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Longstanding Dedication to Environmental Stewardship

Sound environmental practices are at the heart of Fluor's commitment to sustainability and social responsibility. We conduct business to meet the needs of our clients and other stakeholders today, while protecting and enhancing the natural resources that will be needed tomorrow.

Carbon Footprint

We established our global carbon footprint in 2006. Our scope includes emissions produced within offices, vehicle fleets at those offices and travel. It excludes emissions produced at client sites and Scope 3 emissions from fabrication yards. The number of projects we design, construct and maintain each year influences our total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

At Fluor, we follow the GHG Protocol for inventory over which we maintain operational control. The basic unit of measure used throughout the GHG inventory is metric tons of equivalent carbon dioxide (tCO2e).

Emission sources in our GHG inventory include electricity and steam; stationary fuel consumption for our facilities; refrigerants used in building cooling systems; fleet vehicle fuel consumptions; and emissions associated with business-related air travel. For each source, GHG emissions are quantified in the inventory for the following, if applicable: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and any hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants reported.

Our Net Zero 2023 focus for our carbon footprint reduction efforts includes both Scope 1 (direct) and Scope 2 (indirect) GHG emissions. This focus excludes Scope 3, which consists of other indirect GHG emissions, such as travel and fabrication yards.

We have reported our air travel emissions since 2006.

Graph of Fluor’s total emissions in 2020, 2021 and 2022 showing a decrease in Scope 1 and 2 emissions and an increase in Scope 3.

Fluor's Total Scope 2 Market-Based GHG Emissions chart

In 2022, our GHG emissions for Scope 1 and Scope 2 totaled approximately 38,400 tCO2e. These carbon footprint measurements provide the quantitative basis for Fluor’s Net Zero 2023 commitment.

Our absolute GHG emissions reflect the complexity of opening, closing, expanding, consolidating and maintaining space in our facilities around the globe.

We divested some of our operations, and office teams implemented energy-reduction initiatives, including the purchase of low- and zero-carbon energy; therefore, between 2021 and 2022, we experienced a reduction in Scope 2 (indirect from steam and location-based electricity) and Scope 1 (direct) emissions.

There was an increase in emissions associated with business-related air travel as we continued to lift the company’s travel restrictions introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conservation of Resources

Our offices reduce waste by donating used furniture, office equipment and supplies, carpet and computers to schools, homes for elderly and non-profit organizations. During renovations, furniture and materials are reused whenever possible. Our waste reduction efforts also include duplex printing and using durable, reusable crates. We recycle paper, cardboard, batteries, mixed/commingled and assorted waste. From 2021 to 2022, we reduced our waste by 8%, and our recycle rate improved by 23%.

We also track the amount of water we purchase and the amount that we conserve through initiatives, such as deployment of low-flush valves, installation of automatic faucet sensors and commodes and low-flow shower heads.

Our energy reduction initiatives include installing solar panels, replacing lighting with light emitting diode (LED) lights, changing the operating time on air conditioning units and behavioral changes. These initiatives are particularly important as we progress on our Net Zero 2023 commitment. From 2021 to 2022, we experienced an increase in our indirect energy use (electricity) by approximately 2.1 million kilowatt-hours due to the addition of data centers to our reporting.

Sustainability in Action

Our Farnborough office in the United Kingdom is just one of many of our facilities that are incorporating sustainable practices across the entire site.

A waste-to-energy plant powers the campus, and LED lighting and rooftop solar panels have saved more than $43,000 (£40,000) since 2016. Single-use plastic is not available. All campus waste is recycled, including turning food waste into pesticide-free fertilizer for local farming, so nothing goes to the landfill. The office’s waste management vehicles are carbon neutral, and the rest of the fleet runs on electricity.

In 2021, the campus reduced its Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions to net zero, the first Fluor site to achieve the distinction.

In 2022, the office won a British Safety Council International Safety Award and a Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Gold Award for health and safety performance for the seventh consecutive year.

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Stewardship in Our Supply Chain

We are committed to sustainable procurement practices that help preserve natural resources and reduce our impact on the environment.

Environmental due diligence is an integral part of our supply chain practices, particularly when it comes to:

  • Logistics - We consolidate project cargo, which results in the optimization of voyages and the reduction of our carbon footprint.

  • Digitalized work processes - By embarking on digital transformation, we are uncovering new opportunities to optimize processes, lower costs, reduce waste and embrace new business models.

  • Supporting suppliers and subcontractors - We assess their sustainability journeys and advise them to execute in an environmentally responsible manner.

Management of Environmental Data

Our Sustainability Performance Indicator Management System (SPIMS), a web-based data entry software, is used to capture, trend and report Fluor’s environmental data.

Our offices enter data related to electricity, heat, steam, renewable energy, refrigerants, fuel used by fleet vehicles, waste and water. We track commercial air travel on projects and commercial and charter air travel that is not related to projects. We calculate our GHG emissions in accordance with the GHG Protocol.

Climate Action Plan

The Climate Action Plan is our framework for measuring, tracking and reducing GHG emissions. It outlines our GHG emissions strategy and inventories, boundary conditions, emission reduction efforts and data management processes.

The plan addresses GHG emission reduction actions that support our Net Zero 2023 goal and demonstrates how we support the net zero aspirations of third parties, such as environmental-related organizations and our clients

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Our teams provide the technical expertise needed to scale exciting, new technologies, which will enable the decarbonization of industries and prepare our clients for their own sustainable futures.

Al Collins

Group President, Corporate Development & Sustainability

Irving, U.S.