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Eunomia acquires Collingwood Environmental Planning

Eunomia says the purchase strengthens and widens the combined team’s expertise and capacity in a number of key fields.


Sustainability consultancy Eunomia Research & Consulting, headquartered in London, has completed the acquisition of Collingwood Environmental Planning (CEP), an interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability consultancy that also is based in London. According to a news release from Eunomia, the purchase 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.

The acquisition was completed July 28, with CEP becoming wholly owned by Eunomia and part of the Eunomia group.

Eunomia, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021, employs more than 100 consultants across offices in the England cities of Bristol, Manchester and London; New York; Brussels; Athens; Sydney; and Auckland, New Zealand, and works with supranational, national and local government, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and private sector clients, specializing in policy, strategy, technical analysis and implementation advice to address the world’s environmental and social crises. The company is a consultant on circular economy and decarbonization 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 public, private and NGO clients in the U.K. and internationally, including the EU institutions, promoting positive environmental, social and sustainability change through robust and innovative research, strategy and policy support.

Eunomia Chairperson Joe Papineschi says, “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 maximize 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.”

Papineschi adds, “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, says, ”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 interdisciplinary approach and our focus on new challenges and innovative approaches.

“We are delighted to become a part of Eunomia, an organization 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.”

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