Arthur D. Little launches Carbon Advisory Service

Date: 13-09-2007

The service will strengthen the firm's Industry and Functional Practices and consolidate some 40 years experience in advising clients in climate change, sustainability and the carbon agenda.

Arthur D. Little (ADL), the global management consulting firm, has launched a dedicated Global Carbon Advisory Service (GCAS). Arthur D. Little's GCAS will help clients take a broad view of carbon issues, from value creation through to addressing risk and step-changes in customer requirements.

The announcement follows the launch of the new Bloomberg, Carbon Winners Equity Index, by - E. Capital Partners (ECPI), the financial investment advisory firm. ADL worked with ECPI to develop the index and calculate the carbon intensity ratings (carbon emissions over turnover) for the selected companies. The findings of this research reveal that less than 20% companies out of the selected 1000 published defined targets for the reduction of carbon emissions. Carbon Winners companies are performing 20% better than the average as monitored by Bloomberg.

Richard Clarke, Global Head of Sustainability and Risk, said: "Whilst valuation and market analyses as provided by the new Carbon Winners' Equity Index address how dealing with carbon emissions affects a company's bottom line, we also recognise that companies need to take into account the value of technology and innovation in dealing with sustainability issues. The launch of our GCAS service underlines our commitment to help clients assess future market values whilst facing the risks and step-changes needed to meet customer requirements".

The findings of the Carbon Winners' Index and the launch of this global service reinforces the work behind ADL's recent sustainability publication, 'The Sustainability Value Formula', which examines how leading companies are building long-term sustainable performance through an intense focus on integrity and innovation.

The GCAS launch will consolidate the support ADL already provides to clients with a range of pragmatic solutions to carbon related issues. Recent examples include: Benchmarking strategies and approaches for carbon management across the chemical industry; supporting a multi-national manufacturing conglomerate in development of its carbon management strategy and management system; helping a company investing in low-carbon technologies to identify opportunities for investment through a review of the patent landscape.