11. Usage of Natural Resources

The company discloses the extent to which natural resources are used for the company’s business activities. Possible options here are materials, the input and output of water, soil, waste, energy, land and biodiversity as well as emissions for the life cycles of products and services.

Environmental protection is a top priority throughout the HOCHTIEF Group. In order to avoid negative effects as far as possible and to design our activities in the best possible way, we introduce comprehensive environmental protection measures in our activities and often exceed the high requirements of legislators and customers.

We set our environmental indicators (more on this under criterion 12, performance indicators 11-12 and the Group Report starting on page 140) in relation to the Group's output volume in the respective fiscal year - EUR 25.45 billion in fiscal year 2018 (2017: 24.52 billion). Factors affecting the indicators include the quantity, type, location, and size of our projects. As a rule, the amount of greenhouse gas emissions vary relative to changes in Group work done. We view and evaluate this connection on an ongoing basis. Our goal is to define a base year for our performance indicators by 2020 in order to set specific reduction targets in the years ahead.

Organizational structure of environmental protection in the HOCHTIEF Group

Responsibility for environmental protection at HOCHTIEF lies with the Center for Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental Protection (OSHEP). The head of the OSHEP Center reports directly to the Group Executive Board. An integral part of the Group directive, our Group-wide environmental policies underpin HOCHTIEF's environmental protection culture and pave the way for our project activities. The management systems implemented for environmental protection comply with the ISO 14001 international standard. In 2018, the proportion of Group units certified on the basis of environmental management systems accounted for 75.3 percent (2017: 77.3 percent).

Early risk identification

To ensure that projects are not only commercially successful but also environment-friendly and accident-free, compliance with the underlying statutory and standards-based requirements is a constant focus for all managers at HOCHTIEF. In close consultation with the project teams, our experts identify and evaluate the environmental risks in each project and take corresponding factors into account from the outset in investment decisions. Preventive measures are already put in place in the planning phase and integrated into the construction process.

Involving employees

It is important to us that our employees are aware of environmental issues and develop their understanding of them. We involve and sensitize the workforce to ensure that everyone understands environmental corrlations. The resulting package of measures includes personal training, on-site instruction, and training lectures. HOCHTIEF's environmental experts also engage in professional development and share their knowledge with the project teams on the implementation of environmental protection measures.