2. Executive Summary
The need for action to protect our planet from the impacts of climate change is urgent. It is time to think differently about the future — about how we better tackle climate change. It has been proven unequivocally that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by human activity have substantially altered our global environment. These changes will only worsen if global GHG emissions are not quickly reduced. GHGs emitted today will impact the environment for centuries to millennia.
Many of the world’s largest companies have pledged to do their part to limit global average warming to 1.5°C1 in accordance with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recommendations. These companies are working to determine the emission reductions required of their businesses and sectors to meet GHG emission reduction targets, and how to incorporate those changes into profitable business strategies. Jacobs is also pledging to do our part through the actions outlined in this plan.
We deliver impactful, global solutions to create a more connected, sustainable world. We thrive on tackling the world’s most complex challenges – including taking a role in solving the climate crisis. Together, we will accomplish more than we ever could alone.
In this Climate Action Plan, we commit to help solve the climate crisis by achieving and maintaining the following:
1. 100% renewable energy for our operations in 20202.
2. Net zero carbon for our operations and business travel in 2020.
3. Carbon negative for our operations and business travel by 2030.
We will achieve 100% renewable energy and net zero carbon by working tirelessly on reductions and neutralizing our remaining carbon impact by purchasing renewable energy and carbon offsets.
These commitments relate to our internal operations and the way we run our business. They address our carbon footprint from activities in our offices and facilities and from business travel.3 Yet, our biggest opportunity to affect climate change comes through our influence and the work we perform with our clients – from the world’s largest infrastructure projects to mission-critical outcomes and cuttingedge manufacturing. Partnering with our clients to challenge what is expected, we are able to better design resilient solutions that positively affect the projected climate change effects and discover a new way forward.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on humanity and the world economy in 2020, it has taught us that it is possible for the world to come together for a common cause. If we 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. At Jacobs, we are doing our part to stay ahead and create the new standards our future needs.
1 For more information on the 1.5°C limit and climate change generally, see IPCC Summary for Policymakers.
2 Before the end of Calendar Year 2020 and for full Fiscal Year 2020, Jacobs will achieve carbon neutral status. This note applies to all references to 2020 in our Climate Action Plan and related charts.
3 Scope 3 emissions beyond business travel are not included in this commitment because Scope 3 emission estimates are not yet reliable and are being addressed through partnerships within our supply chain and through our commitment to the Science-based Target initiative (SBTi).
Related terms: COVID-19, COVID, Coronavirus