Skanska: Major short-term gains are possible in carbon reduction, but long-term innovation is vital.

Skanska is a world leading project development and construction group and has had a leading role in developing the roadmap to implement Sweden’s low carbon plan 2045. 

While leading the process Skanska has succeeded in gathering the whole sector around common targets for carbon.

“The construction industry is a really important part of emissions in general and we account for 20% of Sweden’s carbon emissions,” explains Skanska Sweden’s Agneta Wannerström, Project Leader, “Roadmap for a Carbon Neutral Building- and Infrastructure Sector”

“The roadmap has actually successfully gathered industry and the sector as a whole and there are things coming up. There are innovations going on that we can scale up.

Need for innovation

“Existing current technology will help us quite a lot and help up cut carbon emissions by maybe 40% and then we need innovations.

Indeed there are already major innovations going on. For example, Skanska and Volvo CE are involved in a R&D project to electrify a whole quarry, a whole site.

“We will have a full-scale test this fall and the target is to cut carbon by 95% and costs by 25%. So there are things going on that will really help us take a step forward in cutting carbon.

Role of construction sector

“The building and infrastructure sector including real estate represents 20% of Sweden’s carbon emissions and thus we are really important players to really accomplish the carbon targets for Sweden. It is also important to be a role model internationally to show what is possible and how we can do it,” she says.

“The keys to making the carbon transition are, as always, collaboration, leadership and business. And we really have to learn quite a lot. It’s a new way of working, a new way of doing business. So we really have to build competence. But the main thing is leadership and we have to make good business to be competitive and fossil-free.”

“We have to do so much in order to make this carbon transition. We haven’t picked any ‘low hanging fruits’ yet. So if we just start working we will cut carbon emissions and costs in quite a good way. But maybe in 10 to 20 years we will really need innovations and new ways of doing things. So I think there is quite a lot to do.”

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Full interview with Agneta Wannerström, Project Leader, “Roadmap for a Carbon Neutral Building- and Infrastructure Sector”,  Skanska Sweden

What has been Skanska’s role in developing Sweden’s low carbon plan 2045?

Skanska has had a leading role in developing the roadmap and gathering the whole sector around common targets in carbon.

We have been leading the process for about half a year and have been delivering the roadmap to the Parliament.

What progress is being made in implementing Sweden’s carbon roadmap?

I think the construction industry is a really important part of emissions in general and we account for 20% of the carbon emissions and the roadmap has actually successfully gathered industry and the sector as a whole and there are things coming up. There are innovations going on that we can scale up and we all know by now that the existing current technology will help us quite a lot and help up cut carbon emissions by maybe 40% and then we need innovations.

There are innovations going on. For example a research and development project to electrify a whole quarry, a whole site. We will have a full-scale test this fall and the target is to cut carbon by 95% and costs by 25%. So there are things going on that will really help us take a step forward in cutting carbon.

How important is it for the construction sector to be centre-stage in promoting carbon-neutral infrastructure?

The building and infrastructure sector including real estate represents 20% of Sweden’s carbon emissions and thus we are really important players to really accomplish the carbon targets for Sweden. It is also important to be a role model internationally to show what is possible and how we can do it.

What are the keys to making the carbon transition?

The keys to making the carbon transition are, as always, collaboration, leadership and business. And we really have to learn quite a lot. It’s a new way of working, a new way of doing business. So we really have to build competence. But the main thing is leadership and we have to make good business to be competitive and fossil-free.

What more can be done to promote low-carbon construction and carbon-neutral infrastructure?

We have to do so much in order to make this carbon transition. We haven’t picked any ‘low hanging fruits’ yet. So if we just start working we will cut carbon emissions and costs in quite a good way? But maybe in 10 to 20 years we will really need innovations and new ways of doing things. So I think there is quite a lot to do.

 

 

 

September 14, 2018
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