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Green Quadrant® Environmental Services (US) 2016

Date: 19 October 2016

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Executive Summary

This report provides a detailed, fact-based comparison of 15 prominent environmental services providers operating within the US market. Based on the proprietary Verdantix Green Quadrant methodology, the analysis combines benchmark data from a 106-point questionnaire, an independent panel of 15 environmental services customers across eight industries who frequently utilize environmental services providers, interviews with heads of practice from the service providers, and Verdantix market insight. The study finds that while regulatory compliance remains the top driver of the environmental services business, risk reduction, resiliency and information management are increasingly influencing the market. The analysis of both the service line capabilities and market momentum of the suppliers reveals five suppliers – AECOM, CH2M, ERM, Ramboll Environ and Tetra Tech – currently lead the market. The report provides detailed profiles of each of the providers included and recommendations for buyers.


The State Of The US Environmental Services Market
Consolidation, Technology And Tight Buyer Budgets Shape Today’s Environmental Services Market

Clients Foresee An Increase In Usage Of Environmental Services Providers
Buyers Continue To Seek Help With Basic Environmental Compliance
Corporates Predict More Outsourcing Of Environmental Management
Understanding A Project’s Business Objectives And Health And Safety Performance Of The Service Provider Rank Highly In Shortlisting Criteria

Green Quadrant® Environmental Services (US)
Green Quadrant Methodology
Evaluated Firms: Selection Criteria
Evaluation Criteria For Environmental Service Providers
AECOM Shows Itself To Be The Leading Firm In The US Environmental Services Market
Arcadis Brings Strengths In Waste And Decommissioning To The US Environmental Services Market
Atkins’ Capabilities Centre On Water And Natural Resources Management
Black & Veatch Finds Environmental Footing With Air, Water And Remediation Services
CDM Smith Provides A Robust Set Of Remediation And Water Management Services
CH2M Retains Its Established Presence As A Leader In The US Environmental Services Market
ERM’s Pure Play Approach Achieves Excellent Capabilities Across The Board
GHD’s Acquisition Of CRA Bolsters Its Core Environmental Services
Golder Broadens Its Capability Set To Create A Well-Balanced Environmental Services Offering
The Ramboll–Environ Merger Has Created A New And Strong Competitor In The US Environmental Services Market
Stantec’s Strengths Lie In Water And Natural Resources Management
Strong Market Momentum Positions Tetra Tech In The Leaders Quadrant
Transactional Services, Remediation And Overall Environmental Management Capabilities Propel TRC Into The Innovators Quadrant
Trinity Consultants Has Extended Beyond Its Market-Leading Air Services
Product Stewardship And Corporate Services Shine Brightest For WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff


Figure 1. Three Phases Of The US Environmental Services Market
Figure 2. Environmental Services Market M&A Activity (Included Suppliers Only)
Figure 3. Customer Panel Shortlisting Criteria
Figure 4. Customer Panel Perceptions Of Environmental Services Providers
Figure 5. Capabilities Criteria For Environmental Service Providers
Figure 6. Momentum Criteria For Environmental Service Providers
Figure 7-1. Capability Scores For US Environmental Service Providers
Figure 7-2. Capability Scores For US Environmental Service Providers
Figure 8-1. Momentum Scores For US Environmental Service Providers
Figure 8-2. Momentum Scores For US Environmental Service Providers
Figure 9. Green Quadrant US Environmental Service Providers


AECOM, Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment, Alaska Power and Telephone, Alliant Energy, AMEC Foster Wheeler, American Electric Power, American Petroleum Institute, Antea Group, Arcadis, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Army Corps of Engineers, Atkins, Bechtel, Black & Veatch, Blackstone Group, BP, Cambridge Environmental, Cardno, CB&I, CBS, CDM Smith, CH2M, Chicago Midway Airport, Chicago O’Hare Airport, Clean Harbors, Coca-Cola, Coffey International, ConAgra Foods, Conestoga-Rovers & Associates (CRA), Cornerstone Environmental, CPS Energy, Dakota Software, DJO Inc., Dow Chemical Company, DTE Electric Company, Enablon, EnergySolutions, Environ, EPRI, ERM, ERM CVS, European Union (EU), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Transit Administration, Fluor, Forbes, GENIVAR, Gensuite, GHD, Golder Associates, H&M, HDR, Honeywell, Hyder Consulting, IBM, Indus Corporation, IndustrySafe, Intelex, ISO, JP Morgan, Jacobs Engineering, JSC International, Kiewit Corporation, LaGuardia International Airport, Leidos, Levi Strauss, LG&E, McKinsey, Merck KGaA, Meteorological Solutions Inc., Millennium Challenge Corporation, Millipore Sigma, Minnow Environmental, MWH Global, NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Natural Resource Group, The Nature Conservancy, Nike, OCP Trust, OMERS Administration Corporation, OSHA, Parsons Brinckerhoff, PBSJ Corporation, Patriot Coal, Puma SE, Ramboll Environ, Raytheon, rePlan, S&P, Seagate Technology, Seyfarth Shaw, Sierra Research, Sigma-Aldrich, Sound Transit, Southern California Edison, Standard Oil, Stantec, Suez Environnement, Sun Chemical Corporation, Terra Environmental Consultants, Tesla Motors, Tetra Tech, Toyota, TRC, Trinity Consultants, United Nations, URS Corporation, US Airforce, US Department of Energy, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Bureau of Economic Analysis, US Coast Guard, US Department of Defense, US Department of State, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Navy, US Trade and Development Agency, Veolia, The Wildlife Habitat Council, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Valero, World Bank, Worley Parsons, WSP Group, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff