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Shaping sustainable places beyond our lifetime

Contact image written by John Ambrose, Corporate Narrative Manager, Skanska Group written by John Ambrose, Corporate Narrative Manager, Skanska Group
Climate change is having a profound effect on our lives and communities. At Skanska, we see the built environment as both part of the challenge and part of the solution. And we are determined to play our part. 

The built environment is responsible for around 40 percent of energy-related carbon emissions globally. Reducing emissions throughout the entire life cycle will have a significant effect on carbon minimization as we try to limit global warming to 1.5C. 


We see a world where sustainability is simply built into living. By coming together to think differently and solve problems today, we have the power to shape sustainable places to support healthy living beyond our lifetime.  


As one of the world’s largest construction and development companies, we have responsibility to continue the same leadership in climate and social sustainability that has driven our business for the past 20 years.  


At the heart of our vision is a strong goal uniting us: to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in our own business and value chain by 2045.  


Our foundation as a responsible business gives us the strength we need to accomplish this, and our license to operate as a trusted partner.  But it will also require innovation, foresight and knowledge. It will take true collaboration – all of our strategic industry alliances, our customers and our exceptional people – to co-create the healthy, prosperous places we envision.  


We see advances in areas such as low-carbon construction, energy efficiency, urban planning and public transport as vital: they can lead directly to less carbon in the atmosphere and improve our chances of limiting global warming to 1.5C. 


Yet such solutions do more than reduce climate impact and protect the environment. They are making our towns and cities more equitable and more resilient. They are making our offices healthier places to work. They are reducing the climate impact of our homes while building stronger communities. And by reducing energy consumption, they reduce operating costs as well as carbon emissions.  


We see a future with healthier, more resilient places for all, where sustainability is a fact of life, a central pillar in all we do. This is a future that requires us all to work together. It demands that we think – and act – boldly. We face big challenges, but greater opportunities. Together, we can create new possibilities – and a sustainable future for us all.