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Top Ten Growth Opportunities In Sustainable Business Consulting (Webinar)

Date: 08 July 2010

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Executive Summary

This webinar features the most recent Verdantix Critical Moments market sizing and forecasting data on spending by 2,340 firms with more than $1bn in revenues on sustainable business consulting. The webinar drills down into the top 10 growth opportunities for consulting firms in the UK and the US markets across initiatives such as sustainability strategy development, climate change risk assessment, CSR and environmental assurance, verification and certification. We provide recommendations for consulting firms’ sales and marketing strategies as well as business planning for the 2012-14 time horizon.

Table Of Contents

WHAT IS THE SHAPE OF THE MARKET FOR SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS CONSULTING?
Sustainable business strategies set out ambitious objectives which are already transforming the basis of competitive advantage
Sustainability creates new opportunities which attracts firms with significantly different capabilities
Sustainable business programmes open the door to seven different consulting capabilities
Consulting firms should apply a consistent initiative-based framework to classify and target opportunities
Given the complex opportunity landscape, practice leaders should conduct a capability/initiative quick test to spot addressable segments
Verdantix Green Quadrant studies identify capability/initiative strengths and weaknesses
Recap on the shape of the sustainable business consulting market

WHAT ARE THE TOP TEN OPPORTUNITIES IN THE US MARKET?
US sustainable business consulting market in 2010 will reach $5.3bn
US top ten sustainable business consulting opportunities by industry (2010)
FedEx dovetails fuel and energy efficiency with sustainability goals and innovative investments to mitigate oil price risks
Practice leaders need to map capabilities/initiatives to industry competence and relationships
US top ten consulting opportunities by initiative in 2010
Building energy efficiency opens opportunities for real estate services firms, LEED specialists, technical consulting and systems integrators
Across the 1,833 firms in the US study, even a small increase in demand for engineering talent drives a big uptick in recruitment fees
C-level executives think that successful product and service innovation will be one of the toughest challenges in the sustainability market

WHAT ARE THE TOP TEN OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE UK MARKET?
UK sustainable business consulting market will reach $1.03bn (£679m) in 2010
UK top ten consulting opportunities by industry
Renault embraces life-cycle management as an organizing concept for the entire global business
Estimated spend per firm on sustainable business consulting is essential to understand as part of a market strategy
UK top ten consulting opportunities by initiative in 2010
In 2010 UK firms will spend $104m (£68.5m) on sustainable business stategy development
Consulting fees for regulatory affairs and lobbying are driven by the arrival of a new coalition government, the EU ETS and the UK CRC
Marketing sustainable products and services - from recycled pens to financial PR for capital raising - is generating demand for advice

HOW WILL THE SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS CONSULTING MARKET EVOLVE OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS?
Sustainable business is driven by four groups of drivers. Innovation and markets dominate regulatory responses to climate science
US market for sustainable business consulting is forecast to grow from $5.3bn in 2010 to $11.1bn in 2014, a CAGR of 18%
US fastest growing sustainable business consulting opportunties are EVs, smart grid, cleantech and energy/carbon data management
UK market for sustainable business consulting is forecast to grow from $1.0bn in 2010 to $1.5bn in 2013, a CAGR of 13%
UK fastest growing sustainable business consulting opportunities are EVs energy/carbon data, cleantech and smart grid

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