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Consulting firm Accenture has acquired Carbon Intelligence. The climate change strategy consultancy adds more than 160 professionals to Accenture’s growing group of data scientists, consultants and sustainability experts.

Founded in 2011, Carbon Intelligence is a London-headquartered consultancy specialising in helping global businesses reduce their overall carbon footprints with Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) strategies. The firm helps clients in multiple sectors develop measurable strategies, working closely with the SBTi, while it is also a key accredited partner to CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), and is regularly recognised for its high standard of work in helping clients measure and manage their emissions. 

The arrival of Carbon Intelligence at Accenture brings on board more than 160 professionals, and demonstrates the firm’s determination to make the most of a booming sustainability market consulting market – which Verdantix research recently suggested was worth as much as $6.2 billion worldwide, with almost $10 billion expected to be added by the close of 2027. Part of this growth will be clients turning to consultants for support in measuring and acting on carbon data, which acquiring Carbon Intelligence will help Accenture to do. 

Accenture buys climate change consultancy Carbon Intelligence

Jonathan Sykes, CEO, Carbon Intelligence remarked, “The Carbon Intelligence team is made up of amazing, passionate people who are committed to driving real impact on climate change. We are excited to be joining Accenture, which will help us scale our capabilities and fulfil our mission to help businesses make a successful transition to a low-carbon world.”

As it joins Accenture, Carbon Intelligence becomes the consulting giant’s fifth sustainability-centred acquisition in the last 12 months. As Accenture looks to build its Sustainability Services wing, it has added Greenfish in France, Belgium and the Netherlands, akzente in Germany, Zestgroup in the Netherlands, and the 60-strong consultancy Avieco in the UK.

Toby Siddall, Accenture’s Sustainability lead in the UK and Ireland, commented, “Carbon Intelligence is an important addition given their leading capabilities in emissions measurement and management, and trusted data-based insights to support clients in decarbonisation goals against science-based targets. Together with Accenture’s capacity to deliver real transformation at scale, we will be able to accelerate true impact in reducing total emissions with our clients and for the communities they serve.”