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Denmark’s Ramboll acquires ENVIRON

Consulting, design, and engineering firm Ramboll Group (Copenhagen, Denmark) has significantly expanded its global footprint and established a base in the United States through the acquisition of ENVIRON Holdings Inc. (Arlington, VA), firm that employs more than 1,500 environmental and health science specialists in the U.S. and 20 other countries. In a release, Ramboll, which was advised in the transaction by the Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG; New York, NY), said that the combination places it among the top 10 environmental consultancies in the world, with 2,700 professionals working in the areas of environment, health, and water. The company has a total global staff of 12,500 people in 35 countries. “Strengthening our portfolio within environmental services and expanding into new attractive regions, specifically North America, has been a strategic priority for us since 2012,” said Ramboll Group CEO Jens-Peter Saul. “The acquisition of ENVIRON is an important milestone in fulfilling this ambition.” Saul added that ENVIRON “brings a complementary service portfolio of high-end competencies with key synergies in especially air quality, health, site solutions, and due diligence.”

At the time of the acquisition, the combined annual revenue of the companies exceeds DKK 10 billion (about $1.7 billion U.S.). With the ENVIRON team on board, Ramboll says it will have a particularly strong presence in the Nordic countries, North America, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, the Middle East, and India. Ramboll will also have “significant representation” in Asia, Australia, South America, and sub-Saharan Africa, the company said.

“Joining forces with Ramboll puts us in an even stronger position to continue working on the most challenging environmental and human health problems, including the implications of global urbanization, climate change and resource scarcity,” said ENVIRON CEO Stephen Washburn. “The environmental and human health challenges facing society have never been greater. Working together, Ramboll and ENVIRON are ideally positioned to help the global community and our clients in meeting these challenges.”


Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014

EA Engineering becomes 100% ESOP-PBC

EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. (Hunt Valley, MD) has made two key changes in its ownership structure that are designed to “enhance the long-term sustainability of the firm,” the company announced on December 16. The first of the changes is the completion of a series of transactions, as a result of which the company is now 100% owned by its employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). In the second change, EA has registered as a public benefit corporation (PBC) under Delaware corporate law. The firm is now operating as EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC and sees itself as a “first mover” among major environmental consulting firms operating as 100% ESOP-owned PBCs. 

“Given our environmentally-focused mission, our employees’ interest in supporting our communities, and our firm’s commitment to sustainability, EA is well-aligned to operate as a Public Benefit Corporation,” commented Ian MacFarlane, EA’s president and CEO. “Furthermore, we see our clients’ own commitments to sustainability and green procurement as a growing trend that is here to stay. Adoption of public benefit corporation status in our company charter means that, in addition to continuing to provide high quality environmental services, we will plan, measure, and report on EA’s progress in delivering our specific public benefits, which will further distinguish and enhance the value we create for ourselves, our clients, and our environment.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Ricardo-AEA to team with Saudi consultancy

U.K.-based environmental consultancy Ricardo-AEA has signed a memorandum of understanding with Saudi environmental consulting firm Arensco under which the two companies will jointly provide environmental services in Saudi Arabia. Arensco provides a range of services, including air quality, environmental impact assessment, water resource management, and contaminated land consulting, for clients such as Saudi Aramco and the Saudi royal commissions. Ricardo-AEA has been providing air quality and waste management strategy consulting services in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, for the last 18 months. “With the country’s ambitious plans for infrastructure and industrial development, and its growing commitment to adopting best environmental practice, we are sure that our collaboration with Arensco will greatly benefit our clients and both of our companies,” said Robert Bell, Ricardo-AEA’s managing director. Kamal Al Juhani, managing director of Arensco, commented, “all our experience and local client knowledge shows that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is poised for a major increase in demand for internationally respected environmental consultancy.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Chicago-area MWRD to offer “green bond”

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) announced that it will be one of the first wastewater treatment agencies in the United States to offer a tax exempt “green bond” to finance environmentally friendly infrastructure development. The green bond is part of a $297 million bond sale that MWRD launched on December 15. The “green” portion of the bond sale encompasses four project areas—MWRD’s Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP), a system designed to reduce flooding and pollution caused by combined sewer overflows (CSOs); stormwater management projects; resource recovery projects involving stormwater reuse and phosphorus recovery; and water reclamation plant expansions and system improvements. MWRD says it has received a AAA rating from Fitch for 13 consecutive year and from Standard & Poor’s for eight consecutive years. “These top ratings and stable outlook will be a very strong selling tool in the bond market,” said Mariyana Spyropoulos, MWRD’s chairman of finance. “The green bonds will support projects that reduce our carbon footprint and improve energy efficiency.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Amec Foster Wheeler acquires Scopus Group

Amec Foster Wheeler (London, U.K.) has acquired Scopus Group (Holdings) Ltd. (Aberdeen, U.K.), a provider of specialist engineering services to the global oil and gas, petrochemical, and nuclear industries. Scopus employs approximately 200 people who provide laser-scanning, dimensional control, and lean engineering services associated with the provision of precise survey data for the engineering of piping and structural solutions. “This  acquisition forms part of our growth strategy by further strengthening our  project delivery capability across the upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas sectors,” said Alan Johnstone, managing director of Amec Foster Wheeler’s Brownfield Projects business. “Combining Scopus’ specialist expertise with our wider capability, geographic coverage, and customer relationships will further enable us to deliver cost-effective services across the whole life-cycle of a project. In particular, the enhanced lean engineering capability will allow us to provide a low-cost solution at the late-life stage of a facility prior to decommissioning.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014

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