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Challenges & opportunities

Buildings and other structures (“the built environment”) consume enormous quantities of finite natural resources during the construction and operating phases. Whether it is cement in the form of concrete for the structure or fossil fuel in the form of electricity to provide energy, environmental aspects play an important part in all built environment investments, throughout the whole life cycle.


When done responsibly, construction can enhance the natural environment by sympathetically developing projects in harmony with the landscape or cityscape.

Local impacts can include dust, noise, extra traffic and pollution such as emissions to water, soil and the atmosphere. Global impacts, the cumulative impacts of many local impacts, include energy consumption and carbon emissions from energy and the production of certain high volume construction materials.

Strategic risks and opportunities

Our main strategic opportunities and risks lie in the areas of energy, carbon, materials and water. We have therefore developed policies and strategies to minimize the risks and maximize the opportunities. We also have to deal with the day-to-day local impacts that can quickly become “nuisance” issues if not proactively managed.

Our priority areas

  1. Energy
  2. Carbon
  3. Materials
  4. Water
  5. Local impacts

The first four of these form the elements of our Color Palette™, which is our way to visualize our Green Business ambition.

Last updated: 3/16/2015

Environmental Policy

Based on the strong belief that project development and construction can make a major contribution to a more sustainable world, Skanska is committed to proactive environmental management at all levels from local to global. With this approach we can positively influence key stakeholders, especially customers and suppliers.