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Sustainable futures

We help clients to run more sustainable and efficient operations, and meet the changing expectations of customers, clients and communities worldwide.

We help clients to run more sustainable and efficient operations, and meet the changing expectations of customers, clients and communities worldwide.

In a globalised economy, world trends have local implications. Running a sustainable business means exploring every element of your operations, to work how you can best serve communities, preserve resources, decarbonise production, and reduce energy requirements. It’s a call for greater efficiency, and to keep a closer eye on tomorrow. In reality, sustainable development is just the key to better business.

Our Advisory Services team helps clients to plan their own sustainable futures, adapting their business using new ideas, tools and technologies. From depleting resources to climate change, evolving regulation to financial risk, we use insights about the future to help our clients thrive.

Sustainability – a priority for everyone

We help clients to think strategically about sustainability, co-creating solutions that improve their performance against a wide variety of sustainability criteria. By drawing on Arup’s long experience designing high performance, low-energy spaces, we’re also able to take a technical plus advisory role to improving their estates’ overall sustainability.

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Time to embrace the circular economy

Resources are becoming more limited. Easy access to materials can’t be taken for granted. That means growing future costs, more regulation on waste and a growing responsibility to think longer-term. The circular economy is a powerful new paradigm, one that ends wasteful practices and keeps assets at higher value for longer.

We work with businesses to bring circular economy principles to life in their organisations. This can mean examining their supply chains, weeding out waste and bringing in new productive efficiencies.

We’re a knowledge partner with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, helping to shape thinking on this vital issue, across our industry and beyond.

Decarbonising business

Organisations as varied as government buildings and power stations understand that they need to reach net-zero carbon emissions, and quickly. Our Advisory Services team helps clients to explore how decarbonising can become a practical and achievable goal.

Six principles for better business

When we meet new clients, we like to share what we’ve learned. These are the six principles that we think will produce a sustainable future for all:

  1. Respect planetary boundaries: that means ensuring your product or service is compatible with the limitations of natural resources, climate change and vital ecosystems.

  2. Be socially valuable. A business isn’t sustainable if its interests run counter to the communities it works in.

  3. Be a climate saviour. For business this means thinking about usage of natural resources and pollution. 

  4. Think circular. As resources become constrained, prices go up, and business suffers. Doing the right thing for the planet, will do the right thing for your business. 

  5. Aim for net-zero carbon emissions. This not only contributes to arresting climate change, it’s a great strategy for the most efficient operations. 

  6. Be people-focused. We use human-centred design principles to shape clients’ projects in ways that ensure the personal experience is always a priority.

Discover how our team can help

You can access our Advisory Services through regional consultants around the world. Wherever you’re based, we can help you look beyond your sector to explore new sources of inspiration and identify opportunities for growth.

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Strategy and insights

Strategy and insights

We work with clients to develop sound business strategies that help them to face the future. Our team offers vital market and competitor analysis, stress testing proposed corporate strategies against market developments. We bring valuable objectivity, providing business leaders with insights into new trends and the emerging issues that will shape their future success.

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Finance and economics

Finance and economics

Planning a major transaction or acquisition? Need a fresh perspective on the changing economics of your market or sector? We help clients to understand what’s driving their market, make sound investments and stay on top of the many related technical, commercial and operational issues they face.

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Programmes and projects

Programmes and projects

Our global programme and project managers have delivered some of the world’s most ambitious schemes, from new airport terminals to vital bridges. Our experienced team bring you insights from other sectors, and can help you achieve your goals with confidence.

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Assets and operations

Assets and operations

We help clients to develop effective asset strategies. Taking a new approach to your business’ assets can optimise your wider operations: from the level of service you can offer to the financial performance you achieve. Our approach ensures your existing assets and investments work harder, and smarter.

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People and organisations

People and organisations

At moments of business change, like major expansions, getting the right mix of people skills and knowledge right is pivotal to success. Our team are experts in behavioural change, business psychology and leadership techniques that can help an organisation to stay ahead. Find out how we can help your team develop the people and skills it needs.

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