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Green Quadrant Sustainable Engineering Firms 2010 (US)

Date: 10 September 2010

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25 Pages, 15 Figures

Executive Summary

US firms and cities face sustainability issues from ageing infrastructure, unsustainable energy supply, water stress as well as physical damage to infrastructure. Sustainable engineering tackles these problems as well as providing the added benefit of operational cost savings, which is critical for firms and cities with tight budgets. Firms and cities often find it difficult to differentiate between providers of sustainable engineering solutions. This Green Quadrant® report provides a detailed and fact-based comparison of the 19 largest engineering firms in the US that offer sustainable design, planning, engineering and construction services. The analysis finds that six engineering firms – AECOM, AMEC, CH2M HILL, SAIC, Stantec and URS - lead the market for sustainable engineering, because of their strong track record across a spectrum of projects, their willingness to innovate and their mature organizational approach to sustainability. The report provides buyers with a set of questions that should be asked when commissioning a sustainable engineering project in areas like smart grid, renewable energy and green buildings.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

STATE OF THE MARKET FOR SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING
US Engineering Market Nears Sustainability Chasm

BUYERS WANT INNOVATIVE ANSWERS TO TOUGH QUESTIONS
Firms And Cities Confront Infrastructure And Facilities Challenges
Demand For Sustainable Engineering Projects Will Increase
Customers Expect Sustainability To Translate Into Financial Benefits
Buyers Value Track Record And Innovation When Shortlisting Suppliers

GREEN QUADRANT® SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING FIRMS US
The Green Quadrant® Methodology
Evaluated Firms: Selection Criteria
Evaluation Criteria For Sustainable Engineering
Six Suppliers Lead The US Sustainable Engineering Market
Five Suppliers Challenge The Leaders On Sustainability Capabilities
Eight Entrepreneurs Need To Improve Their Sustainability Profile

BUYERS MUST PUSH FOR PROVEN SUSTAINABILITY VALUE
Add Seven Questions To RFPs To Reduce Purchase Risk
Questions To Test Organizational Maturity On Internal Sustainability
How To Assess An Engineering Firm’s Sustainability Performance

TABLE OF FIGURES

Figure 1. Engineering Firms Increase Their Commitment To Sustainability
Figure 2. Energy and Carbon Top The List Of Customers’ Sustainability Issues
Figure 3. Customer Demand Remained High Over The Past Two Years 
Figure 4. More Customers Will Commission EV And Smart Grid Infrastructure Projects
Figure 5. Customers Give Energy Efficiency And Project Functionality Equal Weighting
Figure 6. Project Design And Full Cost-Benefit Analysis Are Important
Figure 7. Project Delivery And Internal Performance Are Important Attributes
Figure 8. Buyers Prefer A Strong Track Record To A Brand
Figure 9. Buyers Are Unaware Of Many Suppliers Despite Their Size
Figure 10. Very Few Engineering Brands Have A Sustainability Association
Figure 11. Capabilities Criteria For Sustainable Engineering Firms
Figure 12. Momentum Criteria For Sustainable Engineering Firms
Figure 13. Green Quadrant® Sustainable Engineering (US)
Figure 14. Capability Scores For 19 Sustainable Engineering Firms
Figure 15. Momentum Scores For 19 US Sustainable Engineering Firms

COMPANIES MENTIONED

AECOM, Aker Solutions, Alcoa, AMEC, Arcadis, Arup, Bechtel, Black & Veatch, Boral Bricks, Carbon Disclosure Project, CH2M HILL, Chevron, Christensen Corporation, Dow Chemicals, Duke Energy, EnerNOC, Enspiria, Fluor Corporation, Fresh & Easy, GHD, Golder Associates, Google, Grontmij, HDR, Heery, Hewlett Packard, Jacobs Engineering, Johnson Controls, Kansas City, Kiewit, Mouchel, MWH, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Parsons Corporation, PG&E, Portland General Electric, Pöyry, Renault, SAIC, Shaw Group, Sinclair Knight Merz, Skanska, SNC Lavalin, Solaris, Stantec, Tetra Tech, URS Corporation, US Green Buildings Council, Vinci, Worley Parsons, WSP Group, WWF, Xcel Energy