Pioneering research shows the value of sustainable construction
With the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), we set out the business case for pursuing circularity in the built environment.
Consuming over half the world’s virgin resources and accounting for nearly 40% of global carbon emissions and solid waste streams, the construction sector needs urgently to implement low-carbon solutions.
In 2021, we authored a report with the WBCSD to underscore the business value of a circular economy in the construction sector.
Circular building solutions drive real economic value. For instance, through reductions in energy costs and increased asset values, circular buildings can have positive indirect effects on local communities and economies in addition to reducing carbon emissions.
“We are witnessing the early signs of an exciting new phase for the global construction industry – by including the value of circular solutions into the financial business cases of building projects, we can start to quantify the economic benefits and drive decision-making to embrace the true value of the circular economy”, says Roland Hunziker, Director, Sustainable Buildings & Cities at WBCSD.
The report sets out economic, environmental and social benefits of the business case for adopting circular principles, through a literature review, global survey, and several case studies. It cautions that more quantitative data is needed to bring circular economy practices firmly into the mainstream of the construction sector.
“The construction industry is struggling to define, generate, and capture the associated value from circular approaches, and a clear learning curve is required from the industry,” says Phil Kelly, Director for Sustainable Solutions at Ramboll.
Delivering value to clients
Highlighted projects with key clients in 2021
Energy infrastructure masterplan for Empire State Building
In the US, Ramboll won its largest energy masterplan project to date, an energy audit of the Empire State Plaza in New York. We will use a multidisciplinary approach to develop an energy infrastructure masterplan for significantly reducing the Plaza’s carbon footprint.
Harvesting synergies to serve our clients
2021 marked the first full year of the Henning Larsen brand operating as a part of Ramboll. Henning Larsen and Ramboll’s existing design-led disciplines were successfully combined into a new business unit for Architecture & Landscape, whose services are now delivered under the Henning Larsen brand.
Massive overhaul of Denmark's energy infrastructure
The Danish transmission system operator, Energinet, will need to retrofit or build up to 100 substations across Denmark in the next 10-15 years. Ramboll won the owner's engineer contract to retrofit the first three substations.
New framework agreement for water resilience project
Ensuring water quality and security in cities is a global challenge, in large part due to urbanisation and climate change. Ramboll tackles these challenges in a number of framework agreements that establish or strengthen our long-term client relationships.
Raising timber to new heights
The Marble Pier is a joint project from Ramboll and Henning Larsen Architects for AP Pension. At eight stories and 36 metres tall, the Marble Pier will be one of the largest timber buildings ever erected in Denmark and home to some of the most sustainable offices possible.
Scaling sustainability across the real estate portfolio for Storebrand
More and more companies are seeking to improve their sustainability impact across the full value chain. Storebrand aims to reduce energy demand in buildings, invest green in accordance with the EU Taxonomy and reach net-zero emissions in its investment portfolio by 2050.
Progress on our commitments
Our commitment: We care for all employees and their development through leadership, investment in people and equal opportunities. We put health and safety first through a zero-harm culture and safety in design.
Our commitment: We are an active member of society, contributing to its sustainable development. We avoid taking on projects that are damaging to society or destructive to the natural environment.