7. Delivering Carbon Reductions
Our plan for delivering on our Climate Action Plan commitments will evolve to ensure we base our decisions on the latest market conditions and science-based data and continually seek new ways to reduce our carbon footprint and evaluate our climate resilience.
7.1 Business Travel
With business travel representing 60% of our quantified carbon footprint, it is essential that we meet our target to reduce business travel emissions by 20% by 2022 against our 2019 baseline. We have already implemented several measures to meet this target. Our senior leaders have pledged to reduce in-person meetings that require travel; we have increased promotion and awareness of web conferencing tools; and we have implemented employee and manager travel dashboards displaying their progress towards meeting the 20% reduction. These measures have already helped reduce our business travel emissions. Furthermore, we will engage with travel industry partners including airlines, hotels and ground transportation to explore partnering solutions that further reduce emissions from business travel.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated travel restrictions have meant that from March 2020, our business travel significantly reduced and, in most cases, ceased entirely. While this had an immediate impact on the reduction of business travel emissions, we are working to ensure that when travel restrictions are lifted, business travel emissions do not rebound to pre-COVID-19 levels. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in fast-tracking IT improvements to enable better virtual connectivity with coworkers and clients, along with a cultural and behavioral shift to better connect virtually, which we strive to continue to grow.
7.2 Buildings and Vehicles
The remaining 40% of our quantified carbon footprint comes from occupying buildings we own or lease and operating company vehicles. Our direct Scope 1 emissions relate to our vehicle use and energy consumption for those offices where we have direct control. Our indirect Scope 2 emissions comprise our emissions associated with electricity and heating purchased by Jacobs for leased offices.Our Real Estate Operations team is leading our reduction in energy use intensity per office through a mix of strategies, including:
- Optimizing office space utilization.
- Implementing energy reduction initiatives through office sustainability plans.
- Collaborating with landlords across our office portfolio to improve energy metering.
- Focusing on sustainable office buildings.
- Exploring energy certifications for office space.
- Changing fleet and rental car policies to electric and hybrid car preferences.
Our Supply Chain Management and Procurement teams will establish climate action goals for major suppliers; partner with our supply chain to improve Scope 3 data and target reductions; and explore green financing mechanisms attached to climate and carbon performance incentives.
“Limiting warming to 1.5°C is possible within the laws of chemistry and physics, but doing so would require unprecedented changes.”
Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III
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