Bechtel Sets Ambitious Targets to Promote Global Sustainable Development

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – From the Paris climate agreement to the launch of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world has decisively shifted to a future of cleaner energy, greener infrastructure, and universal access to clean water. Amid this growing trend, large companies have an opportunity to advance sustainability across their businesses to help create a resilient, prosperous planet.

Bechtel has launched long-term sustainability targets to increase the company’s contributions to global sustainability. In its newly published Sustainability Report 2016: Engineering the Next 100 Years, Bechtel describes how it is implementing new tools, procedures, and initiatives to spur innovation, reduce environmental footprint, and protect vulnerable workers and communities. These efforts constitute the backbone of its ambitious targets that Bechtel will pursue in 2017 and beyond.

By 2030, Bechtel aims to:

  • Contribute 100 ideas to help achieve the UN SDGs
  • Improve the resilience of five million people to natural hazards through voluntary initiatives
  • Use sustainable alternatives to reduce its environmental footprint on 100 percent of its key facilities
  • Engage 100 percent of its key suppliers to promote sustainability, including within their own supply chains

According to Tam Nguyen, Bechtel’s global head of sustainability, these goals also make sense from a business point of view as sustainability measures can increase the financial bottom-line of a company.

Generating zero-carbon power

In 2015, Bechtel delivered the Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear reactor for the Tennessee Valley Authority. Now operational, Unit 2 joins the facility’s existing unit to generate nearly 2,300 megawatts of clean, carbon-free electricity – enough to power 1.3 million homes and businesses in the Tennessee Valley.

Saving water, lowering emissions

Bechtel is designing and building some of the world’s cleanest natural gas power plants for Panda Power Funds. Using the most advanced emissions-control technology, the 1,124-megawatt Hummel Station, in Pennsylvania, will supply power to more than one million homes – almost triple the supply of the coal facility it replaces – using only three percent of the amount of water.

Sustainable Transport

Bechtel is helping to raise the bar for sustainable rail in the United Kingdom by working with its customer, Crossrail Ltd., to ensure Crossrail, the largest construction project in Europe, is accessible to people with disabilities.

Strengthening communities

With help from Bechtel, Engineers Without Borders (EWB), and local partners, nearly 600 villagers in remote northwest Honduras, will have access to clean water. EWB and Bechtel are also working with leaders of the Mikomago community, in Uganda, to provide safe, clean water to more than 1,700 people.

Source: 3BL Media