Since launching its sustainability initiative in 2009, Implenia has moved a significant step closer to its goal of being a thoroughly sustainable company. The company’s Sustainability Report, which will be published for the fourth time in August 2018, will provide details of what has been achieved and about Implenia’s new objectives. This chapter focuses on a few main points that reflect Implenia’s commitment and its determination to live up to its responsibilities.
On course to being a thoroughly sustainable business.
Fourth Sustainability Report to be published in August 2018 in line with GRI standards
Environmental training on noise, dust, and machinery carried out
53 major projects with sustainability labels underway
Switzerland’s construction industry employs around 7 percent of the national workforce and contributes substantially to the country’s prosperity by creating 5 percent of its total economic added value. The construction industry has a large responsibility when it comes to sustainability: it accounts for around 30 percent of Switzerland’s domestic greenhouse gas emissions, 40 percent of its energy consumption, and half of its waste. As Switzerland’s leading construction company, Implenia takes its responsibilities seriously.
Implenia’s sustainability work is guided and influenced by megatrends such as mobility, the the move towards renewables, urban sprawl and resource scarcity. The Group’s activities are governed by the following five priorities.
The construction industry has an enormous impact on the environment. Implenia always thrives to find sustainable approaches, and not just for projects it has developed itself. All sub-contractors and suppliers now have to pass an external qualification test that sets minimum as well as additional sustainability requirements. Sustainability evaluations will play an even greater role in awarding contracts in future.
Implenia wants to be an attractive employer, and it does many things to protect the health of its employees and ensure their safety. The Group is also committed to its employees’ general well-being and their professional training and development.
Switzerland’s largest timber-built residential development The “sue&til” residential and commercial redevelopment in Oberwinterthur is the largest wooden housing project yet built in Switzerland. Implenia is putting its sustainability strategy firmly into practice with “sue&til”, which is being built to SIA Energy Efficiency Path 2040 standards. The use of timber, a sustainable building material, rather than bricks or concrete cuts greenhouse gas emissions by between 15 and 30 percent.
Implenia has set itself ambitious environmental targets. Among other things, the company is keen to increase its energy efficiency, and in so doing cut its CO2 emissions and consumption of resources. By the end of 2016, Implenia had already reduced its absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 12.5 percent since the baseline year of 2012/13. Relative to revenue, Implenia achieved a total of 7.4 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
Implenia’s “Code of Conduct” provides binding guidelines for all actions and decisions taken by employees. It sets out principles for dealing with customers, business partners and employees. Implenia strives for an active dialogue on sustainability with representatives of wider society, politics and business. The company’s sustainability priorities are regularly reviewed, with input from employees and external stakeholders.
Implenia aims to create sustainable value. The Group continually focuses its structures and processes on market requirements; it maintains its entrepreneurial freedom by striking a healthy balance between opportunity and risk.
With the aim of reinvigorating its sustainability efforts in the three main areas of economy, environment and society, Implenia held an internal Sustainability Workshop at the start of 2017 with around 80 managers from around the Group. Participants defined nine sustainability initiatives and set up working groups to carry them out. Implementation of these initiatives has been in full swing ever since and will continue in 2018.
A modular training programme has been developed that can be accessed from 2018. It focuses mainly on sustainable construction and on the use of sustainability certificates.
“Total Evaluation of Sustainable Construction” (GeNaB®), the sustainability assessment tool developed by Implenia nearly ten years ago, has been adapted to match the new Swiss Sustainable Construction Standard (SNBS). As a result, projects that Implenia develops itself will in future be evaluated using updated criteria.
Implenia has also introduced a concept, called “Chantier Marguerite”, to ensure more sustainable management of construction sites; this was used for the first time at the new office complex being built for the United Nations.
Help where it’s needed Our junior project manager Fabio Subiaz (left) at work in Cambodia. Pictured with local architect, Seila Sam (centre) and local construction manager Srun Bun (right).
The newly launched “Implenia Without Borders” initiative includes projects which focus on social responsibility. To start with, Implenia is lending its construction expertise to a social project in Cambodia. The “Smiling Gecko” organisation is building a village here utilising economically and environmentally sustainable processes; this will serve as a role model for further projects of this type throughout the country. The first Implenia employees went over in summer 2017 to contribute their specialist knowledge to a school construction project, simultaneously helping to improve the skills of the Cambodians working with them. Several organisations are involved in the project, including the ETH Zurich. Implenia’s involvement directly helps the people in Cambodia, but it also serves as a challenging and effective development opportunity for employees from all over the Group.