Sustainability timeline

Since the mid 1990s, we have been exploring and defining how we can, within our direct sphere of influence, contribute to a more sustainable world.


  • Skanska aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in its own operations and its value chain (scope 1, 2 and 3) by 2045.
  • For Skanska’s development units (Residential Development and Commercial Property Development), the interim target is a 50 percent decrease in carbon emissions by 2030 – including the value chain of these projects (scope 1, 2 and 3). The base year for scope 1 and 2 is 2015, while the base year for scope 3 is 2020.


  • Our second set of Green bonds was issued at a value of SEK 1 billion. It drives innovation for sustainable solutions initially in our commercial development projects.
  • Fossil Free Sweden, an initiative of the Swedish Government, charged Skanska to lead the work of creating a roadmap for achieving a climate-neutral construction sector in Sweden. The roadmap was endorsed by more than 65 stakeholders and handed over to the Government in April 2018.
  • BoKlok was the first residential developer in Sweden to make a large-scale commitment to solar power, which will lower residents' energy costs and reduce carbon emissions.


  • In 2017, 44 percent of Skanska's total construction revenue came from projects with green solutions focused on carbon, energy, materials and water.
  • Our Boston 121 Seaport development was built with an elliptical design, which required less cladding, it reduced material needs, leading to lower cost and less carbon emissions.


  • Skanska was included in the CDP's Climate A list, recognized for our management of climate change risks.
  • Skanska has an ongoing leading role in developing the two leading sustainability infrastructure rating systems; CEEQUAL and Envision.
  • Both the Expo Line Phase 2 light rail expansion in Los Angeles and the I-4 Ultimate public-private partnership (PPP) in Florida, achieved Envision Platinum.


  • Skanska was actively involved in the EU project RenoValue, targeting integration of energy efficiency into building valuation.
  • Our Deep Green office and workshop project Bentley Works redevelopment in the UK; achieved net zero primary energy, zero waste, zero hazardous materials and net zero water.


  • We launched our first Green Corporate Bond.
  • Skanska co-chaired UNEP-SBCI's Greening the Building Supply Chain taskforce.
  • We developed the world's most northerly energy-plus renovated office – Powerhouse Kørbo, Norway.


  • Skanska co-sponsored the WBCSD report The Business Case for Green Building.
  • We are again ranked #1 in our sector in the Nordics and first time #1 company in Sweden all sectors.
  • Awarded the FT Arcelor –Mittal Boldness in Business Awards: Corporate Responsibility/Environment.
  • The NGO HQ, the Open Garden, includes the first passive house office building in the Czech Republic.
  • Väla Gård, Sweden's first Deep Green project receives 95 points out of 110 in LEED, highest score in Europe to date.
  • Brent Civic Centre in UK is the first public building to achieve BREEAM Outstanding.


  • UN Global Compact accepts our 2011 “Communication on Progress” and grants “GC Active” status.
  • Skanska retains FTS4Good Social responsibility Index place.
  • Skanska co-authors the ENCORD Construction CO2e Measurement Protocol.
  • Järva Gård and Å-kvarteren Swedish highway projects were first in Sweden to certify to CEEQUAL International.
  • The Skanska built Hollywood House in the UK, achieved 50% less energy than before refurbishment – LEED Platinum office.
  • The residential buidlings Coldharbour Lane, were first in the UK to use Skanska’s ModernaHus concept.
  • The highway M25 in the UK, set new standards for highway projects. Realized significant environmental and financial savings.
  • Skanska House in Finland used pioneering 4D Building Information Modeling (BIM) to plan the construction.
  • Green Towers, first commercial building project in Poland to receive LEED Platinum pre-certification.


  • Skanska maintains FTSE4Good Social Responsibility Index place.
  • Skanska UK overall winner – Sunday Times Best Green Companies Award.
  • Only construction company in the Nordic Carbon Disclosure Project, 2nd year running.
  • Bertschi School is net zero energy and net zero water usage – certified to Living Building Challenge assessment.
  • Österport in Malmö is the first in Europe certified to LEED Platinum, EBOM.
  • Skanska Czech Republic first in the country certified to BS EN 16001 energy management standard.
  • CIPS, Supply Management Awards – Best Contribution to Corporate Responsibility.
  • We build one of the first Czech passive apartment blocks, Milicov Grove.


  • Skanska retained place in the FTSE4Good social responsibility index.
  • Skanska UK ranked 2nd overall in Sunday Times Best Green Companies Award.
  • U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership Award.
  • Carbon Disclosure Project: Top 10 in the Nordics and #1 in our sector.
  • New Meadowland Stadium in New Jersey – one of the Greenest sporting venues in USA.
  • Skanska builds Blå Jungfrun apartments in Stockholm to be twice as energy efficient as a conventional building.


