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Sustainability strategy

MT Højgaard Holding's strategic priorities within sustainability are defined based on the Group's double materiality assessment and structured under the themes E-S-G (Environment - Social - Governance).

Strategic priorities

The Group’s strategic priorities are defined based on the dual materiality analysis and structured under E, S and G

Environmental concerns

Climate

  • Reduce CO2 emissions in own operations (scope 1 and 2)
  • Reduce CO2 emissions from materials (scope 3)
  • Projects that contribute to the green transition

Resources

  • Responsible material sourcing with lower raw material consumption
  • Utilise resources more efficiently
  • Increase reuse and recycling in waste

Pollution & nature

  • Phase out materials with unwanted chemistry
  • Biodiversity efforts in the design and construction phase

Social responsibility

Work environment

  • A safe working environment with far fewer accidents
  • Support employee wellbeing and health

Diversity & conditions

  • Support diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  • Ensure competitive working conditions

Training & development

  • Contribute to educating future generations
  • Competence and talent development of employees

Local responsibility

  • Consider affected communities in the construction process
  • Supporting local communities and social initiatives

Governance

Business conduct

  • Strong management system with supporting policies and processes
  • Conduct timely due diligence on suppliers and subcontractors

Collaboration & certification

  • Prioritise collaboration and support industry standards
  • Working towards certified projects and documented sustainability

Environmental concerns

Climate

Our goal is to reduce CO2 emissions from our own operations (scope 1 and 2) by 16% in 2025 and by 42% in 2030 compared to 2022 levels.

13.601 tons CO2e

Scope 1-2 emissions
(+14% compared to 2022)

The largest share of the Group's emissions occurs in the value chain. We therefore have a target to reduce CO2 emissions in scope 3 by 16% in 2025 and by 42% in 2030 compared to 2022 levels.

115.286 tons CO2e

Scope 3 emissions
(-13% compared to 2022)

Resources

We must optimize resource consumption and increase circularity in our material handling. The goal is 75% recirculation (reuse, recycling and material recovery) by 2025.

68,4%

Waste prepared for recycling

Pollution & nature

We aim to phase out materials with unwanted chemicals and actively work to minimize the impact on biodiversity in both the design and construction phases.

Social responsibility

Work environment

We work to support employee well-being, health and a safe working environment. Our goal is an accident rate of less than 8.

16,6

Number of accidents per 1 million working hours

Diversity & conditions

We want to be a diverse and inclusive workplace. By 2025, the goal is for 30% of the group's white-collar positions to be filled by women.

23,4%

Share of female salaried employees in the group

In the Group, we want a more equal gender distribution at all organizational levels. Therefore, we have a goal to achieve a minimum of 5% female hourly paid employees.

2,6%

Share of female hourly employees in the group

Training & development

Employee learning and development is a high priority for us. We want to help educate future generations and have a goal of 10% of the workforce in training positions.

8%

Share of total workforce in training positions

Local responsibility

It is important for us to consider affected communities in the construction process and to support local communities and social initiatives.

Governance

Business conduct

We are working to strengthen our management system with supporting policies and processes that enable timely due diligence in the value chain.

Collaboration & certification

In the Group, we prioritize collaboration and support industry standards. We work towards certified projects and documented sustainability. Our goal is 50% revenue from certifications.

36,9%

Share of revenue from certified or pre-certified projects

Sustainability report

View the Group's latest sustainability report here and find the previous reports in the archive.

Lastest report

Demonstration projects

The Group’s business units regularly participate in innovative demonstration projects that test new solutions. For example, Enemærke & Petersen has participated in the award-winning Living Places project in Jernbanebyen in Copenhagen. The project shows how it is possible to build with a three times lower carbon footprint, a healthier indoor climate and without increasing costs. MT Højgaard Property Development is responsible for the development of a new housing concept for 4-1 Planet that minimizes greenhouse gas emissions for a typical house.

MT Højgaard Danmark and Enemærke & Petersen are involved in a development project aimed at minimizing resource consumption on construction sites. The project is led by construction knowledge center Molio, while a broad alliance of contractors, research institutions and technology suppliers contribute with everything from specific construction sites to mapping material flows and testing new technology. The project runs until December 2025.

Certification and life cycle assessment

With its own sustainability specialists and auditors in MT Højgaard Property Development, the Group is a strong player in certification and life cycle assessments (LCA). Statutory LCAs are carried out on all the Group’s projects with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from construction.

In 2023, 37% of the group’s revenue came from sustainability-certified or pre-certified projects. The goal is to reach 50% by 2025. One of the significant projects is the DGNB Platinum certified office building Marina Park in Copenhagen, built by MT Højgaard Denmark.

Projects that contribute to the green transition

Recycling of materials
The Group is co-owner of Genbyg, Denmark’s largest DIY store for used building materials. Building materials are being recycled on more and more of the Group’s projects. This includes Åhaven in Odense, where Enemærke & Petersen has ensured the reuse of 100 kitchens and four tons of glulam in connection with the renovation.

Building transformation
A larger and larger part of the Group’s projects are renovation and building transformation. A couple of notable projects are the transformation of Dalum Paper Factory in Odense and the Psychiatric Hospital in Aarhus into new residential areas.

Climate protection
Climate protection is increasingly included in the Group’s projects. Among other things, MT Højgaard Danmark is building the Valby Cloudburst Tunnel for HOFOR, which will protect parts of Copenhagen from flooding in connection with cloudbursts.