Two Danish infrastructure projects among the world's most innovative
12 July 2012
Location and infrastructure
Two Danish infrastructure projects rank among the world's 100 most innovative of their kind; the Femern Belt and the Oresund Region. The ranking is done by independent experts in auditing and advisory firm KPMG’s report "Infrastructure 100", which selects 100 out of 1,000 nominees.
Once complete, the Femern Belt tunnel, linking Germany to Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia, will with more than 18 km be the world's longest underwater tunnel. Likewise, has the Oresund Region been selected for its efforts to create an infrastructure in the region that promotes public transport passability.
- With half the world's population resided in cities, the need for innovative and visionary infrastructure projects is bigger than ever, which KPMG’s report highlights. The continual growth in the world’s cities calls for billion-investments in the coming years. With shared strategy and planning across borders, Copenhagen and Malmö have managed to position the region as a significant player on a European level and as an example to follow, says director of KPMG, Torben Hartz.
Playing an increasing role for individual national economies, cities are also key players in creating sustainable infrastructure solutions that develop and benefit the economy, population and environment, he points out.
- It is gratifying that two Danish projects have been listed among the best in the world as it will promote Denmark as a pioneer in the field. The innovative infrastructure projects may also assist in attracting investments to the two regions and to Denmark in general, says Torben Hartz.