COWI places high in international ranking


Engineering News-Record (ENR), one of the most widely respected publications in the engineering and construction industry, have released their annual Top 225 International Design Firms list for 2021, ranking the performance of the largest contractors and design firms. The release of the rankings is always a hotly anticipated event, and COWI is proud to be punching above our weight yet again, with high placings in a number of our key market areas.

ENR performs annual surveys, and ranks companies accordingly. The rankings, based on annual revenue at home and abroad, are further divided into specific market categories.

Breaking down the rankings, when it comes to the overall Top 225 international design firms, ENR have placed COWI at 26th, up 3 places from the 2020 list.

Number one in solid waste

Furthermore, COWI has held our number one position globally within solid waste. Our expertise within waste goes back more than four decades, and we have consistently developed solutions that ensure the safe, sustainable and efficient handling of waste. Our continued hold of the number one position can be attributed to our more than 250 experts working in this field. Some of our recent projects in this sector include sustainable solid waste management services in South Africa, establishing a waste to energy facility in Malta and comprehensive waste management in Egypt.

Strong positions within transportation

Some of our other exceptional results include a ranking of 21st within general building, an improvement from our 2019 placing of 25th. Our rankings are also holding strong in Transportation, where we are placed 14th overall. Breaking this down by sector, COWI has risen to 3rd in bridges, up from 6th in 2019, 18th in highways, 5th in marine and port facilities and 11th in mass transit. Our roles on landmark transportation projects, from the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge in Turkey to the Fehmarn belt fixed link tunnel between Germany and Denmark, reflect these strong positions.

Servicing the green transition

Other areas where we are excited to see continued high positions are water supply, where we are 20th, wastewater treatment at 14th, and number 6th in wind generation. As the effects of the climate crisis continue to be felt, the safe, reliable provision of water, and the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy are becoming ever more important. We are proud to have roles on key projects in these fields, from the iconic North Sea Energy Island, to the development of sustainable water supplies across Southern Africa.

Read the full rankings here.

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 Søren Kragh Pedersen

Søren Kragh Pedersen
Head of Group PA & PR
Communication, Denmark

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