Sustainability

An eye on the future

Sustainable construction and development are some of the most important spearheads within Ballast Nedam. We have the ambition to overachieve the goals of the Climate Agreement. In addition, we embrace the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, on which we base our sustainability strategy.
This strategy is embedded in our corporate social responsibility plan. In 2021, we had our policy verified in accordance with the ISO26000 self-declaration. We are also certified to the highest standard (step 5) of the CO2 performance ladder and are working towards CO2-neutral construction sites by 2030.

ISO 26000 self-declaration
CO2 performance ladder

A true sustainability challenger

Our CSR director Bramske van Beijma sees it as her task to make ground-breaking progress in infrastructure and the built environment. Her passion started during her holidays in Zeeland, where the air was remarkably cleaner than at home.

Her story

News and stories about sustainability

We keep improving in the field of sustainability. Read all about it:

Our sustainability targets

We are working hard to achieve CO2-neutral construction sites by 2030. That is why we already reduced our CO2 emissions by more than 57% between 2008 and 2020. By 2021, we will have achieved a 35% CO2 reduction compared to our new base year of 2019.

A few of the steps we are taking:

  • Making building chains and units more sustainable
  • Investing in solar panels at real estate locations
  • Investing in cleaner and zero-emission equipment on building sites
  • Green energy at construction, production and office sites
  • Electrification of the vehicle fleet
  • Cooperation with partners such as De Groene Koers and Emission-free Network Infra

In addition to 100% CO2-neutral construction sites by 2030, Ballast Nedam's ambition is to achieve 50% circularity and 100% waste-free construction. We prevent the use of new raw materials by designing and building in a detachable and adaptable way and by using reused and recycled materials as much as possible. Whenever new raw materials are needed, they are bio-based and non-toxic as much as possible.

100% green energy

There is no second planet. Therefore, we have to be economical with what we have. To avoid harmful fossil fuels, we made an urgent choice in 2021: Ballast Nedam uses 100% green energy at offices, production sites and construction sites.

We are working ever more energy-efficiently, combating waste and generating our own green energy. In this way, we can realise sustainable energy projects for ourselves and our clients.

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New fuels

More and more hydrogen filling stations are being built in the Netherlands and abroad. The specialists of our Ballast Nedam Industriebouw division have been working on innovations in the field of this new fuel for decades. They have already realised hydrogen filling stations throughout the Benelux, where they work within the WaterstofNet platform. With members from industry and government, this platform develops sustainable hydrogen projects, making emission-free transport and energy storage increasingly feasible.

Our more sustainable units on the construction site

We invest in more sustainable units with high insulation, double glazing, light sensors and LED lighting. Sustainable heat pumps provide cooling and heating. 

We are also increasingly installing solar panels on the roofs of our units, sometimes combined with a battery pack. The frames used to mount the panels on the roofs are designed in such a way that they can easily be reused. Just like the solar panels.

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