6.1)   By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all

In Latin America, there are new opportunities in the civil infrastructure and mining and metals industries. Currently, Bechtel's Mining & Metals; Infrastructure; and Oil, Gas & Chemicals business units are engaged in a project to deliver desalinated sea water to a mine site in the Atacama Desert of Chile at an elevation of 10,000 feet . By transporting desalinated water, the mine will reduce reliance on groundwater making it available for ecological uses and downstream users.


7.2)   By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix

Bechtel has provided engineering, procurement, and construction services for the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California’s Mojave Desert achieving commercial operation in December 2013. With Ivanpah, the amount of commercial solar thermal electricity produced in the United States nearly doubled. In the last 5 years Bechtel has delivered three solar thermal and photovoltaic projects, including Ivanpah, totaling 737 MW; enough to power 275,000 homes. Bechtel partners with world leaders in academia and industry to manage and operate two U.S. national security laboratories—Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos—where energy security is national security.

7.3)   By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency

Bechtel is building some of the world’s most efficient natural gas fired power plants. For our customer, Panda Power Funds, we have delivered two 758 MW plants with another two on the way, totaling over 3000 MW of efficiently produce power.

Bechtel's Crossrail project, where they are adding more underground and ground level track and new stations for the existing London Underground, has been piloting energy reductions at various sites. They have piloted the use of hybrid excavators, powering a noise monitor with hydrogen fuel cells for a calculated carbon savings of 101 tons, and relying on light-emitting diode (LED) lighting instead of traditional halogen lights to reduce energy consumption. All of these programs, once tested, help the construction industry improve energy efficiency.

7.a)   By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil fuel technologies, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technologies

Infrastructure helps make renewable energy more widely available. Bechtel is enabling 3,000 MW of offshore wind to be connected to the grid off the coast of New Jersey by engineering and installing onshore transmission lines and substations, two onshore converter stations, one offshore converter station, and overseeing the offshore installation of a first-of-a-kind high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter technology and HVDC cables that will span the length of New Jersey.


8.2)   Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labor intensive sectors

The construction of a copper concentrator in Las Bambas, Peru, is opening up a variety of new opportunities to the local population. Las Bambas sits in a remote, mountainous region of southern Peru where traditional livelihoods center on subsistence farming. Through their Las Bambas project, Bechtel and partners have injected more than $78 million on local goods and services in 16 Peruvian towns. We delivered thousands of training hours to indigenous entrepreneurs, helping them meaningfully participate in, and benefit from, the construction phase of the project—and beyond.


9.1)   Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all

Bechtel and its joint-venture partner, Enka, finished the Kosovo Motorway a year ahead of schedule—a remarkable feat for a project of this scale and complexity. The four-lane motorway includes 15 bridges and runs 48 miles from Morine at the southwest border with Albania to Trude, north of the capital, Pristina.  Collaboration with the Kosovo government and local communities was critical to completing this project early. The new motorway serves as a centerpiece of Kosovo’s national transportation system and is expected to significantly boost the country’s economy, improve the quality of life for Kosovars and expand trade opportunities for neighboring nations.

9.2)   Promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and, by 2030, raise significantly industry’s share of employment and GDP in line with national circumstances, and double its share in LDCs

Bechtel and the government of Gabon developed and are delivering a groundbreaking $25 billion National Infrastructure Master Plan (NIMP) that will enable the country to modernize the national workforce, expand access to social development, and advance connectivity within the country, across Africa, and with the rest of the world. The success of the infrastructure initiative rests in large measure on project management and accountability. Bechtel helped organize and currently manages l’Agence Nationale des Grands Travaux (ANGT), a government agency that oversees the execution and delivery of NIMP. ANGT coordinates work with various ministries and government agencies, monitors progress, incorporates new execution tools and processes, and engages local communities about NIMP’s progress. The agency translated NIMP’s vision into a detailed implementation plan sequenced over 15 years. It also helps local businesses participate in the tendering process and has created and introduced minimum requirements for contracting Gabonese businesses. In 2013, the government invested nearly $400 million in NIMP’s execution, with two-thirds of the work undertaken by Gabonese companies. Bechtel and the Center for Strategic and Economic Studies (CSIS) have launch a yearlong global sustainability series, supporting initiatives such as the Gabon Master Plan.

