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Our corporate sustainability and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) consulting services are focused on addressing the triple bottom line – people, profit, and planet.

Throughout the sustainability / ESG journey, we help business stakeholders shape their goals and strategies, select and implement technologies, enhance operations, mitigate risks, strengthen governance, and become more reputable and sustainable to drive long-term business value.

We do this by combining the diverse technical, financial, technological, scientific, regulatory, investigative, and strategic advisory expertise across our global team.

Corporate Strategy, Risk Management, Assurance & Dispute Services
  • Advising on Economic & Financial Issues in the Energy Markets
  • Advising on Sustainability Best Practices for Operations, Disclosure & Reporting
  • Analysis of Resource Planning & Resource Adequacy
  • Climate Resilience
  • Disaster Planning & Recovery
  • Environmental Risk & Compliance
  • ESG Due Diligence & Transaction Advisory
  • ESG Materiality & Maturity Assessments
  • Generation Resource Portfolio Optimization
  • Integrity Monitorship
  • Intellectual Property Valuation & Strategic Advisory for Sustainable Value Creation
  • Patent Portfolio & IP Mapping to Sustainability Goals
  • Policy Analysis & Advocacy
  • Physical Energy Asset Valuation
  • Project Finance
  • Quantification of ESG & Sustainability Impact on Enterprise & Asset Value
  • Risk Analytics
  • Shareholder & NGO Activism
  • Supply Chain Diversity Assessment & Risk Mapping
  • Structured Finance / Hedging
  • Systems Development, Data Analytics & Measurement of Program Effectiveness
Environmental Sustainability Services
  • Biodiversity & Water Availability & Protection
  • Carbon Accounting, Credit Optimization & Offsets
  • Construction Consulting – Renewables, LEED Certification & Project Support Services
  • Electrification Studies
  • Energy Transition Services
  • Environmental Asset Management
  • Environmental Remediation Services
  • Evaluation of Decarbonization Opportunities
  • Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Assurance & Verification
  • Hydrogen Value Chain
  • Integration of Renewables, Storage & Emerging Technologies
  • Product Stewardship
  • Renewable Energy
  • Waste Management
Social Sustainability Services
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Analysis
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Environmental Justice
  • Human Capital Management
  • Indigenous Relations
  • Industrial Hygiene & Safety Consulting
  • Labor & Human Rights Due Diligence
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Supply Chain Integrity
Governance Sustainability Services
  • Board of Directors Requirements & Obligations
  • Corporate Governance / Regulatory Compliance Consulting
  • Cyber Security, Data Privacy & Information Governance
  • Digital Transformation – Technology, Automation & Insight
  • ESG Reporting, Disclosure & Assurance
  • Expert Services in ESG Disputes
  • Financial Crime & Sanctions Controls
  • Supply Chain Integrity Reviews / Enhancements
Advising on Sustainability Best Practices for Operations, Disclosure & Reporting

We take a holistic approach that spans operations and governance when evaluating existing programs for enhancements or helping companies implement new sustainability programs. Examples of our services include:

  • Operations: energy efficiency planning for improved sustainability in operations
  • Disclosure: benchmarking, creation, and evaluation of disclosure polices
  • Reporting: stakeholder listening sessions, metric creation, and reporting talking points for executives
Carbon Accounting & GHG Assurance & Verification

We can help your organization manage the complexities of ESG reporting, gain access to capital investment, and control your sustainability narrative. Examples of our services include:

  • Understanding Your Company’s Context: risk assessment, competitive analysis, market opportunities, GHG reduction opportunities
  • Carbon Accounting: scope 1, 2, and 3 GHG calculation and baselines; GHG assurance; disclosure standards; assurance-ready process controls; processes/systems implementation and reporting
  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction Services: business readiness assessments, target setting throughout the organization, performance measurement, deploying technologies to monitor and manage GHGs
Corporate Governance / Regulatory Compliance Consulting

We work with clients to design; build; implement; and monitor policies, procedures, and internal controls that promote accountability at the top of compliance and ethics programs, while balancing the interests of daily operations to support executives, shareholders, and other stakeholders. Examples of our services include:

