Jacobs Releases Plan to be Net Zero Carbon in 2020 and Carbon Negative by 2030

Jacobs' newly released Climate Action Plan shows that the Dallas-based firm hopes to achieve 100 percent renewable energy and net zero carbon for its operations and business travel this year.

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Jacobs has released its Climate Action Plan that it said demonstrates a commitment to helping solve the climate crisis.

The released plan sets Jacobs apart. According to Jacobs Chair and CEO Steve Demetriou, it captures the passion, pride, and drive of employees who are working to preserve the planet for future generations.

“From the way we operate our business, to the work we perform with clients and other organizations,” he said, “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.”

The newly released plan outlines Jacobs’ next steps. The Dallas-headquartered firm intends to achieve 100 percent renewable energy and net zero carbon for its operations and business travel this year an carbon negative by 2030.

Jacobs said the biggest opportunity to do so is in the work it performs for clients. That could be anything from infrastructure projects to cutting-edge manufacturing.

The Climate Action Plan builds on Jacobs’ PlanBeyondTM strategy. Launched in early 2019, the strategy put forth Jacobs’ sustainability priorities and plans for the planet for future generations. The goals are backed by science, and Jacobs recognizes the carbon reductions are ambitious. The firm compared its environmental plans to those being taken to fight coronavirus:

While the COVID-19 pandemic has already made a profound impact on humanity and the global economy, it has shown communities, governments and citizens that it is possible for the world to unite together around a common cause. If people solve for climate change with the same sense of community and urgency, with everyone looking for new ways to commute, communicate and work, there is hope that the climate crisis can be slowed, and ultimately, curbed. Jacobs is doing its part to stay ahead and create these kinds of new standards the future needs.

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This isn’t the first time Jacobs has taken drastic steps to improve climate change.

Last year, Environmental Business International recognized Jacobs Global Environmental Solutions with 11 business achievement awards for leadership and outstanding performance for its environmental and climate change innovations. The Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) and Climate Change Business Journal (CCBJ) said they chose Jacobs for its leadership in technology, environmental restoration and remediation, climate change adaptation and resilience, and social contribution.

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