9.4)   By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities

Using innovation to reduce carbon and cut costs: Bechtel currently has a patent pending for the efficient removal of carbon emitted from gas-fired power plants. Our two technological innovations reduce the power lost in capturing carbon by almost 65 percent, while also lowering overall capital cost by more than 30 percent. Our innovation uses exhaust heat to produce steam and simplifies the entire system. 

Bechtel's Crossrail project, where they are adding more underground and ground level track and new stations for the existing London Underground, has been piloting energy reductions at various sites. They have piloted the use of hybrid excavators, powering a noise monitor with hydrogen fuel cells for a calculated carbon savings of 101 tons, and relying on light-emitting diode (LED) lighting instead of traditional halogen lights to reduce energy consumption. All of these programs, once tested, help the construction industry improve energy efficiency.


11.3)   By 2030 enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacities for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries

Transforming the kingdom (2015): Bechtel is helping Saudi Arabia advance its ambitious infrastructure initiative, which promotes local private sector development, new sustainable cities and communities, and protected habitats. Together with the Saudi government, we are developing four of six new economic cities—King Abdullah Economic City, Knowledge Economic City, Jazan Economic City, and Prince Adbulaziz Bin Mousaed Economic City. Core to the cities’ planning and design is economic, social, and environmental sustainability. Bechtel is using imaging technologies to generate conceptual visualizations of the projects prior to development and capturing critical information to plan, design, and construct for sustainability. These include using recycled water for irrigation, adopting solar power for heating and cooling, and applying urban sensors to optimize energy efficiency.


12.4)   By 2020, achieve environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment

Setting new standards at Crossrail in the UK:  With more than 250 machines spread across nearly 40 construction sites, Bechtel and Crossrail achieved an 85 percent reduction in particulate emissions on Europe’s largest construction project. Moreover, Crossrail was recognized as the first infrastructure project in the United Kingdom to adopt strict emissions controls across all of its work sites. It has also introduced newer, cleaner machines across London and encouraged suppliers to upgrade their equipment. The success of this program on Crossrail has helped to support the Greater London Authority’s intent for a wide scale introduction of these controls.

12.5)   By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling, and reuse

Greening project facilities (2016): The Al Taweelah Alumina refinery is a greenfield project in the United Arab Emirates that will supply 2 million tons of alumina for smelting. With Bechtel's partner, Emirates Global Aluminium, we used Estidama (sustainability in Arabic) principles and practices at the refinery’s operation management building to set a high bar of sustainability compliance. We saved water by using water-conserving fixtures and fittings, recycled sewage water for irrigation, and native plants that require less water to maintain for landscaping. To reduce energy consumption, we added external shading and installed energy-efficient equipment and lighting systems. These measures and others contributed to:

  • 100 percent recycled water for irrigation

  • 54 percent reduction in internal potable water consumption

  • 13 percent reduction in energy use

  • 55 percent of procured steel using recycled content

  • 70 percent of nonhazardous construction waste recycled

At Bechtel's Crossrail project in London, nearly 100 percent of the excavated material from tunnel boring was reused or recycled, either at Wallasea Island, where it is being used to recreate some of the wetlands and salt marshes near Essex, or at other sites that are being restored to create agricultural land, nature reserves, and recreational facilities. There are many opportunities through construction and engineering to reduce waste. Also, in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, where Bechtel has been building an industrial city, Bechtel has introduced construction waste recycling schemes across 50 contract sites to prevent waste from going to the landfill.

12.6)   Encourage companies, especially large and trans-national companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle

Achieving sustainability excellence: In 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy recognized three Bechtel-affiliated sites with five sustainability awards for driving improvements to reduce waste, water use, energy, and pollution. The three sites were: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Y-12 National Security Complex.