, soil is contaminated, exploited, and degraded all over the world. Insides this White Paper is an overview of the Danish sector for soil and groundwater remediation and the companies which contribute to its development.
It is estimated that 9 billion people will inhabit the planet by 2050 – 70% of these will live in cities. The increasing urbanisation will be a challenge to cities all over the world and the demand for new innovative solutions within urban mobility is growing. This white paper provides insight into the solutions that Denmark has to offer within urban sustainable transportation.
Climate change is affecting global rainfall patterns and water distribution. Since there is approximately 100 times more groundwater on Earth than fresh surface water, it makes sense to exploit groundwater as a source of water. The aim of this white paper is to share some of Denmark’s technologies, tools and methods for groundwater mapping and hydrogeological modelling.
Krøyers Plads is a significant location in the centre of the Copenhagen harbor area. Several proposals for the development of the area have been rejected mostly by the local population. Therefore, the new Krøyers Plads is based on a hyper-democratic and contextual approach. The project consists of 3 five-story housing units, naturally continuing the warehouse […]
Awarded with the Prize for City Planning (Byplanprisen), 2012 for strong and innovative planning where local handling of rainwater has been the overall principal Musicon is a former industrial site in the city of Roskilde. In collaboration with COWI, GHB Landscape Architects have developed a master plan for the Rabalder Park – a new activity […]
One of Denmark’s largest biomass fired combined heat and power (CHP) plants is located in the Aarhus area and was put into operation in spring 2017. It is a vital part of the Municipality of Aarhus’ Climate Strategy, which has replacing fossil fuels with sustainable energy as one of its cornerstones.
When looking at the global climate challenges, the energy system is one of the biggest obstacles towards a carbon-free and net-zero future. The European Union has set ambitious objectives for an energy system, which integrates renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as enabling a well-functioning energy market. These elements in combination can support a […]
District Energy holds a vast potential for energy efficiency in urban areas. This White Paper highlights the key elements for success in district heating and cooling. It covers aspects from regulation and planning, efficient production of thermal energy, to storage, distribution and end user solutions.
Arup led the architectural design, taking a user-centric ethos at every step of the way. Our intuitive-minimalism, inspired by the Scandinavian design tradition, has led to spacious, light-filled stations with distinctive internal façades that echo the local spirit of the areas they connect to.
On a global scale, less than half of all wastewater is collected and less than one fifth is treated. This has led to severe environmental degradation of many inland and sea waters around the world. This white paper provides lessons learned from Danish stakeholders within wastewater treatment.
Good water management can make cities healthier places to live, resilient towards climate change and more sustainable overall. Without proper sanitation, sewerage and clean water supply, there is no liveable city. This white paper features lessons learned from different Danish stakeholders within urban water management. It is meant to serve as a tool for inspiration for creating innovative water solutions, which contribute to smarter and more liveable cities.
Good rainwater management can make cities healthier places to live, resilient towards climate change and more sustainable overall. Population growth and urbanisation, floodings as well as more frequent and longer periods of droughts all encourage an optimised use of rainwater in cities. Traditionally speaking, climate adaptation seeks to lower the risks posed by the consequences of climate […]