US engineering and consulting firm KBR achieves carbon neutrality

The company is now developing a strategic climate action plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030

US engineering and consulting company KBR has upped its green credentials as it announced it has achieved carbon neutrality.

The firm, which delivers science, technology and engineering solutions to governments and businesses globally, said it achieved the carbon neutral status in 2019 in its operations and business travel worldwide as verified by ClimatePartner, a third-party solution provider for corporate climate action.

KBR, which has published its 2019 Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility Report, added it reached its ambitious goal two years ahead of schedule by strengthening its internal sustainability efforts and examining its carbon footprint.

It then offset the remaining 2019 carbon emissions to become carbon neutral by purchasing carbon credits from wind farms in India and from projects run by the Plastic Bank across the world.

It also broadened its ‘Zero Harm’ safety culture to include in its sustainability objectives, which included the introduction of 10 key areas within the company where efforts will be focused to accelerate positive social and environmental impact.

An audit of its business for projects, initiatives and technologies found more than 60 areas where the company is already increasing energy efficiency, extending asset life, developing technologies to capture and sequester carbon, improving water efficiencies through innovative infrastructure, harnessing wind power, developing electric vehicle (EV) charging platforms, among others.

KBR is now developing a strategic climate action plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 and is committed to carbon neutrality for its operations and business travel until it achieves the net zero goal.

Stuart Bradie, KBR President and CEO said: “We are proud to be making such measurable progress this early in our sustainability journey.

“At the same time, we recognise there is much more work to be done. To ensure ESG remains a top priority for our leadership team and our organisation, we are linking achievement of ESG objectives to our executive compensation beginning in 2021. We are confident this will further support our efforts to make a positive difference in the world.”

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