Jacobs and CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, are collaborating on a new innovation program to identify and fast-track solutions that address critical environmental challenges.
Tapping into Jacobs’ deep design, engineering and process domain expertise and CSIRO’s long history of science innovation and commercialization, Jacobs and CSIRO will jointly identify and develop commercially deployable solutions to critical business challenges posed by climate change and the need to operate more sustainably.
Jacobs Chief Executive Officer Bob Pragada said as our world and the challenges we face become more complex, we have a responsibility to be bold and raise the bar in everything we do.
“This collaboration embodies our values, and we look forward to coming together with CSIRO to innovate solutions that will have a positive impact," Mr Pragada said.
The Innovation Program will work to identify and validate emerging opportunities in the healthcare, environmental and manufacturing sectors, encouraging interaction across different disciplines.
The program is launching with three challenge areas: decarbonizing health care, effective management of environmental contaminants and plastics. The focus is on identifying new industrial processes that remove, replace and reduce our dependencies to help manage the impact on ecosystems.
As an Australian-led initiative, the program expects to initially focus on developing and deploying solutions that positively impact Australian businesses and sectors before taking the solutions to the rest of the world.
CSIRO Chief Executive Larry Marshall said the program will tap into the rich and diverse innovation eco-system.
“This collaboration with Jacobs aligns to our commitment to solve the greatest challenges – it’s undeniable repairing and protecting our environment is one of our greatest challenges. The program will be where science and engineering meet, bringing together a diversity of perspectives and expertise to find workable solutions," Dr Marshall said.
The statement was originally published by Jacobs.