Global environmental consulting industry continues healthy growth

The UK-based business research organization Environmental Analyst has just published its 2013 assessment of the global environmental consultancy market. Among the key points:

  • the global environmental consultancy (EC) market saw a 3.6% increase in 2012, to reach US$27.4 billion.
  • the global EC market is forecast to reach $31.7 billion by 2017.
  • the top 20 firms  ranked in terms of gross global EC revenues are CH2M Hill, Tetra Tech Inc, URS Corporation, Golder Associates, AECOM, Environmental Resources Management (ERM), Arcadis, AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, MWH Global, Cardno, Grontmij NV, RPS Group, SKM Consulting, ENVIRON, WorleyParsons, WSP Environment and Energy/GENIVAR, Parsons Brinckerhoff, ICF International, Mott MacDonald, and ATKINS.
  • North America remains the market’s biggest regional market by far, accounting for a dominant 58% of the total market, considerably ahead of West Europe and Asia-Pacific both with around 15%. Africa & Middle East, Latin America and East Europe/Former Soviet Union all take 5% or less.
  • demand from Asia-Pacific was found to have softened considerably, with the regional market growth slowing to just 2% in 2012 compared to 7% in 2011. This in part reflects the constrained Australian mining sector and deceleration of China’s economy and therefore demand for commodities.
  • contaminated land services have overtaken water and waste management services as the largest single service area within the global environmental consulting market in 2012, representing some 29% in total, ahead of the 24% share held by water and waste management.
  • environmental impact assessment & sustainable development takes a further 17% whilst environmental management, compliance and due diligence services represent just over 15%. Climate change & energy related services generated a further 9.4% of the total.

A summary of the report (free) and a link to the full report (purchase or subscription required) is available at 

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