A transport hub
"The most obvious scenario is the idea of turning Greenland into a hub for flights, shipping and cruises. Nuuk is situated ideally relative to China, Europe and North America making it an obvious transport hub in a similar way to Reykjavik in Iceland, which serves as a centre for transatlantic air traffic and Rotterdam serves as a hub for containerships," says Lars Ostenfeld Riemann.
Huge opportunities within natural resources
Natural resource extraction is another area that represents a huge opportunity. Currently, Greenland experiences unprecedented interest from international companies looking to extract minerals and oil in the subsoil. This creates challenges, as Greenland wants to ensure that the development will not harm society and the natural environment.
For the past 25 years, Ramboll has acted as a local consultant on buildings, transport and utility infrastructure, energy and environment, including official approval, environmental impact assessments and social effects.
Building a bridge between society and projects
When delivering our consultancy services, Ramboll experts from several Scandinavian countries collaborate. Thorkild Feldthusen Jensen, Director of Ramboll's environment division and deputy chairman for the board of directors in Ramboll in Greenland, explains:
"As a community consultant, we build a bridge between society and projects. It is our responsibility to deliver successful projects and to advise large international companies about the harsh working conditions and the overriding need for the natural environment and society to go unharmed. In order to solve the complex mining operations, we use our 25 years of experience in Greenland, and draw on experts from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland including our knowledge about the dilemmas that arise and solutions that are reached when working in one of the most vulnerable countries in the world."
See the video about professional climbers from DanClimb reopening a mine in Maarmorilik in Greenland.