Skanska and ROGBC announce their collaboration on a pilot project to develop the Net Zero Carbon Buildings certification

Press release 9/23/2021 8:00 AM CET

Skanska, one of the largest office buildings developers in Europe, and Romania Green Building Council organization are announcing their new partnership that aims to develop the Net Zero Carbon Buildings certification through a pilot project that will be implemented in Skanska’s project that will be developed in Bucureștii Noi. Skanska and ROGBC announce their partnership and intentions at the event organized under the World Green Building Week umbrella, the largest campaign that supports the acceleration of sustainable constructions globally.

During the event organized under the World Green Building Week umbrella, on September 22, the largest worldwide campaign to support the acceleration of sustainable buildings globally, Skanska and ROGBC announced their collaboration on the pilot project that aims to develop the Net Zero Carbon Buildings certification.

Through this certification, the Romania Green Building Council encourages real estate developers to take measures that are meant to contribute to a significant reduction in carbon emissions. The certification aims to address a series of systematic strategies that provide solutions in combating climate change, improving the health and well-being of people, and moving towards a circular, regenerative economy.

„'Building for a better society' is not just a slogan for us, but it translates into a series of real solutions systematically implemented by Skanska in its business activities over the years, which shapes the way we design, develop and build the projects we invest in. The Skanska business development division in the CEE can serve as an example of how sustainability becomes an integral part of our entire business and shows how, based on well-thought-out sustainability strategies, we can develop futureproof buildings that have a positive contribution to the future of the real estate, with more sustainable and more efficient office buildings. Through the project to be developed in Bucureștii Noi, we set out to take another step towards achieving Skanska’s goal of reducing carbon emissions by 70% by 2030 and the final reduction to net-zero carbon emissions by 2045. This is a pilot project that will function based on a methodology that aims to assess the criteria on which the Net Zero Carbon Buildings certification will be based on”, says Andrei Ivan, Projects Director within the Skanska business development division in the CEE.

The two partners are currently working on developing the concept of this next project based on research conducted by ROGBC on solutions to reduce CO2 emissions. The two partners aspire to finally obtain Net Zero Carbon Buildings certification through the strategies implemented in this project.

"Considering that the decarbonization of the building sector is a vital step in achieving the environmental and climate objectives aimed for at European level, the Net Zero Carbon Buildings certification will catalyze Romania's transition towards a carbon-neutral built environment., mentions Elena Rastei, Certification Director at Romania Green Building Council.

"We are glad for this partnership with ROGBC and we see it not only as a chance for us to contribute to this change but also as an opportunity to raise awareness regarding the importance of everyone's involvement in the transition to new business models based on sustainability, that will have a decisive role in combating the climate change. Thereby, through this partnership, we want to encourage the whole chain of partners, potential suppliers, designers, and even competitors to adjoin in this initiative, because only together can we meet the global challenge of changing the environment, the society, and the economy for the better, adds Andrei Ivan, Projects Director in the business development division of Skanska in the CEE.

Skanska is a pioneer in terms of providing sustainable workspaces in Central and Eastern Europe. Skanska's concern for the environment and the efforts invested in developing futureproof buildings are also recognized by WELL and LEED certifications, highlighting once again Skanska’s contribution in promoting a business model that promotes sustainable strategies. The Campus 6.2 and 6.3 buildings are the first buildings in Romania to obtain the WELL pre-certification, at the Silver level. The Equilibrium building is LEED Core & Shell certified at the Platinum level and currently operates 100% based on energy from renewable sources.