Skanska recently played host to the CEO Alliance meeting at the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, Sweden. This gathering brought together CEOs from various member companies to delve into collaborative strategies for sustainable business development and innovation. The primary goal was to expedite the climate transition and enhance Europe’s industrial competitiveness.
The CEO Alliance comprises companies spanning diverse industries, unified by a shared commitment to reducing CO2 emissions across all scopes. These companies are focused on crafting business models that can catalyze the shift towards a fossil-free society.
Anders Danielsson, CEO of Skanska AB, emphasized the necessity of collective efforts and collaboration between EU member states, the public sector, and industry to realize the vision of a more prosperous, sustainable, and resilient Europe with reduced emissions. The CEO Alliance, according to Danielsson, represents a tangible step in that direction, where companies pool their expertise to develop models for a more sustainable society aligned with their core businesses.
The meeting took place at the ESS (European Spallation Source), a research facility under construction in Lund, Sweden, and featuring a data management and software center in Copenhagen, Denmark. Skanska played a crucial role in the civil construction of ESS, successfully completing it in 2022. ESS is poised to become the world’s most powerful accelerator-based neutron source by the end of 2027, facilitating groundbreaking research across academia and industry. Thousands of researchers are expected to leverage the facility to explore materials and biological systems, unlocking discoveries and driving innovative solutions for global challenges in energy, healthcare, and sustainability.
The CEO Alliance comprises ten leading European companies representing key industry sectors, boasting over 1.5 million employees and more than EUR 500 billion in annual revenue. Its members include Skanska, AAB, E.ON, Enel, Ericsson, Iberdrola, Scania, Schneider Electric, and Volkswagen.