Capital Region eyes business opportunities through Chinese soil remediation co-operation

Country investing heavily in cleaning up its pollution, and Denmark looks set to capitalise

A group of representatives of the public and private sectors in Region Hovedstaden is currently in China working towards the establishment of a new knowledge centre in the eastern province of Jiangsu.

One of the principal issues on the delegation's agenda is to co-operate with the Chinese authorities on soil remediation. Region Hovedstaden – and a number of representatives from Danish companies – are showing the Chinese the possibilities available when using Danish expertise.

“One of Region Hovedstaden's core skills should come into play here and lead to an increased export of Danish products, knowledge and competencies, while attracting Chinese companies, investments and talents to Greater Copenhagen,” Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, the head of Region Hovedstaden, said in a press release.

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500 billion up for grabs
Region Hovedstaden has already agreed to help remediate soil in the city of Wuxi, and the goal is to promote Danish companies in a nation that is facing up to the need to clear up significant levels of pollution.

A report recently showed that one fifth of China's landmass is extremely polluted. The authorities have set aside over 500 billion kroner in 2015 to improve the Chinese environment – and that's good news for Denmark.

“This can be down to Denmark being at the forefront of the industry and Region Hovedstaden working closely with a number of private companies,” said Mads Terkelsen, the research and development manager of environmental affairs for Region Hovedstaden.

“This means that the Chinese see it as one complete package, where the region, as a public authority, validates the Danish companies.”