Committed to delivering sustainable solutions for long-term prosperity
Bechtel has engineered, managed, and built some of the most complex projects of the modern era in some of the most diverse and challenging environments around the world. Fundamental to everything we do is an unrelenting focus on delivering the highest levels of quality, safety, sustainability, performance, and value to our customers and other stakeholders.
Our success around the globe is inextricably linked to society’s progress. Increasingly, our customers and projects face some of the toughest sustainability challenges—such as rising urbanization, water security, access to reliable energy, extreme weather, and global workforce development. We regard sustainability as our responsibility to enhance the positive effects of our projects where possible and avoid or mitigate the potentially negative ones. We believe that we are not just delivering a physical asset to our customers and communities but also creating an enabling environment that will benefit them in the long term.
We are fortunate that the scale and mix of our projects enable us to make significant positive impacts in the communities where we work.
Areas of focus
Sustainability across the project life cycle
We consider our three focus areas across the project life cycle—from the time we evaluate an opportunity to the point we turn over a project to our customer.
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.
Generating sustainable alternatives
We leverage our experience and expertise in engineering and design to generate sustainable alternatives in the construction of our projects—including reducing material requirements, waste to landfill, and water and energy use—and to help our customers achieve “green” building certifications, such as Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED). To help our customers and communities manage the effects of extreme weather and other atmospheric changes, we also improve the resilience of the physical structures we create for societies that will depend on them for years to come.