“Understand what we do better than ever, with the primary aim of saving the planet.”
More than a mere objective, this is the philosophy disseminated on a daily basis by Leif Bentsen in his position as CEO of Krüger A/S. Veolia’s Danish subsidiary counts five sites across the country. Specialized in many water-related activities (drinking water, treatment water, urban drainage and sanitation, wastewater treatment, soil decontamination and, more recently, land-based fish farming), it has developed a modeling and control tool to help the city of Copenhagen increase its flood resilience, by preventing wastewater from overflowing into the natural environment in the event of bad weather.
“In 2015, the United Nations set 17 goals to be reached to transform our planet through sustainable development. The sixth goal is to guarantee access to water and sanitation for all, and to ensure sustainable management of water resources. This is precisely the ambition we strive toward every day; what we have successfully achieved with the city of Copenhagen is one of our great sources of pride,” explains Leif Bentsen.
Having joined Krüger in 1991 after obtaining his engineering degree, he often goes to meet its clients. He is keen to discuss as often as possible with stakeholders in order to best meet their expectations and anticipate changes on the environment market. A soccer and mountain biking enthusiast, Leif is a man of endurance. This trait allows him to sustain the pace of his many travels around the world to identify and set up new sustainable projects for Krüger and its clients. Always on the hunt for trends and innovations in the environment sector, he keeps a close eye on regulatory changes that often open up new markets.
When assessing the outcome of COP24, this hands-on man with a realistic and firmly optimistic approach states that, “while it’s still difficult to see concrete actions, we are going in the right direction, and the negotiations were done properly. The desire for acceleration is a legitimate one, but if we go too quickly, we run the risk of leaving certain countries behind. Things can move very quickly in Europe, because we have the decisionmaking levers, the investment, and the technology. We must therefore take advantage of them to do our utmost, while accepting that other regions of the world are not following the same rhythm.”