Aurecon acquires three environmental consultancies in Hong Kong

Aurecon has acquired Acuity Sustainability Consulting Limited, Acumen Environmental Engineering and Technologies Limited, and Acumen Laboratory and Testing Limited (Acuity and Acumen). All three companies, operating under ECL Capital Limited, will become members of the Aurecon Group, effective 1 June 2022.

This acquisition follows the strategic investment Aurecon had made in August 2021 with ERE Consulting Group, a multi-disciplinary environmental consultancy based in Malaysia. It further strengthens and broadens Aurecon’s environmental, water and sustainability capabilities in Greater China and across Asia.

“Asia is a strategic growth market for Aurecon and this acquisition is a testament to our commitment to growing our business in this region,” said William Cox, CEO of Aurecon. “As one of ENR’s Top 200 Environmental Firms worldwide, we play a vital role in helping communities and economies in which we operate, transition to a more sustainable and liveable future.

“With the addition of Acuity and Acumen, Aurecon can further strengthen our offering to clients in Greater China and beyond by harnessing the capabilities and expertise of a wider team of environmental and sustainability specialists.”

Asia - the engine of green growth

According to a 2020 FTSE Russell report, the green economy represents over 5% of the market capitalisation of global listed companies, valued at approximately US$4 trillion. It has also been forecast to grow to 7% by 2030.

On a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) basis, Asia’s environmental market is growing faster than other regions; it is expected to expand at around 3.7% per year, compared to 2.5% per year for the rest of the world.

Alongside that trend, Hong Kong aims to reduce its carbon emissions by 50% before 2035 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2050. The Hong Kong government will commit HK$240 billion (US$31 billion) in the next 15 to 20 years to drive various measures on climate change mitigation and transition

In addition, mainland China has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2060 and it will spend approximately US$163 billion on renewable energy and other decarbonisation technologies to meet that target.

As Asia charts its path towards a greener future, there will be increased demand for sustainable and resilient infrastructure developments, with significant investments to follow suit.

“We are excited to welcome Acuity and Acumen as members of the Aurecon Group. Their team and expertise complement that of ERE, a multidisciplinary environmental consultancy that Aurecon has invested in last year,” said Stephane Asselin, chief executive of Aurecon Asia.

“With our strengthened capabilities, we are better positioned to deliver a full suite of environmental and sustainability services to our clients in Asia, enabling them to be better prepared to transition to a green future.”

Jacky Leung, founder of Acuity Sustainability Consulting Limited, added, “Aurecon, Acuity and Acumen share a common vision to design solutions that will shape a sustainable and resilient future. I see great synergy between ourselves and Aurecon’s business, growth strategy and brand values. We look forward to leveraging our respective strengths and driving innovation in the environment, sustainability and climate change sectors so as to leave a lasting, positive impact on the community.”

Founded in 2002, Hong Kong-based Acuity and Acumen provide a comprehensive range of environmental and sustainability services, which include environmental impact assessment; environmental monitoring and audit; air quality monitoring and management; noise monitoring and management; land contamination assessment; green building consultancy; carbon footprint and energy management. The group also comprises Acumen Laboratory Testing Limited, an independent accredited laboratory that provides water and air quality testing services.

With a team of 55 environmental and sustainability experts comprising professional engineers, environmental scientists, biologists and chemists, Acuity and Acumen have delivered some major projects across Greater China over the last decade. These include the Tseung Kwan O Desalination Plant, Integrated Waste Management Facilities Phase 1, Decontamination Works of Incinerator of Wastewater Treatment Plant in Macau, Central Kowloon Route and the Site Formation and Infrastructure Works for Police Facilities in Kong Nga Po.

The team has also conducted indoor environmental assessments for HSBC, Hongkong Land, Consulate General of Canada and Four Seasons Hotel in mainland China and provided LEED ID+C monitoring and consultancy services to Facebook, Google and Mastercard Hong Kong offices. Furthermore, the team was engaged for its commissioning authority services for Xiqu Centre at the West Kowloon Cultural District.