Bechtel has joined the Atlantic Council’s Extreme Heat Resilience Alliance as the sole engineering and construction partner.
The group aims to help fight the impacts of rising temperatures and support urban preparedness against heat waves around the world. Bechtel will use its experience designing resilience standards and developing guidelines for climate-proof construction to make existing infrastructure more able to protect communities from extreme heat.
Bechtel’s contributions will also include cost-benefit analysis of resiliency innovations and collaborating with regional institutions to make infrastructure more robust and efficient. The alliance is composed of 30 global cities impacted by extreme heat, and disaster relief charities and experts in the fields of public health, climate change risk, and disaster management.
Other major contractors have recently launched environmental-focused initiatives. Balfour Beatty said it has developed technology to manage power usage on its jobsites and reduce carbon emissions across its construction sites by up to 80%. Lendlease Europe released it’s “Roadmap to Absolute Zero Carbon,” a 20-year plan to reduce emissions on construction projects.