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Ecology and climate & energy consultancy tipped for growth

Environment Analyst has released its UK Environmental Consulting Service Area Opportunities 2019 report – providing in-depth market data and qualitative analysis of the drivers and constraints across eleven core EC disciplines [see below for full list]. It shines a light on the sector’s hotspots – notably ecology and climate change & energy – as well as those which are less than dynamic such as contaminated land/remediation and waste management, evaluating the future opportunities in each area.

The 58-page report provides commentary and context to our industry data and forecasts, offering an essential reference to aid decision-making, business planning and target-setting in the EC sector.

The UK environmental consulting market has experienced strong growth in recent years as infrastructure and development opportunities have helped the sector shake off the shackles of recession and government austerity (EA 17-Jan-19). And despite international trade disputes, an economic slowdown and Brexit uncertainty, environmental consultants remain upbeat about prospects heading into 2020 (EA 08-Oct-19).

But growth is certainly not universal. Some work areas – such as the ecological/wildlife services – have experienced phenomenal demand of late as land-hungry infrastructure and development projects are driven to prevent irrevocable damage being done to the natural environment. Others – notably waste management – have languished to new lows as policy vacuums have eroded investor support. In this report we also explore:

  • Why air quality consultants can expect slow growth to continue despite widespread public demand for localised solutions;
  • What impact the Brexit-induced construction downturn is having on contaminated site assessment and remediation services;
  • Where the opportunities for impact assessment lie as many of the large national infrastructure schemes move to the construction phase;
  • Why future growth in the areas of ESG/sustainability strategy will depend on digital diversification; and
  • Why natural capital and biodiversity net gain will keep the ecological juggernaut rolling for many years to come.

Figure 1: Revenue growth trends in top 5 UK EC market service areas, 2012-2022

Graph - Service Area Report 2022 forecast

The report uses Environment Analyst’s original market data and forecast model, supplemented with industry interviews and analyst insights to provide our take on where each environmental consultancy service area is heading in the post-Brexit world.

Service Area Opportunities 2019 sets out historic market data, competitor rankings and future growth projections to 2022, for eleven key consulting service areas:

  • Air quality
  • Climate change & energy
  • Contaminated site assessment/remediation
  • Ecological/wildlife services
  • Impact Assessment
  • Environmental risk & due diligence
  • Environmental management & compliance
  • Environmental noise & vibration
  • Sustainability strategy & ESG
  • Waste management/circular economy
  • Water quality & resource management

Source – Environment Analyst

Verde Environmental Consultants provide expert advisory, monitoring and assessment services from our offices in Wicklow, Cork, Mayo and Galway in soilairwaterwasteenergynoise and ecology disciplines

Our multidisciplinary approach and in-house expertise allows us to provide a breadth of relevant environmental consultancy and contracting services to both the private and public sectors. Our focus is on the delivery of relevant and quality advice to our clients that addresses their issues quickly in clear and plain language.

To ensure our results make business sense, our approach is to first understand our clients needs and then to provide practical and innovative advice that ensures environmental quality and makes a valued contribution to their business performance.