An eye to 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.
Ballast Nedam is certified for the highest standard of the CO2 performance ladder and works towards creating emission-free construction sites.

Our sustainability policy

Our sustainability challenger

Energy generation, 100% electrical equipment, green facades, the promotion of biodiversity: 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.

Bramske's point of view

News and stories about sustainability

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

Our current goals

We aim to achieve energy-neutral construction sites in 2030. We already reduced our CO2 emissions by more than 57% between 2008 and 2020. In 2020 we made no less than 17% of our site office units more sustainable and started implementing energy-efficient units with solar panels on the roof. We invest in sustainable equipment and collaborate with partners within the sustainable initiative De Groene Koers (The Green Course).

We also aim for 50% circularity on the construction sites by 2030, using the standards of the CO2 performance ladder as a guideline. This means that we want to realise at least half of our projects with reusable materials and less plastic on the construction site. Thanks to this sustainability, we can continue to successfully build a future-proof living environment.

This asphalt saves energy

For the construction of the A9 Gaasperdammertunnel, Ballast Nedam and the DIBEC organisational unit within the IXAS consortium have conducted research into reflective asphalt that can be used to save energy. The white stones in the mixture reflect the light better so that lamps do not have to burn as brightly. The energy savings? As high as twenty per cent.

A9 Gaasperdammerweg
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.

Investing in the future

To reduce Ballast Nedam’s footprint, the focus is on mobility and sustainability measures at construction sites. The goal is a CO2-neutral construction site in 2030.

We invest in more sustainable site units with high insulation, double glazing, light sensors and L.E.D. fittings, and for cooling and heating, we are using a sustainable heat pump. Fifteen to twenty per cent of all units have now been removed and replaced by these new, more sustainable units.

Biodiversity comes first: project 'De Groene Loper'

Snakeweed, cornflowers, meadow sage, poppies, knapweed, hawksbill seed, daisies, ox tongue… It all grows on the Groene Loper in Maastricht, a Ballast Nedam project. How did this come about? With two indispensable ingredients: mutual trust and Limburg marl, the ecological gold.

Our business units Ballast Nedam Development and Laudy Building & Development, transformed the most polluted area of Maastricht into an area with a healthy living, working and living environment. A 2.6 kilometres stretch of the A2 was moved into a double-deck tunnel, freeing up space above ground for a green avenue.

The space was used to realise some 1,100 sustainable and energy-neutral homes - everything with the goal: to create one of the healthiest urban areas in the Netherlands. Already in the tender phase, we actively looked at options to make the project as green and biodiverse as possible. The impact of this circular area development named 'De Groene Loper' ('The Green Avenue') has been awarded the Sustainable Residential Development Award.

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