Thursday, 14 April 2011

UK consultancy WSP acquires Swedish environmental software company

UK-based design engineering and management consultancy WSP, has acquired Swedish environmental software company, Natlikan.

WSP is an international company active in a number of sectors, including property, transport & infrastructure, industry and environment projects.  It’s one of the largest international consultancy groups in the world employing around 9,000 staff worldwide.

Natlikan designs and builds web-based environmental solutions integrated with environmental consultancy. Solutions include access to easily searchable compliance and legislative documents and a web-based Corporate Sustainability Reporting tool. The company also manages ‘Green Chain’, a membership based sustainable supply chain management network. Clients include: Bombardier; Rolls Royce; Volvo; Alfa Laval; Danske Bank; and ABB. Natlikan will become part of WSP Digital, the company’s global environmental technology and software business.

Henry Okraglik, Global Director of WSP Digital says that the acquisition of Natlikan is a perfect complement to WSP’s expanding range of online expertise: “We are increasingly using web based technologies to enable our clients to access information, knowledge and take control of their environmental, sustainability and risk management issues. Natlikan’s long and successful track record in procuring, mediating and publishing online legal environmental information is a natural extension to the capability we can offer clients.”

 

There will be more of these sorts of acquisitions in the future. There is a clear synergy between consulting companies and environmental software providers. Much consultancy work can be mundane and really needs to be automated. That’s particularly true for aspects of carbon emissions assessment and CSR reporting, for example - using tools speeds up engagements and reduces costs. On the other hand, many companies, particularly complex international organisations, are reluctant to rely solely on software solutions without some consultancy back-up. So a coming together in some form or another benefits both parties.

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