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WA Conference Platinum Partners: Jacobs

WA Conference Platinum Partners: Jacobs

Jacobs leads the global professional services sector providing solutions for a more connected, sustainable world. With a talent force of more than 50,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of services including scientific, technical, professional and construction- and program-management for business, industrial, commercial, government and infrastructure sectors. Our team is right there on the front line of change; helping clients tackle the big issues and challenges and making an enduring, positive difference in the world, one project delivery at a time. Jacobs are an active member and long-time supporter of ISCA and are our platinum partner for the 2019 Western Australia Conference.

We caught up with the team at Jacobs to speak about their current projects, proud achievements, and the WA Conference:

Which projects are Jacobs currently working on, in WA and further afield?

Our teams are working with clients across a broad range of projects here in Western Australia. In terms of sustainability projects, we’re currently supporting Main Roads WA and the Public Transport Authority to incorporate sustainability principals on a range of infrastructure projects. Interstate, Jacobs has played a key role in realising sustainability outcomes on Gold Coast Light Rail, Sydney Westconnex New M5, Sydney Metro Northwest projects and for Queensland Urban Utilities.

What sustainability successes/ innovations are you most proud of?

Some of our recent sustainability success include:

·           Successfully achieving ISCA ratings in each of the Design, As-built and Operational categories. In each of these categories, we have also achieved or are on track to achieve the highest possible rating level, representing a positive net sustainability contribution. Our recent ISCA accredited projects include the Great Northern Highway upgrade project, where sustainable project outcomes are being driven through an ‘integrated’ delivery model, research during project planning stages, a commitment to local procurement strategies and the application of the IS rating framework.

·           Being part of the North East Program Alliance team responsible for delivering two level crossing removals and the new Rosanna Train Station project which achieve an Excellent Design IS rating last year. Rosanna Station has also received a commendation in the Public Architecture and Urban Design categories at the recent 2019 Victorian Architecture Awards.

·           Working with New Zealand Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Government of Kiritati to deliver a feasibility study and conceptual plan — including coastal engineering, urban and landscape design and environmental and social impact assessment — to explore the option of increasing the height of a 300-hectare area of land to approximately two meters above the highest measured sea level.

Why did you partner with ISCA for the WA Conference?

Around the world, across all disciplines, our people strive to constantly demonstrate our commitment to sustainability and innovation through our words and actions. We embrace the challenge of designing and delivering solutions that provide enduring value, recognising that technology, science and innovation are central to finding sustainable solutions. In partnering with ISCA for the WA conference, we can support an organization whose vision and values are strongly aligned with our own, share learnings from some of our project deliveries with other likeminded organisations, learn from other organisations delivering similar projects, and ultimately contribute to conversations that matter about how we can tackle our sustainability challenges head on.

 What are you most looking forward to at the Conference?

The Conference is a great opportunity to learn through shared experience with industry peers and partners. We look forward to gaining insights from technology and thought leaders in the sustainability field, sharing information on some of the interesting things Jacobs is exploring and most importantly find some common opportunities to accelerate sustainability practices.

What is next for Jacobs?

Sustainability lies at the heart of everything we do at Jacobs. It is how we ensure long-term business resilience and success while at the same time positively contributing toward a more connected, sustainable world.

We strive to make a positive environmental, societal and economic difference for businesses, governments and communities around the world — from the way we operate our business, to the work we perform with clients and other organizations. Our Plan Beyond Strategy is closely aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development goals where we, as a business, can influence and advance progress, and sets out how we are going to achieve our goals. For example, in FY2018, we reduced carbon emissions by more than 37 million tons in Value+ Savings on client projects, equivalent to a full year’s energy use by 4 million homes.

Our current priorities include integrating sustainability planning into our innovation framework and developing and launching a new global sustainability and resilience project framework. In doing so, we can advance innovations that improve energy efficiency, resilience, conservation, reuse and reclamation of vital air, land and water resources and build strong partnerships with clients, suppliers and stakeholders that deliver sustainable solutions.

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