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Climate & carbon

The White House voices support for voluntary carbon markets

Multiple stakeholders are working to improve how carbon is traded voluntarily. If the right 'guardrails' are in place, consultants will likely see an enormous demand for their services.

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Business

M&A message to think global, act local

The industry’s latest deals find PE-backed firms based in the UK – including APEM, ERM and SLR – dominating the international charge, with RSK securing a further round of strategic investment to boost its global growth and market position.

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Business

Renewables and ESG regulation drive Brazilian consultancy market

Environment Analyst explores the dynamics and opportunities for environmental and ESG consultants in Brazil, a country rebranding as a global sustainability superpower.

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Digital

AI makes its mark on carbon intensity

How artificial intelligence is helping the planet and its hard-to-abate industries move to a lower-carbon future, along with a pretty significant caveat. 

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Sustainability/ESG

Impact update: evolving strategies for climate mitigation and ESG reporting

In the second instalment of this special series, Environment Analyst examines how consultancies are responding internally to the complex challenges of climate change mitigation and measuring their wider sustainability impacts.

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Business

English-speaking world dominates latest E&S consulting M&As

Notable acquirers in the environmental and sustainability advisory space in recent weeks include Anthesis, NV5, WSP and ERM, demonstrating interests in climate data management and reporting, social justice and GIS.

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Sustainability/ESG

Impact update: consultancies advance their climate leadership journeys

Environment Analyst delves into the latest crop of annual ESG and sustainability reports from professional service firms to assess progress in climate action and disclosure, as the march towards science-based net zero continues.

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Sustainability/ESG

COP29 will determine key components for Loss and Damage fund

Environmental consultants could play a pivotal role in funded projects, but developed country financing pledges have fallen through before.

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Business

PE’s pivotal role in the environmental & sustainability consulting boom

An examination of why E&S consultancy is attracting growing interest from private equity investors and how financial partnership models can be transformative.

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ERM enhances digital services through partnership with Google

Now a service partner of Google Cloud, ERM says the collaboration will boost the consultancy’s sustainability offering with additional data-driven capability.

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Six in ten AEC firms lacking on ESG approach 

EFCG extolls competitive, financial and cultural benefits of aligning wider corporate strategy to ESG and sustainability goals for architectural, engineering & consulting firms.

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Rebranded ERM forges digital partnerships for climate and ESG

Greenomy and Watershed, both recently partnered with the newly-rebranded UK-headquartered global consultancy, provide ESG reporting and net zero accounting technology respectively.

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Business Leaders' Forum: Bringing ESG up to speed

Environmental & sustainability consultancy executives discussed the challenges of integrating ESG and developing the requisite skills within their own and their clients' organizations in the context of increasingly polarized views of ESG stateside.

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ERM signs up to net zero standard & reports ESG impacts

UK-based consultant’s sustainability report shows increasing global impact on climate, nature and social challenges. 

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Partnership extends ERM’s satellite imagery facility

Agreement will enhance firm’s capabilities in climate risk analysis, greenhouse gas monitoring, impact assessment for capital projects and other purposes.

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ERM joins businesses warning of social unrest

Senior business leaders have warned that widening inequalities, worsened by COVID, the Ukraine war and inflation, now threaten civil unrest.

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Offshore wind soars but concerns mount on insurance losses

The global energy crisis has led to a demand for larger offshore wind turbines. But rising insurance costs from mechanical breakdowns may jeopardise the sector, warns underwriter.

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Tech/consultancy partnerships boost ESG data and reporting services

Environmental & sustainability consultancies Anthesis, EcoAct and ERM have announced partnerships with tech firms to improve their ESG offer, while IBM says it is collaborating with the NYSE to enhance corporate ESG reporting.

AI

AI brings hope and hype to environmental & sustainability sector

Generative AI has transformational potential for the industry, but firms will need to get serious on investment, business strategy and risk mitigation in order to reap the benefits.

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Sphera works with ERM to digitise Argentinian O&G data

Move follows ERM’s acquisition of Latin American finance and ESG consultancy NINT, in March 2023.

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CDP is top of the ESG raters, finds ERM

Research reveals that companies have low levels of trust in the accuracy of ESG ratings — but will spend up to $0.5bn per year on ratings-related costs.

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ERM celebrates 'exceptional year' and expands in LatAm

Global consultancy reports 29% growth in trading profit and affirms commitment to international expansion with latest acquisition, a Brazilian ESG advisory firm.

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ERM adopts sustainability tool from Salesforce

Global consulting firm’s expertise on decarbonisation, target setting and reporting to be backed by Salesforce’s Net Zero Cloud software.

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ERM expands its US base

Global sustainability consultant's acquisition of 50-strong Coho brings market insight, strategy development and change management expertise.

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Sustainability trends report and GRI standard for metals & mining

GRI drafts a reporting standard for the mining industry, while ERM’s Sustainability Institute considers the ESG requirements and challenges facing the sector.

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BMT joins EA’s Sustainability Delivery Group

International design, engineering, science and risk management consultancy BMT becomes the twelfth member of Environment Analyst’s Sustainability Delivery Group, as our new ESG-focused working group also debuts.

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ERM commits to biodiversity at COP15

Consultancy declares company-wide commitment to protecting biodiversity and publishes TNFD reporting guidance.

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M&A round-up (inc. ERM, RSK, S&P, WSP)

Flurry of industry M&A to end the year

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ERM forms Asia-Pacific carbon management partnership

Sustainability firm teams up with Asia Pacific partners to promote smart carbon measurement and management technology in the region.

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ERM publishes frameworks for corporate climate reporting

Publications aimed at senior execs bring new approaches to climate scenario analysis and decarbonisation planning respectively.