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How we define Green

Skanska Color PaletteTM, is the strategic framework and communication tool for Green Business, that has been developed to measure and guide the company’s performance on this journey with destination Deep Green. 

Our Green and Deep Green commitments

Green performance is managed at individual project level and all Business Units have green targets.

Examples of green commitments by Skanska's Business Units operating in more mature green markets:

  • Our commercial development units in Europe are aiming to only develop Green and Deep Green projects by 2020 - with Deep Green making up 20 percent of their project portfolios.
  • Two of our largest construction units are aiming for a 100 and 80 percent proportion of Green projects in their respective project portfolios by 2020, which includes 15 percent and 5 percent Deep Green projects respectively.

Our Business Units pursue green targets by working together with customers and other value chain partners in all Skanska markets. However, more ambitious objectives are possible in more advanced green markets, which is even the case for our construction units that have traditionally had limited influence on a project's green performance.

How we categorize our projects

Vanilla – The construction process and product performance is in compliance with law, regulations, codes and standards.

Green – The construction process or product performance is beyond compliance, but not yet at a point where what is constructed and how it's constructed can be considered to have near-zero impact. Green projects must achieve at least 25 percent energy reduction compared with local code, in addition to Skanska's green requirements associated with one or more other green aspect (carbon, materials selection, waste or water).

Deep Green – The construction process and our product performance has a near-zero impact on the environment and thereby Future Proofs our projects.

What does Deep Green look like?

Deep Green is defined by 6 zeros that relate to Skanska's priority opportunities for reducing the environmental impact of our projects. These are Energy, Carbon, Materials and Water. Projects must realize at least three of the following zeros to achieve Skanska's definition of Deep Green:

  • net zero primary energy for buildings and net positive primary energy for civil/infrastructure projects
  • near zero carbon in construction
  • zero waste
  • zero hazardous materials
  • zero unsustainable materials
  • net zero water for buildings and zero potable water for construction in civil/infrastructure
Last updated: 11/2/2015