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Sustainability and climate response


Follow the business case

Sustainability presents a massive commercial opportunity, with a predicted annual $12 trillion market value by 2030. At the same time, the 2020 World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report was dominated by environmental concerns for the first time in history.

We are seeing the pace of major legislation accelerating as governments are driving progress on their pledges to Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050. Consumers are more committed than ever to a sustainable future and demanding bigger and braver action. And sustainable investments are at their peak, more than tripling to £125tr by 2030 with ESGs essential to investment strategies.

Sustainability is the commercial, purpose-led opportunity

Five areas for effective action

We believe you can find new opportunities and take effective action by addressing tangible areas at the intersection of environment, strategy, technology and regulation. The areas with the biggest impact commercially and environmentally are:


Don’t treat water as a consequence. Understand your ecosystem and footprint to uncover the hidden value.


Carbon equals revenue, not cost embrace innovation, technologies and new business models to generate revenue.


Understand waste, design with waste in mind, adopt novel processes and technologies and collaborate across sectors to spot the business opportunities from waste.


Businesses that design sustainability into their product lines are seeing increased revenues and greater consumer loyalty.


Stop tackling packaging in isolation, collaborate across the lifecycle to reduce confusion and wasted effort.

We help accelerate and scale innovation to deliver effective sustainability and climate action


Find commercial opportunities and value

We help businesses seize the commercial opportunity of sustainability. We find and optimise value to create lasting and profitable change across your value chain.


Innovate end-to-end

We are experts in end-to-end innovation for sustainability. From insights and strategies to new business models and supply chains, to technology and product development through to commercialisation.


Deliver real and measurable results

We use KPIs mapped to UN Sustainable Development Goals to deliver real and measurable results, accelerating progress against planetary, social, and financial aspirations.

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Dole Asia Holdings – end-to-end transformation for sustainability

Dole is reinventing every part of a process that starts with the fruit in the fields and ends with biodegradable and recyclable packaging. As Dole’s innovation partner, we’re helping to transform their business.

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Pulpac – sustainable products and packaging

A patented solution that uses renewable pulp and cellulose to produce low cost, high performance, fiber-based packaging and single-use products. It offers up to an 80% lower CO2 footprint and is a low-cost alternative to plastics. PA is the exclusive global development partner of this revolutionary technology.

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Water Source – providing clean drinking water to underserved communities

We helped develop an innovative decentralised water treatment facility that leverages the Internet of Things (IoT) and circular economy principles to empower water providers and deliver potable water to those who need it. The facility cleans water at the community level, a process that could revolutionise the way water is delivered around the world.

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Ørsted – leading the transformation to green energy

In 2020 Ørsted became the world's most sustainable company. By 2025 they aim to increase green energy production to 99%, from just 20% in 2006. We have helped Ørsted to fundamentally transform the organisation, changing the culture, building capabilities and strengthening processes so it’s better equipped to create a world that runs entirely on green energy.

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Your sustainability toolkit

Circular Business Model Design Guide

A practical guide to help business leaders identify circular opportunities and design business models that create, deliver and capture value in ways that also benefit society and the environment.

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The innovation framework provides step-by-step guidance on how innovation teams can use the SDGs as a lens to uncover new product, service and business model opportunities, and a toolkit for building the breakthroughs needed to progress the SDGs.

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Explore three key strategies to sustainable plastics and packaging and our recommendations for success. Find out how the industry leaders such as Coca-Cola, Morrisons and John Lewis are delivering on sustainable packaging.

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There is no single magic bullet for solving global water scarcity issues, however, industry partners can come together and innovate, each adding value and ultimately creating end-to-end solutions that benefit all.

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TIPS for decarbonisation

The imperative for climate response is growing, and the political climate reflects this as consumers, employees and investors are demanding it. Tackling emissions ensures risks are minimised and sets businesses up for long-term profitability.

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Conscious Consumerism is transforming industries

Conscious consumers are voting with their phones and wallets, putting brands on notice. Sustainably aware buyers aren’t just motivated by advertising, convenience and cost. Instead, these consumers research the companies they buy from and support to...

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How exec teams are getting ESG wrong

PA Consulting’s head of sustainability, Jonquil Hackenberg, discusses what leaders must do to grasp the sustainability agenda.

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Winds of change at PA: New head of practice offers fresh perspective on energy transition

Offshore wind is regarded as a game changer in the energy system as a way to deliver clean bulk power generation.

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Why we need to make sport more sustainable

PA Consulting’s Head of Sustainability, Jonquil Hackenberg, discusses why assessing the entire supply chain, from start to finish, is the only solution to making sport more sustainable...

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PA Consulting has been appointed to design electric vehicle charge points

The UK Department for Transport has appointed PA, alongside the Royal College of Art, to deliver an iconic British charge point design which could become as recognisable as the red post box or black cab. The design will be unveiled at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November and could be seen on streets across the UK from 2022.

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It’s time to make sport more inclusive and diverse

PA Consulting’s Head of Sustainability, Jonquil Hackenberg, discusses why sport must become more sustainable, inclusive and diverse

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Why we need out-of-the-box thinking on sustainable packaging

The packaging market is full of confusion and complexity. Our sustainable packaging compass will help you find a route to success when deciding your sustainable packaging approach.

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Thinking of recommerce as a sustainable option for your brand? Be prepared to think deeply

Many believe recommerce increases sustainability by keeping goods out of landfill and reducing unnecessary purchases. But is that always true?

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Brands, you need to listen to the Conscious Consumer of the future

Keeping an ear to the ground on what conscious consumers are looking for, and predicting how these desires might grow and adapt, is the key to building a future-proof business.

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To Zero and Beyond: Charting the Path to 2050

PA Consulting’s Head of Sustainability, Jonquil Hackenberg, and energy and utilities expert, Greg Bradley, discuss the UK’s commitment to Net Zero, and the areas the water industry need to address to achieve this by 2050.

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How can all organisations bring the circular economy to life by design?

The circular economy is a unique opportunity for business – one where cost savings and economic productivity go hand in hand with reducing environmental impact. The key to unlocking these benefits is designing and implementing successful circular business models.

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Webinar: five ways financial services firms can empower sustainable living

Listen to our webinar discussion around the opportunities the rise of conscious consumerism will bring to banks.

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The impact of COVID on sustainable supply chains

PA Consulting’s food innovation and sustainability expert, Stuart Gilby, discusses the impact COVID-19 has had on sustainable supply chains.

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More sustainability articles and insights

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We are committed

The UN Global Compact is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with more than 9000 companies and 3000 non-business signatories globally. We’re a participant and a specialist technical advisor to the UN Global Compact and a partner to UNGC Project Breakthrough.

The CE100 is a group of leading global organisations seeking to accelerate the transition to a Circular Economy, set up by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. We’re an active member along with companies including Unilever, Philips, Apple, Cisco, Google, Nike, eBay and Ikea. Find out more >

We endorse The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with UN Environment. It aims to create a new normal for plastic packaging, whereby a circular economy ensures plastic packaging never becomes waste.


Let’s discuss your sustainability challenges and get you moving forward. Use the form below to get in touch, or connect with us on LinkedIn.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Jonquil Hackenberg

Global Head of Sustainability


Aris Karcanias

Global Head of Energy & Utilities