The built environment accounts for approximately 40% of all energy consumption. About 80% of this is consumed during the operational lifetime of a building with the remainder used during manufacture of the materials used in construction (circa 15%) and the construction process itself (circa 5%).

Challenges and opportunities

Since fossil fuels are the source of much of the energy used in the built environment in Skanska's home markets there is an opportunity to reduce demand during:

  1. Production of energy-intensive materials of construction such as cement, ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals, glass and bricks
  2. The construction process itself
  3. Life-time use of the structure

There is also a growing opportunity to replace fossil energy with renewable energy. Skanska looks to exploit this opportunity on its own assets and on projects for its customers when the economic conditions are favorable.

Further information is available in our Green Urban Development Report #1- "The rise of local energy communities" (PDF).

Policy and strategy

Skanska's approach to energy is to focus on things we can directly control and directly influence.

Our Environmental Policy states that we will champion the efficiency use of energy.

We aim to:

  • Boost energy efficiency in how we build and what we build
  • Substitute fossil energy with renewable energy when economic conditions are favorable in our operations and on our projects
  • Give preference to the concept of “zero net primary energy” when the technical and economic conditions favor it

In order to access global best practice we have for many years supported energy efficiency programs at WBCSD and elsewhere. Since 2008 Skanska has been involved in the Energy Efficiency in Buildings Initiative (EEBI). You can find more information on the World Business Council For Sustainable Development website at WBCSD EEBI.


In 2008 we started to proactively focus on energy efficiency as an opportunity rather than a compliance matter. We embarked on a series of mitigation measures focused on our people, assets and like-minded clients.

Green report about energy

In the Green Urban Development Report No. 1 we discover how energy consumers turn into producers. In the near future citizens will be stakeholders in the local energy community. Smart technology empowers citizens to become urban energy farmers.

All Green Urban Development Reports

Skanska provided input to the Economist Intelligence Unit report “Adapting to an uncertain climate: a world of commercial opportunities”.

Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Skanska was among the first companies to sign the World Building Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Manifesto for Energy Efficiency in Buildings. In this publication Skanska, among others, presents positive results and challenges in implementing energy efficiency.

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.