Press Release

January 28, 2015

Recognized for recent merger, air quality work in the Middle East, and our climate risk management and adaptation strategies.


(Los Angeles, Calif. January 29, 2015) “In what is widely regarded as a stable market, a number of companies exceeded the norms of low single-digit growth with double-digit growth or ambitious ventures into new practice areas or technology development,” said Grant Ferrier, president of Environmental Business International Inc. (EBI, San Diego), publisher of Environmental Business Journal.

AECOM is pleased to announce that it has been awarded three 2014 Environmental Business Journal and Climate Change Business Journal Awards.  The EBJ Awards were for its merger and acquisition of URS and air quality improvement program for Kuwait Oil Company.  The CCBJ award was for work as a strategic partner for the 100 Resilient Cities program.  The awards will be presented to Al Hannum, Senior Vice President Global Key Accounts at the Environmental Business Journal Summit in San Diego March 11-13.  AECOM won five EBJ and CCBJ awards in 2013.

Environmental Business Journal Awards

Business Achievement – Mergers & Acquisitions: AECOM for its $6 billion acquisition in 2014 of URS Corp, thereby combining the number one firm on Engineering News-Record’s list of the top 500 design firms-AECOM-with the number three firm, and thus forming an engineering and construction giant with annual revenue of more than $19 billion. The combined firm employs approximately 100,000 professionals in 150 countries and includes an environmental staff of about 10,000 people. According to AECOM, the complementary acquisition brings additional services and environmental professionals in critical regions beyond the Americas, such as Europe, where AECOM has tripled its presence in the world’s second largest environmental market. The new resources also provide a direct complement in remediation design and construction, assessment, planning and permitting, environmental compliance, and the emerging area of climate adaptation, and they add new industrial construction capacity, creating a full asset life-cycle environmental consultancy.

Project Merit – Air Quality: AECOM for its support of Kuwait Oil Company’s (KOC) implementation of an award-winning air quality improvement program that is setting the standard for collaboration between oil companies and government agencies throughout the Gulf Region. The objective of the Air Compliance Management Program is to improve Kuwait’s overall environment and public health. The first-ever joint venture of its type between industry and regulators, the five-year program was launched in 2011, when Kuwait was identified as one of most polluted countries in the world. KOC, aware of its responsibility to enhance and sustain the environment, commissioned AECOM to develop a legislative and policy framework for the program. AECOM subsequently developed a system providing real-time measurement of pollution across the country, pioneering a national air quality inventory with research-grade dispersion modeling techniques to determine human health risk. AECOM is now developing an emissions abatement and reduction program and is establishing an on-line permitting system for pollution control while conducting extensive personnel training. AECOM is also undertaking an innovative source apportionment study, utilizing satellitebased techniques to define pollutant source contributions. This program recently won the first-place award at the 26th Session of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment, presented by the United Nations assistant secretary general.

Climate Change Business Journal Award

Consulting & Engineering – Climate Risk:  Management and Adaptation: AECOM for its work as a strategic partner for the 100 Resilient Cities program. Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, the program funds the salary of a chief resilience officer (CRO) in 100 cities for two years. AECOM is working with the le…