Sustainable initiatives

Green Deal Concrete Chain

Strukton has launched an initiative in cooperation with the national government, MVO Nederland (CSR Netherlands) and a large number of relevant partners to make the concrete production chain more sustainable in the foreseeable future. Many partners in the chain are included in this initiative. In addition, Strukton has invested in a new development in which green concrete is made by cleaning old railway ballast and reusing it in prefab concrete.

Cradle-to-cradle concrete

Work is also being done on cradle-to-cradle concrete with partners in the chain, whereby the concrete released from demolition works is reused in its entirety. This process was used by us among others in the demolition of the old office towers of the Education Executive Agency and Regional Tax Office in Groningen. Both the concrete granules and the cement sand were reused in new concrete for the new car park to be built near the office block.

CO2 reduction in construction sector logistics

Strukton is working together with TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research) and the Sustainable Logistics programme of Connekt on a range of initiatives to cut CO2 emissions in construction sector logistics. Along with subcontractors we are looking into how we can coordinate planning and storage better in the Central Station project in The Hague. We are also investigating with partners in the concrete and glass production chains how CO2 emissions can be cut as early as the tendering phase.

Online CO2 database

ProRail, Rijkswaterstaat (Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management) and an increasing number of other clients are stipulating that contractors be able to provide information on their own CO2 emissions and the CO2 emissions of their suppliers. Along with Ballast Nedam, Heijmans and Bouwend Nederland, Strukton has set up a database in which all construction companies are able to calculate and record their CO2 footprint. A central database has also been set up for the rail market entitled ‘De Duurzame Leverancier’ (The Sustainable Supplier) at the initiative of Strukton, Grontmij, Antea Group and Movares.

Guiding Principles

In 2008, Strukton signed as joint initiator the Leidende Principes (Guiding Principles) covenant that forms the basis in the construction sector for a socially responsible purchasing policy. By adhering to the code of conduct, the commissioning construction company ensures that the work can be done in a responsible, safe and sustainable way.

Strukton is also associated with:

  • Dutch Green Building Council
    The DGBC aims to make the built-up environment more sustainable by certifying buildings, areas and infrastructure.
  • Bewuste Bouwers
    Bewuste Bouwers (Considerate Constructors) pays attention to safety in the workplace and care for the surroundings.
  • Vernieuwing Bouw
    Vernieuwing Bouw (Modernising Construction) is a platform for linking up people and sharing expertise in the areas of sustainability, social yields and quality improvement.
  • MVO Nederland (CSR The Netherlands)
    MVO Nederland is turning Corporate Social Responsibility as rapidly as possible into a matter of course for all companies and organisations in the Netherlands.