Skanska's Journey to Deep Green

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Skanska's Journey to Deep Green

  • Overview


    Skanska’s Journey to Deep Green represents a new approach to construction and development, with the potential to create a more sustainable future.

    Commitment Target(s)
    • 2012 – In Sweden, Skanska is curently constructing the Väla Gård office in Helsingborg. The Väla Gård office will be a Deep Green office. The office will be Deep Green not only in terms of energy but also with regards to other aspects such as materials and it is aiming to achieve the Skanska Color Palette´s zero on waste being deposited to landfill.

    • 2014 – In the United States, Skanska is the construction partner for 3 projects pursuing the full or partial Living Building Challenge. This is in addition to the Bertschi School project described in the subject case study on the Sustainable Energy For All website.

    • 2014 – Skanska has signed the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Energy Efficiency in Buildings manifesto to signify and communicate the action we take on our own (occupied) buildings. Examples of action include:

      refurbishment of our office in the Empire State Building, New York (LEED for Commercial Interiors Platinum certifcation), refurbishment of our Hollywood House office in Woking (SE4ALL Case Study), UK (LEED for Commercial Interiors Platinum certifcation), refurbishment of our Malmö office (LEED for Existing Buildings Platinum certifcation), refurbishment and installation of a solar array on the roof of Skanska-Koch´s civil production facilities in the US Skanska moving into more energy efficient premises in for example Helsinki (designed to achieve LEED Core & Shell Platinum), Prague (pre-certified Platinum under LEED Core & Shell), Gothenburg (LEED Core & Shell Platinum), Stockholm (designed to achieve LEED Core & Shell Platinum)
    • 2015 – 50% of all projects started in 2015 by CDN – Skanska’s Commercial Developement Unit operating in our Nordic home markets – will be Deep Green. CDN develops offices and logistics facilities.

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    • 2016 – In Poland, CDE – our Commercial Development Europe Unit operating in Poland, Czezh Republic, Hungary and Romania – has committed to design Atrium II in Warsaw Poland to meet Skanska´s definition of Deep Green.

    • 2020 – In Norway, Skanska is part of the Powerhouse Alliance, which has committed to build several energy-positive projects. The Powerhouse alliance was established in April 2011. Aside from Skanska it includes the property company Entra Eiendom, architects Snøhetta, the environmental foundation ZERO and the aluminum company Hydro. The alliance recently partnered with Norway´s Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings to seek innovation for achieving the ambitions of the Powerhouse Alliance. The Alliance is planning towards finalizing the first energy positive project in 2014 and expects to complete 3 positive energy projects by 2020.

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    • Details

      The Skanska Color Palette™ is at the centre of our Journey to Deep Green™. The Color Palette is a strategic framework and a tool to measure and communicate the performance of our projects on our Journey to Deep Green™. Skanska has a Color Palette for Building and Civil/Infrastructure projects.

      The following colors define the Skanska Color Palette ™:
      Vanilla – the construction process and product is in compliance with laws, regulations, codes and standards.
      Green – the construction process and product performance goes beyond compliance with laws, regulations, codes and standards but cannot yet be considered to have a near environmental impact. Green can be characterized by voluntary classification such as EU GreenBuilding, LEED, BREEAM and CEEQUAL.
      Deep Green – the construction process and product is future proof. Deep Green is the ultimate destination for the projects that Skanska carries out on behalf of forward-looking, visionary customers.

      Deep Green targets for our projects are defined as:
      - Zero net use of primary energy
      - Near zero carbon in construction
      - Zero unsustainable materials
      - Zero hazardous materials
      - Zero waste to landfill
      - Zero net water use for buildings
      - Zero potable water use during construction

      The Skanska Color Palette™ has been used by all Skanska Business Units to set targets and develop green action plans, that make-up the basis for the Journey to Deep Green™. Green Strategic Indicators (GSIs) are used to report progress on our Journey to Deep Green™ to our senior management.

      The GSIs on our projects consolidate project performance measured by the Skanska Color Palette™. Examples of commitments that are proof of the Journey to Deep Green™ can be read above and case studies that exemplify our journey on energy efficiency and renewables can be found on the Sustainable Energy For All website.

      Supporting resources

      To realize the above projects, published and unpublished business unit (BU) targets each business unit developed a green action plan. While these all differ in their details they are all structured around Skanska’s Color Palette™. The Color Palette encourages our BUs to proactively engage with our supply chain and other stakeholders on the energy performance and other green aspects that are described by Skanska’s Color Palette™.

      The business units are supported from the corporate office by the Sustainability & Green Support group and Green Business Officer. The Sustainability & Green Support group assists in the development of policies, guidelines and tools and the group facilitates sharing of green solutions and best practice in support of the Journey to Deep Green™. The Green Business Officer works with dedicated resources in the business units on new business models to ensure green business growth. R&D is important in support of the Journey to Deep Green™. An example of such R&D is the development of a tool that allows for early evaluation of projects on embodied energy using BIM (Building Information Modelling). Another example of R&D is the development of Deep Green cooling technology by our Commercial Development unit operating in the Nordic markets.

      Case studies on the Sustainable Energy For All website include examples of projects that have secured funding to deliver on the Sustainable Energy For All objectives. A good example of such project is the Brogården renovation project, a project maximizing the use of passive measures to renovate inefficient apartments from the 60s and 70s. The project secured EU funding through the BEEM-UP project to develop a renovation concept for massive market uptake.

      Sustainable Development Goals
      1. No poverty; 6. Clean water and sanitation; 7. Affordable and clean energy; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 10. Reduced inequalities; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 12. Responsible consumption and production; 13. Climate action; 14. Life below water; 15. Life on land; 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
      Issue areas
      Biodiversity; Climate Change; Energy; Human Rights; Peace; Poverty; Principle 7; Principle 8; Principle 9; Water and Sanitation
      Sustainable Energy for All (SEFA) objectives addressed
      Energy Efficiency; Renewables
      Industry sector(s) that apply to this commitment
      Construction & materials; Real estate investment & services
      Country(s) where this commitment will be implemented
      Americas: 5 countries (click to show)
      Argentina; Brazil; Chile; Peru; United States
      Europe: 10 countries (click to show)
      Czech Republic; Denmark; Finland; Hungary; Norway; Poland; Romania; Slovakia; Sweden; United Kingdom


      Open to additional partners

      This commitment is open to additional partners. Please contact to indicate your interest.

      Names of committing organisations

      Note: All organisations listed above are accountable for the commitment made. These organisations are required to complete an annual communication on progress for the duration of the commitment, either jointly or individually, as laid out in the accountability section of the submission form.