York-based Arcus Consultancy Services, a leading environmental, planning and engineering consultancy firm, has been acquired by ERM, one of the world’s biggest sustainability consultancies.
Arcus, founded in 2006, provides support to some of the most significant renewable energy schemes in Europe and Africa, employing almost 100 people.
It supports clients throughout the entire project lifecycle from initial site searches through to completion in such areas as windfarms, solar plants, battery storage facilities, hydrogen schemes and gas to grid systems.
The Arcus team is currently supporting high profile projects such as Dogger Bank, the world’s largest offshore windfarm and Cleve Hill, the UK’s largest solar farm in Kent.
Founder and director of Arcus, Greg Shillabeer, said: “We have created a fantastic business in Arcus over the past 14 years and are keen to further develop and diversify geographically, in different market sectors and with new clients.
“By joining a market leader like ERM, with such a strong global platform and market presence, these aspirations will be immediately possible, whilst ensuring our clients continue to have access to the very best technical expertise.
“We also aspire to help organisations who are yet to fully realise the potential that renewables can bring to their businesses and have ambitious plans to achieve this through our union with ERM, ultimately contributing towards the global transition to a lower carbon economy.”
ERM’s CEO, Keryn James, added: “Renewables are a vital part of the decarbonisation of the EU energy system and Europe is the largest global market for renewable projects, with renewable energy also on the rise in Africa.
“Our continuing and significant investment in this area includes identifying and working with the best people to do this.
“Arcus is known and respected for the bespoke, high-quality work that it currently undertakes for its clients in the UK and Africa.”