  • Board evaluations and training
  • Process and procedure evaluation, benchmarking, and creation (governance frameworks)
  • Programmatic regulatory compliance
    • Risk assessment
    • Governance
    • Policies, procedures, and controls
    • Education and training
    • Oversight and reporting
    • Auditing and resulting improvements
Cyber Security, Data Privacy & Information Governance

We facilitate data collection and the reporting of corporate governance-related metrics and sources of information, as well as reviewing existing governance and reporting structures for improvements. Examples of our services include:

  • Scoping and identification of sources of data for collection
  • Exploratory sessions to identify current reporting methods and, as needed, provide recommendations/tools for improvement
  • Interrogation and collection of data to facilitate review and reporting of key metrics (utilizing custom and/or industry-recognized dashboarding/visualization)
  • Once workflows are established, we support the automation of data collection and reporting methods
  • Review of existing corporate/board data gathering and reporting as part of an organization’s governance workflows
Energy Transition Services

We provide comprehensive support for all aspects of energy transition, whether moving toward renewable energy sources; better resilience; or the realization of corporate environmental, social, and governance programs. A few of our core services include:

  • 316(B) cooling water intake structure compliance
  • Capital investment due diligence associated with power generation, including operating and non-operating interests
  • Coal ash handling and disposal
  • Coal ash landfill planning and permitting
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Groundwater monitoring assessments and remediation
Environmental Justice

We help companies understand the environmental impacts of their facility operations, use of natural resources, and biodiversity to identify and remediate any issues, verify reporting, and deliver on their corporate sustainability commitments.

Our focus is helping companies have a positive impact on the communities they serve. Examples of our services include:

  • Community relations planning, including environmental justice considerations
  • NEPA analysis and documentation for potential environmental impacts, including environmental justice considerations for low-income and minority communities
  • Public health and potential hazard analysis
  • Public participation strategy planning and development
  • Site selection analysis
Labor & Human Rights Due Diligence

We provide a full range of Human Rights Due Diligence solutions for businesses and their stakeholders, including risk mapping and identification, supplier profiling, due diligence investigations, remediation, and disclosure.

Our solutions are built around moving legislation that is driving the need for companies to account for Corporate Social Impact and Engagement. With Labor and Human Rights at the forefront of this agenda, companies are facing increased responsibility for the conduct of their entire value chain.

Our experts investigate and deliver strategic guidance to ensure companies uphold their labor and human rights commitments and meet international guidelines and requirements.

Quantification of ESG & Sustainability Impact on Enterprise & Asset Value

We help companies understand the value impact of ESG and sustainability efforts and technologies for management strategy, M&A, and litigation situations. Valuations of ESG and sustainability impacts can be done on an enterprise level, as well as for individual assets such as a company’s brand.

Shareholder & ESG Activism

We provide strategic intelligence, crisis management, advisory, and stakeholder engagement services to address reputational, financial, and non-financial issues tied to shareholder and ESG activism.

As intense scrutiny increases for companies to justify and account for environmental and social impact and responsibility, our experts deliver strategic guidance to support proactive engagement and technical support for counsel to help protect, manage, mitigate, and enhance the company’s standing.

We also provide support with target setting, reporting, performance tracking, and assurance, which are critical to address stakeholder expectations and avoid shareholder and ESG activist issues.

Energy Economics

Our team works with clients on complex financial, economic, and strategic issues to help them make better investment decisions. Our team members leverage their experience in economics, finance, econometrics, optimization, stochastic analysis, and power market operations to provide a tailored and accurate view of the crucial drivers of costs and benefits. Our areas of expertise include:

  • Asset Valuation
  • Decarbonization
  • Energy / Capacity Markets Analysis
  • Energy Risk Management
  • Litigation & Regulatory Support
  • Market Power Analysis
  • M&A & Transaction Support
  • Portfolio Optimization
  • Resource Adequacy Analysis
  • Integrated Resource Planning (IRP)
  • Quantitative Market Modeling
  • Project Finance / Hedging
  • Real Options in Retirement & Investment Decisions
  • Risk Analytics
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