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Climate Action Plan:   Chair & CEO Statement  •  Executive Summary  •  Introduction  •  About Us
Our Carbon Footprint  •  Climate Commitments  •  Delivering Carbon Reductions  •  Offsetting the Balance
Partnering for Solutions  •  Climate Risk Management  •  Governance

Our Carbon Footprint

5. Our Carbon Footprint

As shown in Figure 1, Jacobs’ carbon footprint for total Scope 1 and 2 emissions from our operations, and the business travel portion of our Scope 3 emissions4, was 166,365 metric tonnes of CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) in fiscal year 2019. The largest portion of our carbon footprint is business travel, comprising 60% of our total quantified emissions. To address this, our first carbon reduction goal was set in 2019 to reduce business travel emissions by 20% by 2022 against our 2019 baseline. This goal will be continually monitored and reassessed as we work to meet our Climate Action Plan commitments. The remainder of our Scope 3 emissions are still being quantified.

As a service provider, our carbon emissions are relatively low compared to other industries. However, we design solutions for some of the world’s largest infrastructure and mission critical programs ranging from mass transit facilities to high technology manufacturing facilities to sports complexes. As the world’s leading design company ranked by Engineering News-Record, our biggest opportunity to affect climate change and reduce Scope 3 emissions is through our influence in design. That is why we are committing to working with our clients in conducting climate risk assessments; advising on adaptation and resiliency planning; and providing carbon management solutions to reduce or remove direct or embodied GHGs throughout our design and consulting services.

Figure 1:

Emissions chart


4 Scope 1 emissions are carbon emissions that a company directly creates at the source. For example, exhaust from vehicles or combustion of natural gas in a boiler for heating a building. Scope 2 emissions are emissions that are indirectly caused by the energy consumption of a company but which are emitted from equipment or sources controlled by other parties. Scope 3 emissions are the indirect emissions that come from all the other activities a company engages in and is often referred to as emissions from the supply chain.