Turning global water challenges into opportunities for sustainable growth
Water is a scarce resource that is under increasing pressure. According to the UN, global water consumption will increase by 30 per cent by 2030 due to population growth and increased wealth.
Several challenges related to water supply, water quality and wastewater treatment could be avoided or reduced through integrated water management and an intelligent approach to the entire water cycle.
By treating water as the valuable and vital resource that it is, Denmark has been able to reduce water consumption by almost 40 per cent since 1980 and increase energy efficiency throughout the water cycle.
We invite you to explore water solutions in depth below, find potential partners, catch up on the latest news and discover real-life case examples of how water technologies can help solve your water challenges.
How important is access to clean air in our cities? And how valuable is access to clean water and proper sanitation to city life? Both air and water are under pressure in our cities as a result of increasing urbanisation, and the human and economic consequences are immense. However, many solutions to tackle the challenges already exist – and maybe the time has never been better to speed up the transition to a cleaner and more sustainable future?
The housing development Urbanplanen has a green secret: in between the large buildings, there are cherry plums, hazel and birch trees, and at the staffed playground, Bonderen (the Farm), goats graze. Remiseparken is a wonderful green pocket in Copenhagen, and the goal of BOGL’s renewal project was to transform the park into a safe and attractive destination for local residents and other Copenhageners.
The climate crisis is accelerating at an unprecedented rate but urban climate adaptation plans are failing to keep up with the pace. 75 per cent of all European cities have no climate adaptation plans as we speak. In Copenhagen, several climate change initiatives have been taken and more projects are underway.
The public wastewater utility BlueKolding wanted to exploit the optimisation potential through an intelligent use of real-time data from its entire wastewater system (i.e. both the sewer network and the wastewater treatment plants).
A brand new publication from State of Green – created in cooperation with International Water Association Denmark (IWA Denmark) – takes a closer look at how rethinking urban water management can transform cities of the future. The white paper is meant to serve as a tool for inspiration for creating innovative water solutions, which contribute to smarter and more liveable cities.
To accommodate the need for public housing in Singapore, an empty lot was transformed into what is now Kampung Admiralty. The uniqueness of Kampung Admiralty stems from its design, which focuses on both social and environmental sustainability. It encourages the elderly residents to engage in an active lifestyle among younger generations, but it is also part of a greater effort to increase environmental sustainability.
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.
The International Water Association’s (IWA) blog offers key insights on water-related issues as they connect with larger global themes, e.g. sustainability, urbanisation, health and human rights. As we count down to the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition in Copenhagen next year, we bring you a short overview of the six latest blog entries from some of Denmark’s most prominent water professionals.
A chemist employed at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark has invented a cutting-edge green technology that uses CO2 to convert seawater into drinking water — within minutes. The plan is to use the desalination technology to replace electricity with CO2 and use it in survival gear and large-scale industrial plants in areas where people lack clean drinking water.
Last week, the Danish government launched its long-term strategy for a global climate effort, “A green and sustainable world.” The strategy sets the direction for Denmark’s overall international climate efforts as a green pioneer country across foreign, development, trade and climate policies.
The agreement puts Denmark in a strong position to deliver green solutions in renewable energy, water technology, circular economy, sustainable urban development, etc. needed for the green transition of the world’s largest democracy.
To achieve the global ambitions for a green transition, large sums of finance are needed. This white paper features ideas and solutions for how to achieve the goals and it is meant to serve as an inspiration for everyone involved in the green economy.
On a global scale, less than half of all wastewater is collected and less than 20 per cent is treated. This has led to severe environmental degradation of many inland and sea waters around the world. A new edition of a State of Green white paper with brand new cases from around the world provides lessons learned from Danish stakeholders within wastewater treatment, offering inspiration for reaping the benefits of using wastewater as a resource.
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.
ULTRAAQUA Group is specialized in advanced pool water treatment and is known for pioneering particle filtration and disinfection technologies. The biggest problem in chlorinated swimming pool water is that chlorine reacts extremely rapidly with nitrogen compounds in the water to give rise to problematic disinfection by-products (DBP) such mono-, di-, and trichloramine. Especially, trichloramine, NCl3, has […]
ULTRAAQUA UV Product portfolio for drinking water disinfection provides chemical-free, safe drinking water without the creation of dangerous by-products. The UV units options consist of the following: ÖNORM M 5873-1 validated SSV series – stainless steel L316 closed vessels with full bioassay validation. Equipped with SWIRLFLOW™ technology, the UV reactor delivers additional power savings due […]
ULTRAAQUA UV Product Portfolio for wastewater disinfection helps to preserve the environment and human health through the downstream water supply by eliminating dangerous bacteria and viruses from any human activity. All units in SS (Stainless-steel L316) material. Equipped with the latest UV technology, ULTRAAQUA UV units deliver industry-leading disinfection and energy efficiency. The UV units […]
ULTRAAQUA UV Product Portfolio for Aquaculture delivers water biosecurity for various shrimp and fish species. All units can be manufactured in PP (polypropylene) materials for anti-corrosion excellence in harsh saltwater or SS (Stainless-steel L316) for freshwater. All units are integrated for intake, process, and discharge water applications. The product options consist of the following: ACN […]
Streets constitute a significant share of the total surface area of Danish cities. In terms of elevation they literally form the bottom line. Schulze+Grassov are under contract with Denmark’s Realdania Foundation under the Danish Klimaspring initiative to develop new innovative climate adaptation systems. Working creatively with streets in urban environments we seek to turn a […]
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.