  • The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) adopted our “Energy Efficiency in Buildings for Facility Managers” guide.
  • Co-developed Copenhagen Communique for COP15 with Price of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate change.
  • Skanska a founding partner for Polish, Czech and Swedish Green Building Councils.
  • Ethix ranks Skanska 1st in sector – Nordic Six Star SRI study.
  • A McDonald’s restaurant in North Caroline goes Green – one of the first LEED certified in USA.
  • Lindhagensterassen apartment block, Sweden, pioneered solar panels for electric vehicle charging.


  • Skanska CDN becomes an EU GreenBuilding Partner. HP3 in Stockholm is registered EU Green Building.
  • Update Code of Conduct.
  • El Totorial Wind Farm generates 100 GWh of energy – largest in Chile on completion.
  • One Kingdom Street is first UK commercial building with full embodied carbon footprint calculation.
  • Refurbishes floor 32 of Empire State Building to LEED Platinum (CI) – first in New York City.


  • 70% of Business Units operates to Health &Safety system OHSAS 18001.
  • Skanska ranks #1 in Engineering News-Record’s first ever Top Green Contractors.
  • Sustainable Contractor of the year in the UK.
  • Skanska has designed and constructed the first Nordic Swan Eco-labeled house in the Nordic countries.
  • Corona Maintenance Shop & Car Wash in New York is the first LEED certified Maintenance Facility.


  • In the Czech Republic Skanska built the first non-residential passive energy building founded by the EU.
  • All Skanska operations are updated to ISO 14001:2004 certified status.
  • Dow Jones lists Skanska in their DJSI.
  • Skanska Sweden sets the maximum Carbon dioxide/km limit for new cars at 120g.
  • Skanska is listed on the FTSE4Good social responsibility index.
  • Skanska becomes signatory to the European Union’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Initiative.
  • Skanska continues its support of the development of ISO 26000.
  • 60 LEEF Accredited Professionals.
  • The United Nations House in Norway was renovated as an environmentally responsible building.
  • Providence Newberg Medical Center in Oregon becomes the first LEED Gold certified hospital.


  • Skanska Latin America attains certification/registration according to Social Accountability 8000.
  • Skanska Residential Development Nordic is certified to use the Nordic Swan Eco-label.
  • Dow Jones lists Skanska in their DJSI.
  • Skanska is listed on the FTSE4Good social responsibility index.
  • The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations was launched, listing Skanska as its sole construction representative.
  • 30 LEED Accredited Professionals.
  • Boston Logan International Airport, Terminal A becomes the first LEED Certified airport terminal.


  • Skanska USA has several LEED Accredited Professionals and 10 LEED projects.
  • Skanska joins World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative.
  • Skanska established the 4 Zeros: Zero Accidents, Zero Environmental Incidents, Zero Ethical Breaches, and Zero loss-makers
  • Skanska is listed on the FTSE4Good social responsibility index.
  • Dow Jones lists Skanska in their DJSI.
  • Skanska participate and actively supports the adaptation of the tenth principle of the UN Global Compact – anti corruption.
  • Close to 65% of operations use an ISO 9001:2000 management system.


  • A health and safety program at Skanska UK resulted in an OHSAS 18001 certification.
  • Skanska is listed on the FTSE4 Good social responsibility index.
  • Dow Jones lists Skanska in their DJSI.
  • Completed London’s iconic “green” office building, the Swiss Reinsurance headquarters.
  • The 2003 Environmental Prize for Construction is awarded to the Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts.
  • Met Office UK awarded 2004 National Award of the Considerate Contractors Award Scheme.


  • Skanska is among the Founding Committee members of the Disaster Resource Network.
  • Skanska publish its first Sustainability Report.
  • Skanska implements its Code of Conduct.


  • Skanska is one of several hundred companies to join the UN Global Compact.
  • Skanska in the USA completes its first LEED Silver project, the EPA National Computer Center.


  • Skanska Sweden introduces it first environmental policy for cars.
  • Skanska becomes a member of the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • Skanska construct the Ray& Maria Stata Center at MIT as an environmental responsible building.


  • Dow Jones lists Skanska in their DJSI.


  • Several more units become ISO 14001:1996 certified.


  • Skanska published its first Environmental Report.
  • Several units become ISO 9001:1994 & ISO 14001:1996 certified.


  • Skanska’s first business unit is ISO 14001:1996 certified.


  • Skanska joins the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).