Wildfires. Soaring temperatures contrasted with record freezing conditions. Water scarcity and droughts. Increasingly severe storm weather events and flooding. Rising sea levels, coastal erosion and land subsidence. Our world is changing, and the rules and paradigms governing risk to our infrastructure have shifted significantly. How we plan to decarbonize and achieve carbon neutrality, while protecting people, properties and natural habitats and ecosystems from the consequences of climate change, has taken on new urgency and deeper significance.
Our environmental teams – together with specialist consulting, engineering and construction teams – are at the frontline of climate change with our clients: predicting, preparing and recovering from the consequences of extreme events. Our works sees us engage with many of the world’s most progressive cities and global businesses forecasting and evaluating climate risks and establishing net zero carbon programs. Through partnering closely with you and your stakeholders, we design affordable, practical and resilient climate action plans, and stay with you beyond the planning cycle, as a true partner across the infrastructure lifecycle from planning through to hardening your infrastructure systems.
Talk with us to create a productive and effective climate action plan that will lay the framework for cost savings, growth and job creation, and improvements in air quality and public health, and yield other societal and environmental benefits.
Integrated, Scalable and Flexible Climate Solutions
Our tailored, data driven approach, allows us to understand individual characteristics of each business or city for dealing with climate change. Data baselines and scenario profiling are foundational for net zero carbon, climate or sustainability action plans that scale not just single facilities but often entire power generation fleets, water treatment and distribution systems, or a company's nationwide or global property portfolio.
Our solutions are scalable, flexible and measurable, adapting to your specific goals and targets. This is all while your facilities or city operates in a concurrent maintainable manner avoiding costly shutdowns, lags in production schedules, or major public inconvenience. And because we integrate our environmental teams with engineering and construction projects, we benefit from practical and enhanced awareness, comprehension and coordination of environmental and climate solutions throughout project design, licensing and execution whether upgrading or building new infrastructure.
The outcome: more efficient projects, lower cost and resilient infrastructure that protects people, property and natural habitats.
Climate Action Planning Solutions
From climate resiliency, adaptation, or planning, our solution set is made to be comprehensive or incremental. From economic and vulnerability assessments through to capital prioritization roadmaps and measurement, our teams develop customizable environmental planning and consulting solutions to fit your specific needs. We draw on deep, real-world experience to positively address climate across broad categories including:
- Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Inventory Management
- Sustainability and Renewables
Project: San Joaquin Regional Transit District (SJRTD)
Resilient Power and Transport Planning
Black & Veatch assisted SJRTD with studying the effect of its growing zero-emission fleet on its electric energy usage as well as gauging customer perception of its zero-emissions goals. The result of the assessment was a solar photovoltaic and Battery Energy Storage System (PV + BESS) installation roadmap, which provides means to offset some of the energy needs and achieve on-site power resiliency during grid outages. BV also analyzed other avenues for SJRTD to curb its carbon emissions, and provide community resiliency, including hydrogen as a source of fuel for the buses and for long-term energy storage. Community engagement and feedback was obtained as part of the roadmap development.
Project: City of Winter Haven, Florida
Adaptive Master Planning
Black & Veatch is working with the City of Winter Haven – ‘The Chain of Lakes City’ – on its integrated and holistic One Water Master Plan. Recognizing the importance of water to social and economic fabric of the city, the plan establishes actionable strategies, including land use policies, develops project concepts with funding plans, and establishes the basis for resilient and sustainable water resource management over a 50-year planning horizon.
Project: City of Oceanside, California
Baseline GHG Assessments
By establishing baseline greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions profiles for its water facilities, the City is well position to compare and understand how future facility modifications will alter its overall GHG emissions. Black & Veatch conducted a baseline analysis for existing emissions sources at the San Luis Rey Water Reclamation Facility. Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions were calculated across sources included internal combustion engines, waste gas flares, plant owned vehicles, boilers, wastewater treatment process, electricity consumption by the facility, and natural gas combustion needed for facility buildings.
Project: Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (MRCTI)
Natural Infrastructure Adaptation Solutions
Black & Veatch is part of consortium of industry leaders led by Two Degrees Adapt to complete an innovative research project aimed at finding and evaluating nature-based solutions for the Mississippi River Corridor. The study will support the MRCTI, a coalition of 100 mayors from communities along the Mississippi River that are working together to increase resilience, sustainability, and prosperity. MRCTI is working to protect and restore the Mississippi River as a natural system that supports culture, economies, and the river’s unique ecosystem and wildlife. The project team will study modeling, existing grey infrastructure and the economic impacts of flooding for selected locations and events. They will also identify locations for wetland restoration and estimate the flood mitigation potential, establish return on investment and develop multi-stakeholder business models.
Project: City of Mission, Kansas
Creating and Conducting GHG Inventories
Black & Veatch consulted with the City to develop a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory systems in support of the City's pledge to reduce emissions. The team helped the City categorize GHG emissions based on municipal operations (Government) alongside activities occurring within the city limits (Community), mapping the inventory to the boundaries and sectors specified in the Clean Air and Climate Protection (CACP) software program being used. Data was collected -- and later reviewed and refined -- across various fuel and energy consumptions, as well as residential, commercial, industrial, transportation and waste generation activities resulting in or associated with direct or indirect GHG emissions.