Green is a focus area in Skanska's Profit with Purpose Business Pland and strategy. Our international presence allows us to obtain and build knowledge across borders which we aim to use wherever we are. We aspire to always present to our customers the incentives to go green.
We have even greater opportunities for green solutions with projects that we develop, design or are otherwise involved with in the early stages.
We continuously improve our green processes through our certifications to the ISO 14001 international environmental management standard. Also, by having active roles in leading international green organizations, we are pushing our industry to do more.
By measuring how green we are, we can accurately assess what we do and find ways to improve our environmental performance.
Skanska Color Palette™
For every project, we set targets encompassing energy, carbon, water, material selection and waste in accordance with the Skanska Color Palette™, a strategic tool we developed to measure and guide our green activities, scaling from Vanilla to Deep Green.
Vanilla: the construction process, product performance or operation of the facility is in compliance with applicable laws, codes and standards.
Green: the construction process, product performance or operation of the facility is beyond compliance, but not yet at a point where it can be considered to have near-zero environmental impact.
Deep Green: the construction process, product performance or operation of the facility has a near-zero impact on the environment and thereby future-proofs our projects.
Energy: Skanska Romania achieved the minimum target of 25% less energy consumption than the local code during the operational phase. Our ambition is to design Net Zero Energy buildings.
Carbon: Construction is a carbon-intensive industry which typically involves the extraction, manufacture and transport of large quantities of materials, as well as construction activities. The way we design, and construct buildings can have a significant effect on the amount of emitted greenhouse gases. We, in Skanska measure the carbon footprints on both project and corporate level and work on how to reduce the emissions.
Materials: Our aim is extending the life cycle of Skanska buildings, reduce construction waste going to the landfill, retain cultural resources and the main target is eliminating the environmental impact during the entire life cycle of new buildings.
Water: Water conservation is a basic principal in our life. We are using potable water only when we must do it, according to the local legislation. We are collecting rain water for the irrigation.
A Deep Green project is one that achieves zero environmental impact on at least three of the six core areas, covering energy, carbon, materials and water. They are:
- net zero primary energy
- near-zero carbon in construction
- zero waste
- zero hazardous materials
- zero unsustainable materials
- net zero water for buildings and zero potable water for civil and infrastructure construction
All the investments of Skanska Romania undergo LEED certification process confirming their compliance with the principles of sustainable development, optimal energy consumption and superior work environment
Our office projects feature many sustainable solutions which optimize the positive impact on the environment and significantly reduce their operating costs.
Green Court Bucharest, first office complex developed by Skanska in Romania is LEED Gold certified, while Equilibrium and Campus 6, the new office projects developed by Skanska are LEED Gold pre-certified.