Ramboll consumes energy in its own offices and operations. We can reduce our adverse impact on the climate by reducing our energy consumption, improving our energy efficiency and reducing our energy intensity. Energy consumption from electricity, cooling and heating was 4,393 tonnes in 2020 (7,168: 2019). It was reduced from 0.41 tonnes per employee in 2019 to 0.32 in 2020. Due to the global lockdowns that have impacted all Ramboll locations, energy usage and efficiency have also been affected by varying degrees.
Ramboll’s energy consumption ambitions 2021

Business Travel

In 2019, we saw a significant increase in business travel, making it difficult to reach the declared target of reducing the CO2/FTE by 20 per cent over the period 2016 to 2020. This trend continued at the beginning of 2020. This changed dramatically as the global lockdown and widespread travel restrictions were rolled out in March 2020, and the first half of 2020 almost completely halted business travel. Across the full year, CO2 emissions from business travel decreased in 2020 to 10,051 (29,378: 2019) equal to 0.73 tonnes per FTE from 1.67 tonnes in 2019. A central learning point will be to identify ways of mitigating a return to the old travel patterns. This will be addressed as part of setting Ramboll’s Science-Based Targets.

Water

Ramboll consumes water in our own offices and operations. By working towards reducing our water consumption through a focus on our water withdrawal, water efficiency, recycling and reuse, water discharge and affected water bodies, we can reduce our consumption. Ramboll wants to reduce water consumption by 15 per cent per employee by 2025 (from baseline year 2016) and to reuse secondary water such as rainwater whenever feasible.

Waste

Ramboll’s activities in our offices give rise to waste and wastewater. By working towards reducing our waste and wastewater, for example, through improved waste management, recycling, spills and hazardous waste management, we can reduce our negative impact on the environment. We have set a target to increase the amount of sorted waste to 90 per cent, and the amount of sorted hazardous waste to 100 per cent by 2025 (from the baseline year 2016). We have also set a target to reduce the total waste produced per employee by 15 per cent within the same timeframe.

Climate risks 

For Ramboll, the main internal climate risks are related to our office locations and the resilience of our office buildings. When it is possible, for instance, when a new office building is being leased, sustainability is a key consideration in the selection process. A central element in this is certification. This is an area where we have made positive progress. In Oslo and Trondheim, Norway and Malmö, Sweden, we have been able to move into buildings that have obtained BREEAM Excellent certifications and the new company Head Office in Espoo, Helsinki, Finland holds a LEED gold certification. We have also recently moved into a new office in Skien, which is among Norway’s most sustainable buildings and holds a BREEAM Excellent certification.

Indoor air quality

Ramboll has launched an initiative to monitor the indoor air quality of our offices. A few pilot offices have been selected and monitoring devices installed, and the target is to increase the number of offices included in the future. The target is to monitor indoor air quality and to take action to improve it, where needed.

Sustainable project management

Responsible business behaviour and sustainability are integral elements to all projects that Ramboll delivers to its clients. As part of implementing sustainability across our value chain and as part of our Project Excellence framework, we continuously develop the project procedures in relation to project risks, quality management and sustainability in design.

In 2020, an updated Project Model was introduced to further improve our project delivery. This also included a digital project integration tool, which ensures project managers will follow Ramboll’s requirements in relation to project delivery. Procedures have been updated including for sustainability and digital training has been offered to the organisation.

Our ambition for 2021 will be to focus on embedding the Project Model and PI tool through training and follow-up.

Sustainable procurement

We ask that all our suppliers commit to our Business Associate Code of Conduct. This ensures that Ramboll’s suppliers demonstrate responsible business conduct to mitigate adverse social or environmental impact. In 2020, 84 per cent of suppliers managed by Global Procurement signed the Code. We have made good progress in the past two years with monitoring and increasing compliance levels. In 2021, we target full compliance on agreements owned by Global Procurement and will introduce measures to drive compliance in all areas. Ramboll procures products and services for our offices and operations globally, and, as part of this, suppliers are screened for sustainability measures. Global Procurement helped move the Ramboll office in Oslo to a new location. Weighting on sustainable and eco-labelled furniture in the tender material was a very large part of the total selection parameters and on level with the price.

Ramboll continues to promote the use of eco-labelled office supplies. Today, the global share of eco-labelled products is approximately 28 per cent. The objective for the end of 2022 is that the total share of eco-labelled products reaches 75 per cent.

In Denmark, where our headquarters is located, Ramboll was among pioneers in 2020 with a policy to allow only EVs and Plug-in Hybrid cars in the company carfleet when new vehicles are purchased. In 2021, 35 pool cars will be replaced with full EVs. In line with the new policy, we expect to lower our CO2 emissions by 74 per cent by cars by year-end 2023 compared to 2019.

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