Carl-Emil Larsen

President of EUREAU
Carl-Emil Larsen

Mr. Carl-Emil LARSEN is the President of EUREAU, European Federation of National Associations of Water and Wastewater Services, representing 70.000 utilities and serving 405 million European citizens.

Mr. Larsen has extensive national and international experience on water issues as for example Vice president of the Danish Water Forum and the Danish Governing Member of the International Water Association (IWA). He has spent the last 25 years working on water and environmental issues mainly in the Scandinavia and Denmark as geophysicist, consultant and director for large international consultancy bureaus.

Carl-Emil Larsen is active on the national arena where he is personal member of the Climate Task Force of the Danish Minister of Environment, as chairman of The Foundation for Development of Technology in the Danish Water Sector, Danish Ministry of Environment, board member at The National Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland and chairman of the IWA national Committee.   

Since 2005 Mr. Larsen is working as the CEO of DANVA, the Danish Water and Wastewater Association

“According to EUREAU statistics, country consumption illustrates that we are starting from very different points, with per capita consumptions in urban environment scattered from 80 ltr/cap/day to 200, with therefore very different scope for water savings. Thus it should be considered that water debates are by very nature local: it is unreasonable to transfer water on hundreds of kilometres, and therefore solutions have to be tailored locally or at least regionally.  It is also important to stress that European water utilities are willing to encourage water demand reduction, but that an evolution of their business model is needed given that the current system (remuneration based on the volume sold) does not provide the right economic incentives. Therefore water efficiency should cover all the water cycle at a local level at a catchment scale involving all water users and taking into account a local water demand.”

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