Engineering the next 100 years

Global megatrends—from the projected population surge to the scarcity of resources—are changing the way we design, construct, and operate critical structures and systems for our customers and the societies that ultimately benefit from them. The last century was largely defined by industrial development, because of these megatrends the next 100 years will be defined by sustainable development.

What we deliver 

At Bechtel we are not only delivering physical assets to our customers and societies, but also enabling environments that will benefit them for the long term. Whether for public safety or environmental protection, together with our stakeholders Bechtel helps to modernize procedures, systems and institutions to build local capacities and generate sustainable outcomes beyond the project. We deliver this by applying Bechtel’s innovation, proven processes, and global experience protecting natural resources, promoting local business opportunities, and partnering with communities.

No job is too big if you work hard and simply refuse to fail.
—Riley Bechtel, Chairman of the Board, Bechtel

Our solutions

  • Energy, waste, and water reduction
  • Environmental clean-up and remediation
  • Environmental, social, and health impact assessment
  • Low carbon design and construction
  • Natural habitat protection and eco-system services
  • Project demobilization planning and transition management
  • Recycled water systems and wastewater treatment
  • Renewable and nuclear power generation
  • Seismic and extreme weather engineering
  • Site security services
  • Stakeholder management
  • Sustainable procurement and supplier development
  • Technical skills transfer and training

We regard sustainability as our responsibility to enhance the positive effects of our projects and to avoid or mitigate the negative ones. We believe that we are not just delivering a physical asset to our customers and communities, but also an enabling environment that will benef™it them in the long term.

About our approach

Areas of focus

Protecting people and the environment. We use our proven processes, innovation, and expertise in engineering, procurement, and construction to develop, design, and execute projects with the greatest care for the natural environment as well as for the people who can be affected by our projects.

Promoting economic development. In addition to our substantial spending through local purchasing and hiring, we build and enhance the capacity of local workers and companies, stimulating long-term economic development beyond the projects we deliver.

Partnering with communities and society. Bechtel is committed to supporting the communities that host our projects and offices, and to using inclusive, participatory approaches by which we respect local cultures and values, promote dialogue, and build mutual trust.

Sustainability across the project life cycle

We consider our three areas of focus across the project life cycle—from the time we evaluate an opportunity to the point we turn over a project to our customer.

Our process

Based on our experience operating in 160 countries in highly diverse markets, we have developed a comprehensive set of core processes that helps identify, assess, and manage potential impacts associated with our projects.

Our environmental, safety, and health processes serve as the nexus for our global business units and relevant functions to determine potential environmental, safety, and community impacts material to Bechtel projects. Other processes, such as security and procurement, help us manage additional potential risks to our communities related to the provision of security and engagement of subcontractors.

These core processes are governed by our management system. That system is grounded in personal accountability and continuous improvement, particularly in advancing awareness of potential project opportunities and risks, developing enterprise capabilities, and promoting greater consistency in how we manage sustainability.



What is resilient infrastructure for SE Asia?

Using Big Data to design more resilient energy systems

Delivering a broad set of outcomes

Infrastructure for economic development in SE Asia

Dramatic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions 

Leaving a positive legacy

Preparing the US energy infrastructure for resiliency

Partnership for resilient smart development in SE Asia

Connecting with communities

Related Information

Designing resilient infrastructure

Global megatrends are changing the way we design, construct, and operate structures and systems. Learn more about Bechtel's research and initiatives to address global megatrends through sustainable engineering.

Infrastructure’s role in achieving the post-2015 United Nations SDGs

This paper is a contribution to the thematic development of infrastructure under consideration in the post-2015 United Nations sustainable development goals deliberations.

USCIB forum highlights business commitment to UN development agenda

Bechtel speaks at the USCIB Conference about the role of infrastructure in helping achieve the UN's post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).