Safeguarding the environment

Our industry impacts the local environment where we operate. Construction of buildings and infrastructure consumes large amounts of resources, including materials, water and energy. At Skanska, we are committed to protecting the local environment and biodiversity wherever we build, to reduce our environmental footprint and to be mindful of our material usage.

Our approach​

We monitor and ensure the overall sound environmental management of all our sites, including avoiding the use of chemicals listed in our restricted substance standard. We work to protect and promote biodiversity in our projects. Major environmental incidents are reported to the Group Leadership Team. Our business units are certified according to the ISO 14001 environmental management system.


We focus on increasing resource efficiency by reusing and recycling materials and products where we can. We reduce waste and improve efficiency with smarter design, planning, procurement and logistics. This often goes hand in hand with reduced costs. Improving water efficiency is a key factor in minimizing our impact on the environment. As a construction company, we have a major impact on water usage, both during construction and when the building is in use. In recent years, biodiversity has been highlighted as a material topic in Skanska’s materiality assessment. Construction projects risk having a negative impact on local biodiversity, a risk we consider in the planning and construction of projects. We are working to identify what measures we can take to reduce and mitigate such negative effect. Read more about different business units work within environmental protection and biodiversity by following the links under Related information.