Sustainability Toolbox

22 October 2020 Rikke Bjerregaard Orry

The modern use of the term sustainability is extensive and a complex issue to define precisely. It holds many different facets which, at times, can make it an immense challenge to devise and phase a sustainability strategy.

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‘Sustainability’ is a widely used term that is complex to define precisely. It encompasses many different facets, which can make it immensely challenging when developing and implementing a sustainability strategy. Within the built environment, sustainability is a holistic matter where all disciplines need to collaborate in solving challenges. This serves to create buildings and surroundings where people can live and thrive without damaging the environment.

Ramboll’s goal is to promote and implement sustainability in all kinds of projects within the built environment. We therefore seek to empower, enlighten, and support our clients in navigating within the constantly evolving sustainability agenda. Drawing on a wide range of experts working with sustainability, huge geographical coverage, and our Sustainability Toolbox, we are uniquely qualified to help clients achieve their sustainability ambitions. The Ramboll Sustainability Toolbox contains different practical tools that we use when working with clients. One of the tools is The Sustainable is Dialogue Tool (SDT). SDT is an online digital tool that supports early-stage dialogue with clients regarding sustainability in the built environment. We use the tool when developing a sustainability strategy for a project by evaluating eight priority areas:

  • CO2-emissions
  • Circular Economy
  • Health & Well-being
  • Water Use
  • Cost & Value
  • Resilience
  • Biodiversity
  • Just Transition

By using SDT, we can help clients develop sustainability strategies specific to each project that define their priorities, targets, risks, opportunities, and actions.

The SDT uses the World Green Building Council’s Advocacy Manifesto from 2019 as a framework. The SDT provides an overview of eight priority areas and their underlying themes that need to be considered in the global construction industry. It also covers the tangible and sustainable design requirements and suggestions for nationally & globally applicable ambition levels for these requirements. The tool reflects a holistic and comprehensive approach to sustainability, which is an extension of Ramboll’s values, the services we can provide, and the projects that we are proud to deliver.