For the second consecutive year CH2M Hill and Tetra Tech lead the global environmental consultancy market, which saw a 0.8 percent decrease to stand at $28.7 billion in 2013, according to the latest research by Environment Analyst in its Global Environmental Consulting Strategies and Competitor Analysis 2014 report.
The growth recorded in 2013 is significantly down on the 3.5 percent growth in 2012 and 4 percent increase in 2011, and is expected to recover to no more than 1.1 percent in 2014 reflecting the slight improvement in global economic outlook. The market’s latest dip — its first since the impact of the global financial crisis in 2009 — reflects the slowdown in demand from key client sectors such as the US federal government and global mining industry, the report says.
The top 10 firms ranked in order of gross global EC revenues in 2013 are: CH2M Hill, Tetra Tech, Arcadis, URS Corporation (owned by AECOM from 2014), Golder Associates, Environmental Resources Management, AECOM, AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, GHD (inc. CRA) and Grontmij NV and Cardno (in joint 10th position). The next 14 are: Antea Group, MWH Global, RPS Group, Environ, Jacobs (inc. SKM Consulting), Parsons Brinckerhoff (owned by WSP Global from 2014), WorleyParsons, Royal HaskoningDHV, WSP Global, ICF International, Mott MacDonald, Atkins, SLR and Coffey International.
See graphic for the top three firms in each geographic region.
Together, the environmental consultancy practices of these 25 firms account for a combined share of 46.3 percent of the total global market in 2013, but their aggregated revenue total was 1.4 percent down on the figure in 2012.
Only the top three players — CH2M Hill, Tetra Tech and Arcadis — are able to boast overall market shares in excess of 4.5 percent, largely thanks to their strong positions in the dominant North American region, which accounts for 53 percent of the sector total.