Our target:

40 per cent increase in revenue from services contributing to UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Ramboll’s sustainable solutions are applied globally such as assisting with a sustainable strategy to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, collaborating with Swedish Transport Administration on high-speed rail, which will provide the population with the option to travel more sustainably and aiding with solutions to reduce carbon, energy and material wastage in 7,000 residential units in London. Thereby, we are delivering on our commitment to society by shaping a sustainable future.

In 2016, we established a sustainability baseline based on revenue generated from services contributing directly and positively to the SDGs. In 2020, we have set a target of increasing revenue from services contributing directly and positively to the SDGs by 40 per cent compared with the 2016 baseline. Ramboll’s positive contribution to the SDGs in 2019 was DKK 8,409 million, which is equal to 59 per cent of Ramboll’s total revenue. This represents an increase of 57 per cent compared to the baseline in 2016, which shows that we have already met our target.

In each of Ramboll’s market areas, positive progress is being made in relation to the SDGs. Sustainable solutions in both Buildings and Transport have outgrown general growth, and strategic acquisitions in the US have almost doubled sustainable revenue within Water and Energy, respectively.

Sustainable ambitions in Buildings

Ramboll delivers value to society through proactive dialogue with our clients regarding their sustainability ambitions for each project. Ramboll is among the 10 largest building design consultants globally, designing more than 10 million m2 every year of which many will last more than 100 years. With this activity comes a commitment to ensure that sustainability is on the agenda from the outset of a project.

In 2019, Ramboll conducted the 6th edition of the Sustainable Buildings Market Study that explores drivers and trends related to sustainable development in the construction sector. The survey canvasses the views of nearly 400 Nordic and UK based architects, developers, contractors and real estate investors.

All buildings have an environmental impact due to the extensive use of virgin resources and the energy that is required for manufacturing materials, construction processes, and energy use when a building becomes operational.

Therefore, the challenge for the global construction industry, and thus for Ramboll, is to optimise the positive impact from buildings in terms of creating healthy, safe and efficient buildings, while at the same time reducing these negative environmental impacts. Hence, in 2019, Ramboll became a strategic partner to the European regional network of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), which represents Green Building Councils in over 20 countries and works with nine regional partners and over 4,500 diverse members across the construction and real estate sector. It is also the voice for promoting a sustainable built environment in Europe. We are furthermore engaged in the national GBCs in the Nordics, the Middle East and India.

Ramboll has contributed to the development of the WorldGBC Advocacy Manifesto, which defines eight priority areas that will guide and shape actions for achieving the vision of a sustainably built environment. Based on these eight priority areas, we have developed a tool that supports client dialogue related to sustainability targets and ambitions. This enables an informed dialogue regarding sustainability ambitions in the early stages of a building’s design where the opportunity to influence decisions and maximise the positive impact of buildings is greatest.

By using the WGBC Advocacy Manifesto as a framework, the sustainability strategies in our Building’s projects have a positive impact on 11 of the SDGs.

Cultural park with stormwater features in Tianjin, China.

Sustainability strategies

Sustainability strategies have been implemented in all Ramboll business units. Ramboll therefore enters 2020 with detailed sustainability plans and targets for our markets and in 2019 we realised the following revenue contributing to UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Market SDG

SDG revenue
in per cent of
total market
revenue (%)

Buildings 1,305
Energy 1,372 56
Environment & Health
Management Consulting
Total 8,409 59

Ambitions 2020

  • Further strengthen our sustainability focus and conversation, ensuring the success of our clients
  • Continue integrating sustainability into our spearheads offerings to ensure maximum positive impact of our projects
  • Continue awareness raising and market-specific sustainability training for employees.

UN partnership

Since 2007, Ramboll is a signatory to the UN Global Compact and engages with the UN, for example in the form of local network activities and in the ‘Health is Everyone’s Business’ action platform with the purpose of exploring how businesses can drive change within health and well-being. Ramboll also actively contributed to the UN Global Compact publication: ‘Business Leadership Brief for Healthy Planet, Healthy People’.

Another example is Ramboll’s support of young talents working with sustainability. In 2019, Ramboll again partnered with the UNLEASH innovation lab for the SDGs to strengthen the impact of sustainable solutions. Ramboll is also part of the first global class of Young SDG Innovators Programme, which was launched in 2019 to promote innovation on the SDGs among companies that have signed up to the UN Global Compact. The initiative is global and is being piloted in 11 countries.

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