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Climate action

We have the ability to influence United Nations' Global Goal 13, which is about taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. Discover how we contribute to this goal for society.

The UN Global Goal 13: Climate Action, links to our sustainability focus area Green. We are engaged in several activities to help contribute to this SDG. 

Strategic approach

With climate change, the construction industry is part of the problem and part of the solution. Skanska contributes to building a better society by striving to reduce carbon emissions from the Group's operations, as well as providing customers with resilient and low-carbon solutions. The aim is reduced carbon footprints, both for Skanska and customers.

Examples of activities

Heimdal High School, in Trondheim, Norway, is one of the world's greenest schools.

Skanska built a new school to replace the 14-year old school building. The 1,100-student school was provided with the engineering expertise required for it to stand out in another key way: It is one of the world's greenest schools, fulfilling a key customer ambition.

To solve this great challenge, the school is designed to consume 75 percent less energy than a comparable building, with zero greenhouse gas emissions from its operation. Seventy-one percent of needed energy is produced on-site through a geothermal heat pump, solar cells and a biogas-fueled power station. Any excess heat is used to warm an adjacent swimming pool, and extra power is exported to the grid. Data from these energy sources will be used in science classes, making the school itself part of the lesson.

The school is one of the pilot projects of ZEB (The Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings), and its goal for energy consumption is ZEB.

New Karolinska, Solna

In Solna, Sweden, New Karolinska Solna is a hospital public-private partnership (PPP) with a Skanska consortium handling financing, design, construction and maintenance. To achieve a low environmental impact, it will produce only minor carbon dioxide emissions from energy consumption. Partly due to using geothermal heating and cooling installations, the energy consumption will be 45 percent less than the Swedish energy code. All electricity will be 100 percent renewable electricity generated off site.