Jacobs Releases Climate Action Plan, Reporting Net Zero Carbon in 2020 and Carbon Negative by 2030; Steve Demetriou Quoted

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Jacobs has released a Climate Action Plan to outline the company’s commitments to combat the climate crisis, the company announced on Wednesday.

“From the way we operate our business, to the work we perform with clients and other organizations, Jacobs’ Climate Action Plan details how we will continue to make a positive environmental, societal and economic difference for businesses, governments and communities around the world,” said Jacobs Chair and CEO Steve Demetriou.

Jacobs’ Climate Action Plan has committed to help solve the climate crisis by achieving and maintaining 100 percent renewable energy, net zero carbon for the company’s operations and business travel in 2020 and carbon negative for its operations and business travel by 2030.

The Climate Action Plan has also outlined delivery plans built on the foundations of Jacobs’ PlanBeyond strategy, which was launched in early 2019 to set out sustainability priorities across the business and how the company is helping sustain the planet for future generations.

PlanBeyond’s strategy has been aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). The strategy has projected an approach to Jacobs’ sustainability platform. It has planned for a more sustainable future for everyone. PlanBeyond has prioritized the environmental, social and economic impacts on Jacobs’ business, by focusing on Jacobs’ people, places and partnerships.

The Climate Action Plan has targeted for carbon reductions across both Jacobs’ operations and supply chain emissions by 2030. Jacobs’ biggest opportunity to affect climate change is through the work performed for clients.

Because of Jacobs’ continued commitment to sustainability, the company was recently recognized by Environmental Business International (EBI) with six business achievement awards for leadership and outstanding performance in its corporate, environmental and climate change work in 2019.

Of the awards, Jacobs received, inclusion and diversity, has recognized the company’s continued efforts to develop “Conscious Inclusion” training for all employees, broadening ethnic and gender diversity in its executive team and adding an eighth global employee network.

The company also received an industry leadership award for its hydrogen economy. Jacobs developed a sustainable hydrogen supply chain model tailored for Australia’s emerging hydrogen economy. Jacobs’ global thought leaders developed a white paper that outlined a sustainable vision for hydrogen production in Australia in May 2019.

The third award recognized Jacobs’ social contributions. The company worked with Home Leone’s anti-poverty program in the West Africa country of Sierra Leone, which is developing a new community and relocating more than 2,000 people from across Freetown’s 62 slums to new, secure, low-cost homes.

“Today, we reveal a plan that sets us apart – capturing the shared passion, pride and drive of our people as we work to preserve our planet for future generations,” added Demetriou.

About Jacobs

At Jacobs, we’re challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world’s most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good.

With $13 billion in revenue and a talent force of more than 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.

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