Advocacy & Influence
To coordinate Skanska’s 6 UK businesses we created a Low Carbon Roadmap. The roadmap incorporates 6 themes designed to address specific areas of our net-zero journey with each business setting an annual action plan.
We have undertaken detailed analysis of emissions across all our projects since 2010. This methodology, externally reviewed by WSP, links carbon and cost with the granularity needed to identify hotspots and for targeted supply chain engagement. We are combining the historic analysis with project BIM models to evaluate the carbon and cost impacts of design changes, construction methodology and alternative materials.
We have presented to customers, industry trade bodies and held industry carbon events for clients and suppliers to demonstrate how carbon reduction unlocks cost savings. Greg Craig, Skanska UK CEO, sent over 200 letters to clients and top suppliers communicating our targets and emphasising their importance to our business. Skanska were among over 120 businesses to write to PM Theresa May urging the government to adopt a UK net-zero target by 2050.
Two new UK roles, Carbon Manager and Carbon Analyst, provide project support, develop and communicate case studies, track innovation and work with commercial and procurement teams to deliver low cost and carbon solutions.
Other low carbon action includes: in 2018, Skanska became the first contractor to gain PAS 2080 certification, demonstrating robustness and consistency in our project approach; 70% of our electricity is certified renewable; head office installed the UK’s largest number of EV charge points; we collaborate with suppliers including Tarmac and Aggregate Industries on trialling innovative low carbon materials; we have trialled autonomous electric plant in partnership with Volvo showing 98% emissions reduction and 70% energy cost reduction.