The built environment accounts for approximately 40% of all energy consumption. About 1% of this is consumed during construction, 84% accounted for during the lifetime use, and 15% is embedded in construction materials. Skanska sees its ability to provide enhanced energy efficiency as an important business opportunity.
For example, since 2004, under the guidance of the Carbon Trust, Skanska has been reducing fossil fuel usage through the purchase of a green energy tariff in our primary offices and modifying our site cabins to make them more energy efficient.
Fuel and electricity use, if monitored on sites, is related to the amount of project activity to allow comparison and identification of best practice. We have also changed our company car list, removing any vehicles over 160gCO2/km and are moving towards further improvement of 130gCO2/km.
Skanska's approach to addressing energy and climate opportunities and challenges is to focus on the things we can directly control and influence. During the next three-year business plan, we will focus on mitigating our own impacts and adapting our products and services to make them more climate benign.
Specifically we will focus on:
- Using the energy hierarchy to minimise the carbon associated with our site activities, vehicle fleet and offices.
- Minimising the operational energy use of the buildings we design and construct.