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Green Quadrant Climate Change Business Consulting 2008 (UK)

Date: 08 July 2008

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The corporate market is gradually moving into a period where action on climate change is a necessity. As a result, demand for climate change business consulting services is growing. Today’s buying trends focus on understanding the scope of the problem. To assist climate change leaders in their selection of an external adviser this Green Quadrant compares 15 consulting firms against 74 criteria grouped into three dimensions: service completeness, market momentum and global presence.

The report includes an analysis of market demand, detailed comparison of consulting firms and profiles to guide selection decisions. The climate change and sustainability consulting market has attracted firms like PwC, KPMG, Deloitte and Ernst & Young as well as management consulting firms such as McKinsey, Booz & Company and to a lesser extent Bain and BCG. Other climate change consulting hopefuls include BT Group’s global services, IBM’s Global Business Services and smaller players like EcoSecurities and dcarbon8. The report provides insights into these climate change consulting firms and the demand for their services like advice on regulated carbon markets, cleantech corporate finance and GHG footprints.

How You Benefit

This report helps climate change leaders in CSR, sustainability, strategy, energy management and facilities roles to save time and money in the selection of a consulting firm to assist with climate change business challenges. Based on 74 evaluation criteria this Green Quadrant analysis compares 15 of the leading business consulting firms. The report provides detailed information on the services they offer for carbon footprint analysis, product lifecycle analysis for carbon intensity, carbon reduction strategies, emissions trading and offsetting, cleantech and CDM opportunity analysis, risk and compliance, and corporate strategy for climate change. The report covers climate change consulting offerings from Bain & Company, BCG, Booz & Company, BT Global Services, dcarbon8, Deloitte, EcoSecurities, ERM, Ernst & Young, IBM Global Business Services, ICF International, KPMG, L.E.K. Consulting, McKinsey & Company, PwC and URS Corporation.   



Market Definition
State Of The Market: Climate Change Business Consulting
Market Demand: Patchy But Growing
Buying Trends Reflect Climate Change Programme Ownership


Evaluated Firms
Evaluation Criteria
How To Use The Green Quadrant For Shortlisting & RFQs
Supplier Analysis For Climate Change Business Consulting


Bain & Company
Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
Booz & Company
BT Global Services
Ernst & Young
IBM Global Business Services
ICF International
L.E.K. Consulting
McKinsey & Company
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
URS Corporation


Figure 1. Past engagements focus on understanding the problem
Figure 2. Future spending will be on carbon management and compliance
Figure 3. Buyers target consultants with environmental expertise
Figure 4. Low familiarity with consulting offerings reflects market immaturity
Figure 5. Green Quadrant for climate change business consultants
Figure 6. Evaluation criteria for climate change business consultants
Figure 7. Service completeness evaluation of climate change business consultants
Figure 8. Market momentum evaluation criteria of climate change business consultants
Figure 9. Global presence of climate change business consultants
Figure 10. Climate change practice groups are at different stages of maturity