CCBJ Vol V No 02: Professional Services in Climate Change Consulting

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The shifting sands of climate policy have made the business of providing specialty expertise in climate change consulting and advisory services an unpredictable market. Lack of a comprehensive U.S. federal policy on climate and carbon emissions, not to mention energy, has undoubtedly hampered demand, in addition to major initiatives and investment by the regulated community. However, a number of law firms, management consultants, accounting firms and specialists are finding opportunity in preventative or corrective measures to manage climate risk or optimize energy management for private clients, and in planning, policy development and research for the NGO community or public sector.

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01.Overview: Most service providers report growth in their climate change consulting practices throughout the dismal economic years of 2009-2011, albeit at lesser rates than anticipated before the downturn. CCBJ estimates that core climate change consulting services amounted to $800 million in U.S. revenues for service providers in 2011, up 4-6% from 2010, but growing a rates considerably less than 20-30% in 2007-2008.pg 1-5

02.Feature: Corporate climate leadership gets a new tool following release of Scope 3 supply chain and product lifecycle GHG accounting standards.pg 6-8

03.Profiles: Climate change practices illustrate market trends at assurance firm Deloitte; law firms Mintz Levin, Hogan Lovells, and Van Ness Feldman; and specialists KEMA, Cambridge Systematics and Synapse Energy Economics.pg 8-20

 

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