On 7 July 2016 the Danish Minister of Food and the Environment, Esben Lunde Larsen, travels to Singapore to participate in the Singapore International Water Week to share and co-create solutions with Danish and international companies and global decisions makers. The export of Danish water technology has increased circa 25 percent in less than 10 years, and many Danish companies are leading the way.
In the future, shortage of water will be a worldwide challenge, since climate changes and an increasement in population will pressure the water resources. This is one of the subjects Esben Lunde Larsen will discuss together with decision makers from the whole world, when he participates in Singapore International Water Week on 10 and 11 July 2016. The focus will be the increasing demand of water technology, which saves water and reduces the environmental impact.
Danish companies are front-runners
When it comes to water technology, Danish companies are leading the way, and Danish water technology might help managing huge global challenges, and at the same time create growth and jobs in Denmark.
“Danish companies are front-runners within water technology, and I am very proud of the fact that they deliver everything from energy producing sewage works to pumps and valves from Africa to Asia. Denmark has a great position at the international market, where we go from aid support to create business in other countries,” says Esben Lunde Larsen.
In 2006, Denmark exported for DKK 12,5 billion, which increased to DKK 16,8 billion in 2015. The Singapore International Water Week is a great opportunity to continue the Danish water vision, which is a cooperation between the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and the total Danish water business. The goal is to double the export of water technology in 2025 and to create 4000 new jobs.
Asia is a rapidly growing market for Danish businesses, and several Danish companies such as Rambøll, Grundfoss, and Kamstrup are operating in Asia. The minister Esben Lunde Larsen will meet them in Singapore to discuss the obstacles and cooperation opportunities they are experiencing when exporting water technology in Southeast Asia.
“As my colleague from Singapore says, us minor countries need to stand together to solve the larger countries’ problems. We are both flexible and innovative, and we can react quickly and adjust. I look forward to meet the Danish companies, which will demonstrate their solutions here in Singapore, and to hear more about the challenges and opportunities they meet in Asia,” says Esben Lunde Larsen.
In addition to the conference, Esben Lunde Larsen will visit several Singaporean environmental initiatives, for example Sky Green, which is the world’s first vertical farm using minimal space, water and energy resources in their production of vegetables, and also Punggol Eco-Town, the very first “eco-town” in Singapore with effective water technological solutions.