One of Skanska’s greatest contributions towards reducing climate impact is the development and construction of energy-efficient residential units and premises. A building’s greatest environmental impact is namely the energy requirements during the 50 to 100 years that the building is used.
One of the construction industry’s greatest challenges is to create solutions that lead to as efficient energy usage as possible. When energy usage is reduced, the impact on the climate is also reduced. Furthermore, using less energy leads to major savings economically.
Energy efficiency along the entire chain
We ensure energy efficiency along the entire chain – from energy source to consumption in buildings – when we assess a building’s energy efficiency and environmental impact.
By using this broader perspective, we avoid choosing solutions that seem to be energy efficient but are actually not. A small quantity of purchased energy is not automatically synonymous to a small quantity of primary energy or small volume of carbon emission.
We can and want to do more
Buildings currently account for approximately 38 percent of Sweden’s total energy consumption. The government has set a target for the energy consumption per heated area in buildings to be reduced by 20 percent by 2020 and 50 percent by 2050 (in relation to 1995).
Skanska’s view is that development must be hastened, because we can and want to accomplish more.
We are in the midst of intensive developments in green thinking and green community building. With approximately 10,000 Skanska projects ongoing simultaneously in three continents, we are continuously garnering the experience and expertise needed to advance our efforts.