Water & Waste

Why Water & Waste Sector Group?

Being a member of the sector group gives you a lot of possibilities on the Russian market. 

The Trade Council is annually creating several market visits within several different sectors with focus on Energy and Environment. To be able to take full advantage of these market visits, the sector group gives you a unique place in our programming phase. Beside that you will get a discount of at least 50% for each market visit, you will have a more direct contact possibility to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, as well as direct contact to developers and project companies. In total you will get:

  • At least 50% discount within the sector
  • Contact possibility to Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment- Contact possibility to developers and projec companies
  • Possibility for targeted approaches for cooperation with Russian or Danish companies 
  • Personal advisor
  • Frequently fresh and sector specific news
  • Possibility for special requests

To be able to become a member of the sector group you will need to have a Danish CVR number.



Water utilities sector

One fourth of the world’s fresh surface and underground water is located in Russia. Still, low quality water is one of the major water resources problems in territories with a high density of population. The water utilities sector is one of the largest industries in Russia serving the entire Russian population. Thereare over 25,000 municipalities in Russia and virtually all have a local water utility.

Russia has an incredibly large and extensive water supply network. Despite poor investments during and just after the Soviet era, Russia has seen a large amount of new investment in recent years – a trend that is expected to continue. However it is estimated that only 28% of the Russian waste water is treated in accordance with existing regulations, while the rest is discharged improperly treated into lakes, rivers and seas. This endangers the fresh water supply over time and Russia is therefore very interested in solutions based on BAT (Best-Available-Technology) legislation. To mitigate this critical problem the Russian government has launched the so-called clean water program that came into effect in 2011 and is due to run until 2017. 
The main objectives of the program are to replace obsolete equipment, improve water quality and increase the efficiency of the entire sector.

Energy and environmental efficiency in the water and waste water sector includes improvement of sewage systems, treatment of waste water, water savings in buildings, and new pipe systems. Better utilization of resources will lower costs and environmental impact on the long term, improving the water quality and water supply.


In 2013 activities within the water sector has led to several new contracts and agreements on cooperation between Danish and Russian companies;

  • The Danish company ‘Vand Center Syd’ and ‘St. Petersburg Vodokanal’ signed a memorandum which makes it possible to train and educate a great number of Russian water managers from throughout North West Russia (2013).
  • The Danish company ‘Per Aarsleff’ recently signed yet another contract with the Russian water and waste water company ‘Pscov Vodokanal’ for the renovation of the water pipelines in Jubilaynaya street next to the Alexander Nevsky bridge. This contract has a value of  EUR 1.2 million (2013).
  • An agreement between the ‘Housing Committee of Leningrad Oblast’ and the Danish ‘Export Credit Fund’ (EKF) is expected to be signed in the nearest future. The business agreement involves financing of two concrete projects in Gatchina Vodokanal’s waste water treatment collector. The total investment will be about 730 thousand Euros. The realization of this project is expected to be in 2014 (2013).

 This is just a few examples of the activities within this market. Furthermore, the signed protocol between the former Danish Minister for Environment Mrs. Ida Auken and the governor of Leningrad oblast A.Y. Drozdenko, a protocol that identifies six priority areas with water supply and discharge systems as one of them - as well as the signed protocol between the former Danish Minister for Environment and the Vice-Governor M. P. Mokretsov on a framework for environmental cooperation between St. Petersburg Administration and Ministry for Environment of Denmark – lay the ground for further Danish activity within the area of water and waste water treatment in Russia.


If you want to know more about our Water and Waste Sector Group, please do not hesitate to contact Marina Piotrovskaya, marpio@um.dk.

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