Smart Innovators: Net Zero Consulting Services Providers

Published 1 December 2022 by Connor Taylor, Maya Hilmi & Ryan Skinner,
ESG & Sustainability Net Zero & Climate Risk Smart Innovators

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Executive Summary

Corporate demand for net zero consulting services has grown in recent years, driven by regulatory and investor demand for firms to set and hit net zero GHG emissions targets by 2050. Consequently, leaders in the accounting and management consulting sectors – along with climate-focused consulting specialists – are investing rapidly to build out offerings and emerge as market leaders in this space. This report provides a benchmark of 27 net zero consulting services providers across four major service offering categories, including strategy, operations and project management. Executives should leverage this report to inform provider selection decisions and help guide overall net zero strategy.

Table of contents

Sustainability Leaders Must Now Deliver Against Their Net Zero Promises 
Corporates Face Clear Challenges On The Path To Net Zero 

Net Zero Consulting Services Emerge To Help Firms Reach Net Zero 
Net Zero Consulting Services Providers Come From Three Different Backgrounds 

Providers Deliver Four Core Areas Of Net Zero Consulting Services 
Net Zero And Climate Change Strategy Defines A Corporation’s Goals And Overall Approach
Carbon Emissions Data And Disclosures Create The Foundations For Emissions Management 
Net Zero Project And Programme Implementation Services Reconcile Business And Asset Decarbonization Strategies 
Asset-specific Decarbonization Takes Net Zero From The Planning To Operational Stage 

Net Zero Consulting Services Providers Innovate To Meet Market Needs 

Net Zero Consulting Services Buyers And Providers Will Need To Adapt Quickly And Together 
Service Providers Must Level Up Offerings To Stay Ahead Of The Game 
Three Factors Firms Should Consider When Selecting A Net Zero Consulting Services Partner 


Table of figures

Figure 1. Net Zero Consulting Services Providers Capabilities Assessment
Figure 2. Net Zero Consulting Services Providers Geographical Penetration Assessment
Figure 3. Net Zero Consulting Functionality Map
Figure 4. ESG And Sustainability Mergers And Acquisitions

About the authors

Connor Taylor

Industry Analyst
Connor is an Industry Analyst in the ESG & Sustainability practice. His current research agenda focuses on emerging software solutions across financial markets, and broader market trends in the ESG space. Connor joined Verdantix in 2021 and has experience in EHS technology sales and development. He holds a B.A from Cambridge University in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic.

Maya Hilmi


Maya is a Net Zero, Climate Risk Analyst. She is currently specialising in carbon management, ESG regulations, and identifying climate risk solutions. Prior to joining Verdantix, Maya interned at Cardano Advisory where she gained experience in covenant, sustainability, and pensions corporate finance matters. Maya holds a master's degree in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies with Distinction from King's College London, and an undergraduate degree in International Relations from SOAS, University of London.

Ryan Skinner

Research Director, Net Zero & Climate Risk
Ryan leads the Verdantix Net Zero & Climate Risk research practice. The team’s current research focus encompasses net zero drivers and strategies, and climate risk, emissions reduction, and carbon management technologies. Ryan has 10 years of experience in the research business, previously working at Forrester, where he led research on ESG. Ryan speaks English natively, Norwegian, and French conversationally. He holds a BA from Duke University. 

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