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Decarbonization

In 2021, the world’s attention has shifted toward the global drive to net zero, with the United Nations describing it as a “make or break year” for action on climate change.

 

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In 2020, net zero carbon commitments roughly doubled, with many countries embracing the opportunity to deliver “green stimulus” to support economic recovery post-COVID. And in November, world leaders will gather at COP26 to coordinate action to stop the rise in global temperatures. Decarbonization has a big role to play.

Reducing emissions and reaching “net zero” on a global level has been – and will continue to be – one of the world’s largest and most pressing challenges in the coming decades. With the effects of climate change  – extreme weather events,  polar ice cap melts, wildfires and droughts – becoming more frequent and more intense, it’s paramount that we take urgent action to tackle this problem and its associated impacts on environments, economies and societies around the globe.

Decarbonization is our overarching path to a net zero future and this “race to zero” comprises two complementary pathways. The first pathway is about reducing the carbon footprint produced across every industry – from water and transport, to manufacturing and city precincts. The second is by decarbonizing the gas and electricity systems that power them, which is commonly referred to as “the energy transition.”

Helping our clients to reduce their carbon footprint

Emissions stem from our business activities and societal drive for growth. From cleaning our water so that it’s drinkable, to getting people to work in the morning and then back to their families at the end of the day, most of the activities we engage in on a daily basis have an impact. And as our global population increases and our economies evolve, our carbon footprint will continue to grow unless we make an active effort to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions stemming from these activities.

Supporting organizations across industries in their journey towards net zero emissions will be underpinned by our ability to develop solutions that support the alignment between net zero objectives as well as economic, environmentally sustainable and equitable growth. But this isn’t simply a case of adapting in the face of change. It’s about maximizing the transformational opportunities that arise on this journey, developing sustainable and resilient solutions that enable humanity to thrive, while living within our planetary limits.

Decarbonizing our energy systems

The way we produce, transmit, distribute and use energy is transforming rapidly. Our gas and electricity systems are shifting away from fossil fuels and toward “green” energy. In the future, when we charge our electric vehicles or turn on our lights at home, the power we use is more likely to come from renewable and clean energy sources.

One of the biggest challenges in this transition will be developing energy systems that are not only “clean,” but also reliable and affordable. The sun doesn’t always shine, and the wind doesn’t always blow, so how can we make sure that renewable energy is always available when and where we need it? And how can we make sure that our drive towards a green future positively impacts economic growth?

Our biggest opportunity to address climate change comes from the solutions we provide to our clients – from the world’s largest infrastructure projects to mission-critical outcomes and cutting-edge manufacturing

Reducing Carbon

Setting emission reduction targets is one thing, meeting them is another – and the road to a net zero-carbon future will be different for every organization. No matter where you are on your decarbonization journey, we partner with you to create smart, tangible solutions that help realize your net zero commitments and transform the world for good.

Whether you’re looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint, a review of your existing net zero strategy and implementation plan, or a solutions provider to manage your journey from start to finish, our clear and proven approach to decarbonization sets us apart.

Meet Zoe Haseman, Vice President of Global Sustainability

Zoe Haseman From a small startup that became a Queen’s Awardee for Enterprise to leading company-wide sustainability strategies and landmark sustainability master plans for clients, Zoe Haseman isn’t afraid to think differently. As Jacobs' Vice President of Global Sustainability, she’s inciting our transformation to push the limits of what’s possible and stay ahead to create new pathways for the future: a more connected, sustainable tomorrow.

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The Energy Transition

We’re working with clients around the world to develop strategies and implement projects that integrate an optimal mix of renewable energy generation, storage solutions and infrastructure to achieve a successful energy transition that reduces emissions, supports reliability and strengthens liveability outcomes for our communities.

Not only do we deliver world-class technical solutions, our work is underpinned by strategic, forward-looking advisory on developing trends that will shape the future of energy – from changing consumer behaviors and a rapidly evolving policy environment to the ever increasing pace of change in the emerging digital and technology landscape.

Meet Pete Adams, Global Director for Power

Pete Adams headshot As Jacobs' Global Director for Power, Pete Adam's role is about working with our clients and teams across the world to develop strategies and implement projects that integrate an optimal mix of green energy generation, storage solutions and electricity infrastructure to achieve a successful energy transition that reduces emissions, supports reliability and strengthens livability outcomes for our communities.

 

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Partner with a company that walks the talk

Our commitment of achieving net zero carbon for our operations and business travel was realized in 2020, and we’re now focused on fulfilling our science-based carbon reduction targets — planning beyond today for a more sustainable tomorrow.

Learn more about our Climate Action Plan and our approach to sustainability, PlanBeyondSM.