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The last month has been an exceptionally positive time for Jacobs, one of the companies that attend Bring It On North East each year.

In support of the global drive to net zero and action on climate change, Jacobs has become a Global Strategic Partner for the World Climate Forum, a recently launched initiative spearheaded by not-for-profit organization World Climate Foundation. Jacobs’ Chair and CEO Steve Demetriou explained, “Overcoming the challenges behind the global transition to a net zero society is a topic we are very passionate about at Jacobs. Having already achieved Net Zero Carbon in 2020 for our operations and business travel, we are now focused on fulfilling our science-based carbon reduction targets, as well as our long-term goal to be carbon negative by 2030. Beyond reducing our own carbon footprint, our Climate Action Plan recognizes that our biggest opportunity to affect climate change comes from the solutions we provide our clients – from the world’s largest infrastructure projects to mission-critical outcomes and cutting-edge manufacturing. Through Jacobs’ involvement with the World Climate Forum we aim to bring this world-class experience to advise on resilient solutions, innovative partnerships and sustainable policy and investment frameworks.”

In addition to this, the company were ranked No. 1 Environmental Consultancy in the UK by Environmental Analyst and recognised at the virtual Business 7 Summit by the UK Business Secretary in a shortlist of construction companies to be praised for their contribution to working towards net zero. Kwasi Kwarteng said: “The UK’s construction and engineering industries are leading the world in the drive to cut emissions, and I am thrilled to see so many businesses from all over the globe share this ambition. As we build back better, the commitments made at this summit will support the construction industry to make this essential low carbon transition and I look forward to working closely with the sector and the Construction Leadership Council on this journey.” 

In other news for the company this month, Jacobs have spoken about their part in a pioneering project to dismantle a Soviet-designed nuclear power plant in Slovakia using remotely operated equipment that they have designed and manufactured in order to carry out such a critical part of the decommissioning process.

It’s exciting that a company at the forefront of all this positive change attends Bring It On North East and that they’re such inspiring role models to the next generation of engineers.


Sources: Infrastructure Intelligence and Jacobs