Sustainability Solutions

More than a century of project experience spanning the globe

We have delivered highly complex projects, in some of the most challenging environments, contributing to the evolution of the engineering industry, the job skills, and the economic well-being of people on multiple continents. We use a full-spectrum approach to develop, design, build, operate, and decommission projects. Environmental, social, economic, and quality factors are integrated into our projects to promote positive, lasting effects from our projects and operations.

Innovative engineering and design

Bechtel uses technology and data analytics to deliver the next generation of engineering and construction projects. This enables us to identify the best design alternatives and evaluate measures to enhance the life cycle associated with design elements.  Alternative analysis can include measures to minimize carbon emissions, protect and conserve natural resources, protect human well-being, and promote resilience against climate changes. Bechtel has a core of engineers trained in sustainability, with credentials including LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology). Learn more about our innovative engineering on the Crossrail project. 

Master planning

Bechtel pioneered the design, planning, and delivery of national development strategies. From concept to implementation, Bechtel performs feasibility studies, engineering and design work, and management processes to execute comprehensive infrastructure projects and regional initiatives that build local and national economies and promote community development. Enhancing the technical capabilities of local professionals to build, operate, and manage these national initiativesfor the long term—is our hallmark. Read about our pioneering work in Gabon.

Local capacity development

Bechtel brings an optimize-and-maximize approach when beginning work in a particular country, tailoring the approach to local conditions and concerns. We identify clusters of existing capacities to support a new project, including skilled craft workers, vocational training institutions, food and hospitality, and local equipment and technology. We then conduct customized programs that maximize the participation of local workers and suppliers in construction work, thereby building experience and enhancing local skills. Because every context is unique, we implement specialty programs, such as workshops to prepare small businesses for post-construction work, apprenticeship programs to advance high-potential workers, indigenous workforce development, and mentoring future civil servants to operate and manage projects. These efforts modernize workforces and help small businesses to be competitive in future opportunitieswhether with Bechtel or other projects. Learn more about our local capacity in Queensland, Oman, Angola, and the US Gulf Coast.

Sustainable procurement and construction

We gear our construction techniques and global procurement processes to use recycled and local materials, reduce energy consumption, and mitigate greenhouse-gas emissions. To improve the sustainability and quality of our projects, we use building information modeling (BIM), a 3D imaging and data analytics tool to support decision-making on design and construction alternatives. We also operate a number of module yards across the globe for material fabrication in controlled settings, helping to reduce waste, landfill impacts, and other environmental effects at project sites and in host communities. 

Facilities operation and management

Bechtel operates and maintains several major national facilities and government laboratories. This includes a range of management solutions for our government customers, including processes for energy efficiency, water conservation, sustainable procurement, and renewable energy use.

Renewable energy

To meet the growing demand for clean, reliable, and affordable energy, Bechtel designs and constructs some of the world’s largest photovoltaic and solar power plants. In addition, we finance solutions that catalyze the development of new renewable energy projects by helping to mobilize additional public and private resources for energy-related projects. 

Risk management

Issues can arise during a project that trigger immediate and long-term impacts on customers and communities, as well as affect the quality of project delivery. Bechtel implements three interrelated processes to promote the positive effects of a project during construction and operations:using risk assessment and management disciplines to identify issues, conducting stakeholder engagement, and making strategic social investments in the community.

Site management

In many parts of the world, Bechtel projects can attract significant numbers of workers, especially in areas where a project is a rare opportunity for employment. Our early planning and systematic approach to establishing the labor force helps to avoid the effects of unmanaged workforce influx, which can trigger conflict and other socioeconomic tensions locally or regionally. Bechtel’s workforce and camp management program is based on consultation with our customer, government authorities, our workforce, and our communities. This process enables us to select the optimal site location and identify community issues, demographics, and cultures to avoid potential conflicts while maximizing the camp’s positive effects on host communities.

Performance standards alignment

Concurrent with increasing regulatory requirements, there is a growing constellation of sustainability institutions shaping our customers' markets globally. Because our policies, processes, and practices are consistent with key international standards, we help our customers meet and exceed any specific performance requirements, including those of the International Finance Corporation, the Equator Principles, United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the Carbon Disclosure Project. In addition, in every country and on every project, we supplement existing environmental, safety, and health regulations with additional best practices and Bechtel requirements, which commonly enhance local knowledge and help improve local standards.

Learn more about our commitment to sustainability.