Eunomia completes acquisition of Collingwood Environmental Planning

2nd August 2021

Eunomia has completed the acquisition of Collingwood Environmental Planning (CEP), an inter-disciplinary environmental and sustainability consultancy.

The acquisition process completed on 28th July. CEP is now wholly owned by Eunomia and becomes part of the Eunomia group.

The acquisition strengthens and widens the combined team’s expertise and capacity in a number of key fields, including water and flood risk management, natural capital and green infrastructure, policy evaluation, climate change adaptation, environmental foresight and the social aspects of environmental change.

In its 20th anniversary year, Eunomia employs more than 100 consultants across offices in Bristol, Manchester, London, New York, Brussels, Athens, Sydney and Auckland and works with supranational, national and local government, non-governmental and private sector clients. Eunomia specialises in policy, strategy, technical analysis and implementation advice to address the world’s environmental and social crises. It is a key advisor on circular economy and decarbonisation to the European Commission and many of the world’s leading environmental NGOs, brands, retailers and materials companies. It also carries out work on the natural economy, biodiversity and sustainable transport.

Founded in 1995, CEP works with a range of public, private and non-governmental clients both in the UK and internationally, including the EU institutions, to put the environment and communities at the heart of decision making by promoting positive environmental, social and sustainability change through robust and innovative research, strategy and policy support.

Joe Papineschi, Chairperson of Eunomia, said: “We’re hugely excited that, through our first acquisition, we’re bringing CEP into the Eunomia group. Our two companies are natural partners, driven by common values. We both take an evidence-based approach to maximise the positive environmental and social impacts of our work, and focus on providing high-quality advice with the aim of delivering practical solutions for clients.

“We’re a great home for the CEP team and thanks to their highly complementary skills and experience, together we will be able to expand our work in a number of key areas focused on the climate and biodiversity crises. The excellent reputation and track record of the CEP team allows us to offer services to a wider range of clients, increasing and amplifying the impact of our work.”

Ric Eales, Managing Director at CEP, said: ”I am personally hugely proud of what CEP has achieved over the last 26 years. What has made CEP different as an environmental and sustainability consultancy has been our ability to operate at the nexus of research and practice, our inter-disciplinary approach, and our focus on new challenges and innovative approaches. We are delighted to become a part of Eunomia, an organisation that shares our culture and values, along with our commitment to delivering quality and innovation for clients. This presents a fantastic opportunity to continue our journey and significantly enhance our ability to deliver positive change and real impact.”

Following this acquisition, Eunomia aims to further strengthen and broaden its expertise on a range of specialist environmental and sustainability issues. Alongside continued strong organic growth, the company will be seeking further complementary acquisitions in areas such as sustainable food, farming and transport.