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Sustainable investment

We can help your organisation invest wisely in a complex financial environment.

We can help your organisation invest wisely in a complex financial environment.

The environmental, social and governance (ESG) agenda, and the rapidly changing issues and regulations that drive it, are changing the investment equation for organisations in every sector.

Customer and client expectations and behaviours are also evolving rapidly, while the physical impacts of climate change, global resource depletion and the increasing social divide are sharpening decision making. Regulation and reporting requirements such as the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulations for investors (SFDR) and the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), alongside the need to show how activities align with various developing sustainable Taxonomies, are collectively driving urgent need for action.

However, organisations are also increasingly seeing the huge potential benefit and enhanced returns in managing financial exposure to stranded assets and climate risk, and unlocking value opportunities through reducing carbon footprints, enhancing resilience, managing resources more effectively and engaging with communities to deliver social equity.

As a purpose-led organisation with a commitment to sustainable development, Arup is helping organisations and investors to navigate this changing landscape with confidence, achieving more sustainable outcomes using a combination of advisory skills, sustainability insight and deep technical expertise drawn from every part of the built environment. Ultimately, we believe sustainable investments are a way of delivering a resilient, innovation-focused business that will be good for people, the planet and economic prosperity.

Sustainable investment services

Our sustainable investment advisory team can help you establish clear sustainability goals and to invest with purpose, either by innovating in an existing market or pivoting to new ones. Our approach addresses four key priorities:

1. Define your role: in delivering a more sustainable future, embedding a sustainability culture across your organisation

2. Build the case for investment: in sustainable projects or new sustainable technologies, securing access to finance and creating new partnerships

3. Capture and realise ESG value: through investments, and managing risk across your investment portfolio.  We have transformed the traditional compliance tick-box environmental due diligence approach into a value focused ESG scope, quantifying impacts and opportunities, and making recommendations for post-deal improvement.

4. Accelerating the transition: to a more resilient and sustainable future, by adapting existing assets or transforming business models, avoiding stranded assets, and realising sustainable outcomes.

How we help you

Sustainable investments take different forms across the economy – we can help you to define the path that works best for your organisation:

Executive leaders: setting the direction

Business leaders need to establish a clear purpose and define the top-level goals for their organisation, including identifying opportunities and setting ESG priorities. We help senior leaders to take a comprehensive and long-term view, aligning investment decision making to the wider purpose, before codifying the overall strategy.

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Transformational route map for delivering environmental and social outcomes for DC Water

Arup helped DC Water develop Blueprint 2.0, an innovative new strategy which sets out a clear purpose for the organisation, about ‘why and how they intend to make change in their communities, with a particular emphasis on equity, sustainability and resilience’, and looks to position DC Water as the frontrunner in the Americas as a public authority focused on equitable, sustainable development outcomes. We have produced the organisation’s first ESG annual report setting out objectives, targets and outcomes for the business, framing the transformational ambition to accelerate the initiatives set out within Blueprint 2.0.

Public sector project sponsors: making the case

We help project sponsors to make a clear sustainability-led business case for change, establish clear outcomes and navigate funding support mechanisms. For potential public/private partnerships that means structuring a project so that it meets policy objectives and is attractive to providers of green finance too. We have advised Liverpool Region Combined Authority on developing the case for a major tidal energy project and we are supporting UK Atomic Energy Authority in developing its operating model, procurement and financial partner strategy for a major fusion demonstrator project.

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Supporting the UK's Atomic Energy Authority

We ae supporting the UK Atomic Energy Authority in developing the operating model, procurement, and partner delivery strategy for its development of STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production), the first of a kind large-scale fusion power demonstrator plant. The development of net power from fusion technology is a key element in the UK Government’s transition towards a low carbon sustainable energy future.

Asset operators/industrialists: implementing the vision 

We help COOs and strategy directors to move to ‘the how?’ phase. That means defining and implementing the actions and investment choices that are most pragmatic and effective. We can provide the insight to support bold steps to capitalise on new, and emerging markets or divest from assets with diminishing future value. We help you to think through the plan and create new business models and partnerships that will move you forward to a more sustainable and resilient business.

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Entering new markets

We are working with Hitachi Europe to develop its market development strategies around sustainable energy and decarbonisation of transport, providing insights on key market drivers. Together, we’re exploring how their broad range of existing capabilities can be used and integrated, to deliver future value to customers while staying aligned to Hitachi’s corporate sustainability objectives.


Investors want commercial confidence in a proposed new investment. We help capture and realise the full potential value in the deal.

We recently provided vendor technical and ESG due diligence for our investor client Terra Firma for its recent sale of Parmaco, a Scandinavian schools-as-a-service company.

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Helping define the key ESG value drivers

In supporting Terra Firma in its recent sale of Parmaco, a Scandinavian schools-as-a-service company, we helped define the key ESG value drivers and context for their business, quantifying the value added from their core service’s production of sustainable, educational buildings, adopting a circular economy business model. This sustainability premium was featured as a key driver in the sales process and valuation methodology by the successful purchaser.


We see huge opportunity to create value across the investment cycle. Here are just a few possibilities any organisation might take advantage of:

Accelerate climate action

  • implementing your organisation’s net zero transition

  • investing in climate change mitigation technologies

  • achieving climate resilience and adaptation measures

Make sustainable use of natural resources

Create socially valuable outcomes

  • invest inclusively – the net zero transition is an opportunity to address related social issues

  • engage with communities and create more liveable places

  • improve health, safety and wellbeing for all

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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