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1990 - 2000: Fresh opportunities in the new Europe

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With the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, new doors begin to open. Interest in the environment continues to grow, and the company changes its name yet again...

The name changes in 1995 when COWIconsult becomes "COWI, Rådgivende Ingeniører A/S" ("COWI; Consulting Engineers and Planners A/S").

Pollution on the agenda

Throughout the 1980s, the environmental assignments undertaken by the company go from simply being exercises in decontamination to becoming an integral part of building and civil engineering projects for both public authorities and industry.

In the 1990s, people's awareness of pollution increases. The treatment of wastewater is now all about oestrogen in the water and other harmful substances that cannot be seen with the naked eye.

The company's environmental experts complete the planning assignments and sustainability assessments around the world.

Europe grows

Europe changes dramatically. The Berlin Wall has already fallen, Mikhail Gorbachev resigns, the Soviet Union collapses, and the EU opens up to eastern Europe.

The European Commission gives COWI six months to draw up a map of tomorrow's Europe: a strategic study designed to assess the infrastructure in the new countries of Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus in preparation for investment from the west.

In Russia, COWI is asked to assess how best to transform the transport sector from a planned economy to a market economy.

World's largest wastewater treatment plant

COWI designs Kuryanovo, the world's largest wastewater treatment plant. Located in Moscow, the volume of water processed by the plant corresponds to the total volume of wastewater generated in Denmark.

With the fall of the Iron Curtain, the company establishes offices in Moscow, Latvia, Hungary, and Lithuania.

Climate debate

The climate debate rages, and now the European Commission asks for COWI's assistance as it prepares talks with the US and Japan on a new strategy for international environmental regulation. COWI contributes to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer.

COWI determines that Russia constitutes the greatest threat to the world's environment, and is subsequently asked by the European Commission to plan a comprehensive overhaul of Russian industry taking into account environmental, financial and technological considerations.

LAST UPDATED: 20.07.2017