25-50% of all distributed water globally is lost or never invoiced due to illegal connections, inaccurate billing systems, inaccurate metering, leakages, deteriorating infrastructure and wrong water pressure management etc. – or in short Non-Revenue Water (NRW). This white paper examines how water utilities can improve efficiency and meet future demand for water by reducing Non-Revenue Water.
As the climate changes and the number and frequency of rainfall events increases, so does the need for intelligent rainwater management solutions. This White Paper presents insight into lessons learned from Danish stakeholders within rainwater management and Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS).
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.
For more than four decades, the worldwide demand for fish has increased at almost twice the rate of the growth in global population. This White Paper presents best practice examples of resource efficient sea and land-based aquaculture solutions for farming high quality seafood.
In July 2011 Copenhagen experienced the worst rainfall ever with more than 80,000 homes flooded resulting in damages at a cost of around 1 billion €. A new tool has been developed in order to minimize damages from such events in the future. Quick solution to combat effects of climate changes With the climate changes, some […]
Danish Solar Energy Ltd. has always taken initiative in being innovative in the solar-industry. We are always looking for new partners, who we can develop new sustainable products and/or projects with. We have a lot of expertise within complete stand-alone systems and grid-connected solutions. We are also looking for distributors for our complete systems suited […]
Keen to promote growth, quality of life and sustainability, Copenhagen boosts innovative business and action across sectors through a game changing data-approach. Combining technologies in new ways, it leverages efforts to create a more resource-efficient city with citizens and businesses in key roles. Turning challenges into opportunities How to ensure city services, life quality and […]
An overflow construction, placed at Kærbyholmrende, Middelfart, functions as a test and demo site for cleaning combined sewer overflow (CSO) with a HydroSeparator. The project is a cooperation between Middelfart Wastewater and Bonnerup Consults, and is supported by the Ministry of Environment. The HydroSeparator is developed by Bonnerup Consult primarily for treatment of rainwater, but […]
In order to identify the possibilities for reducing non-revenue water in Hanoi, EnviDan has conducted a feasibility study, which points out the way forward in relation to NRW-reduction. The focus of the study has been to find the current Non Revenue Water (NRW) level and to make a cost/benefit analysis to improve the existing condition. […]
EnviDan International has successfully conducted an R&D project in China upgrading a wastewater treatment plant for 200.000PE. At the plant in Ma An Shan EnviDan has implemented the ARP process and online control system EnviStyr and test results show significant improvements in effluent quality. With support from the Danish EPA and in cooperation with Aihua […]
Water consumption in Denmark comes entirely from groundwater that is clean, safe and drinkable – even tap water is not chlorinated. Denmark’s water consumption has been reduced by almost 40 per cent since 1980 even though the GDP has grown by 75 per cent during the same period. Thanks to a highly efficient distribution system, bacteria and other impurities are minimised and water loss in pipelines has been reduced to less than 8 per cent. Despite the fact that agriculture and industry account for nearly two-thirds of the total water consumption in Denmark, significant reductions in these sectors’ water footprint have been made, especially within the processing industries.
Wastewater treatment of a high standard is crucial to protect people and ecosystems. However, the treatment of wastewater is often very energy-consuming. Around 2 per cent of the world’s total energy consumption is related to wastewater treatment, which leaves room for improvement. Most Danish wastewater treatment plants have assessed the potential of reducing their energy consumption and utilising the organic content to produce biogas and becoming energy neutral. A number of these have already managed to produce more energy than they consume. In Denmark, the first national wastewater plan was passed back in 1976 and today, around 900 wastewater treatment plants handle wastewater before it is released back into.
Denmark has ambitious plans for its water sector. A water vision for 2025 was created through dialogue between the Danish water sector and the Danish Government with the intention of developing Denmark’s position as a water hub for intelligent and efficient water solutions. As a country, we see great opportunity for mutual benefit in the transfer of knowledge and we aim at turning global water challenges into opportunities for sustainable growth.
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