Frontpage of annual report "Shaping Liveable Cities"
Ramboll continued to grow in 2013 in a tough market due to strong performance in most business units. More than 400 new colleagues joined Ramboll in 2013 and the company now has more than 10,000 employees globally. Ramboll generated a revenue of DKK 7.8 billion in 2013 compared to DKK 7.6 billion in 2012.
“The majority of our business is very healthy and has effectively improved its performance in 2013 despite tough market conditions. This is even the case in difficult markets such as Finland, where our business unit has further improved profit, despite the negative impact of the current financial crisis in the country,” explains Jens-Peter Saul, Group CEO of Ramboll.
This year's Annual Report focuses on the global need to shape liveable cities. Half of the world's inhabitants – 3.6 billion people – are living in urban areas and the number is increasing steadily. This prognosis calls for urgent planning in order to create sustainable cities and improve quality of life by putting the human dimension at the core of urban planning.
One example of this approach is Copenhagen, Denmark, which has been named the European Green Capital 2014 by the European Union. Ramboll has played a central role in the city planning of Copenhagen and contributed to raising city liveability. Examples of projects include the city metro system, large urban development projects such as Nordhavn and Ørestad, cloudburst mitigation plans, and strategies for Copenhagen to become a CO2-neutral capital.
Copenhagen is not alone. Cities around the world are aspiring to enhance their liveability. In the Middle East Ramboll develops and implements sustainable master plans. One example is the City of Jeddah, where Ramboll is creating a master plan that will ensure the future sustainable development of the 4,600 km2 city. A Nordic example of Ramboll's effort to create liveable cities is the development of a master plan for the new urban area Jätkäsaari, in Helsinki, Finland, which will inspire inhabitants to walk, bike or take public transport instead of using cars.
Henrik Rosenberg Seiding, Group Director for Sustainable Society at Ramboll, explains:
“In our work with liveable cities development in areas as diverse as the Middle East, Europe and the Arctic, we have identified the driving forces of modern society development: social coherence, economic growth, environmental sustainability and good governance. Whatever the size and geography of the city, the fundamental dynamics are universal. The difficult task is to integrate universal dilemmas and local solutions while respecting culture, tradition and endowments.”