Sustainability consulting

Sustainability consulting

Our solutions help our clients strengthen their competitive advantage and accelerate their journey to net zero

"Climate change is the greatest challenge of the 21st century. How companies react today will define their competitive position for decades to come."
Portrait of David Frans
Senior Partner
Frankfurt Office, Central Europe

Companies and organizations are facing an urgent need to improve their environmental impact. To help them rise to this strategic challenge, Roland Berger provides a wide portfolio of consulting services. Supported by our global network, our cross-disciplinary teams work with clients of all sizes from both the public and the private sector to identify how their business is impacted by environmental developments. At the same time, our experts help them spot new opportunities, facilitate their decision-making, implement proven approaches and initiatives and develop new, disruptive solutions. With our support and expertise, clients can rest assured of their future competitiveness

Below, we list the main areas where we offer innovation-driven consultancy services in sustainability and climate action. Drawing on our global resources, our sustainability consulting teams provide thought leadership, analytical insight and tailored strategic solutions for organizations. Our portfolio ranges from quick sustainability checks and fast footprinting of your Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions to holistic products, such as sustainability, circular economy or waste management strategies and deep dives into decarbonization or green value monetization.

Your strategic challenges
Sustainability checks

Quick sustainability checks

We offer a number of "quick sustainability checks" to give you insight into your current progress on the road to net zero. For example, our Quick Climate Check assesses your existing sustainability and climate action strategy, identifies any risks of failing to meet related decarbonization and other sustainability targets based on your current trajectory, and helps you draw up a hands-on plan to mitigate those risks. Our consulting service portfolio also includes a Quick Regulation Risk Check, a Quick Portfolio Check to diagnose your current sustainability position and scan your organization for untapped business potential, and a Quick Climate Impact Risk Check.

Fast footprinting

We can conduct a solid but swift estimation of your organization's Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, allowing you to lay the foundations for your future corporate sustainability and climate action strategy.

Climate action impulse

Climate action impulse

We provide you with a high-level sustainability overview of your industry and an outside-in emissions analysis of your organization, benchmarking your ambition level against global competitors and highlighting key areas for you to decarbonize across your emissions scopes.

Sustainability strategies

Sustainability strategy

Our sustainability consultants can help you develop an ESG strategy by setting ambition levels within defined strategy fields, defining initiatives and lighthouse projects along detailed implementation roadmaps and establishing sustainability governance. We also help you develop an SDG strategy, that is a company-wide vision based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework. We provide relevance assessment and prioritization of all 17 SDGs for your organization, develop a holistic sustainability strategy based on the SDG framework and set up best-practice tracking tools to achieve its efficient implementation.

Waste management strategy

Effective waste management is imperative for environmental protection. Resources that can be recovered through the circular economy and sound waste-management practices are critical for our future. Green solutions are particularly critical in industries that are resource heavy. Our team work with you to co-create an effective sustainable waste management strategy, saving you money at the same time as reducing your contribution to climate change and air and water pollution.

Circular economy strategy

The concept of a circular economy involves minimizing material usage, reimagining materials, products, and services to be less resource-intensive, and repurposing waste as a valuable resource for the production of new materials and products. Our experts help you improve circularity by rethinking design, ownership and material flows across your entire value chain.

Sustainable business transformation

Fully integrating climate action into a firm's operating model, corporate culture and go-to-market approach is no simple task. Our strategic sustainability consulting experts help you bring climate action to life across your entire company, from an organization perspective, governance and HR policies to product development, the supply chain and relationships with customers and other stakeholders. We support this process with efficient progress monitoring tools – everything you need to ensure the realization of your long-term climate action targets.

Holistic adaptation strategy

Some of the effects of climate change cannot be avoided. Pressure from regulators, investors, customers and other stakeholders will also increase. We provide you with an end-to-end, holistic adaptation strategy to reduce the negative impacts of this change and to take advantage of opportunities that may arise.

Biodiversity strategy

Roland Berger supports clients in developing conservation strategies, and to establish new protected areas and nature reserves. We also support you in assessing the impact of businesses and projects on biodiversity and developing ESG strategies to mitigate it.

Decarbonization solutions

Decarbonization of scope 1, 2 & 3

Depending on the industry your company is in, reducing scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions may be a key challenge. Our consultants work with your management team to develop a comprehensive, data-driven climate action strategy focusing on your scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions to help you achieve your near-term and long-term decarbonization targets. We also offer a number of advisory services aimed at specific areas of decarbonization. Thus, the Roland Berger Transportation Decarbonizer supports you in tackling the challenges of logistics decarbonization while retaining business value, the Roland Berger Energy Decarbonizer helps you reduce and decarbonize your energy consumption, and the Roland Berger Supply Chain Decarbonizer aims to holistically reduce your upstream scope 3 emissions from purchased goods and services.

Carbon capture (utilization) and storage

Carbon capture (utilization) and storage (CC(U)S) is not an alternative to mitigation, but a necessary piece of the global journey towards a net-zero economy. The recognition that CC(U)S has a pivotal role to play in the world's battle against global warming has come with increasing concerns and awareness around climate change. The adoption of carbon capture technologies is accelerating, with the cost decreasing and increased funding being committed to CC(U)S projects. Our experts help understand the implications for infrastructure operators and investors, and support you in leveraging the potential of CC(U)S.

Green value monetization and investments

Green value monetization

Decarbonizing your own products can be financially beneficial, attract investors and satisfy concerned stakeholders. Some of today's business models will not work in a decarbonized future for a variety of reasons, and at the same time new niches will appear. We help you monetize the value of carbon reduction in your products by means of CO2 value pricing. We can also help you develop a climate business model fit for the net zero economy.

De-risking clean tech investments

While the technical maturity of clean (low-carbon or no-carbon) technologies is close, commercial viability requires the acceleration of consolidated demand. Our sustainability consultants assist you in building a partner ecosystem to ensure cost-effective scale-up of investments in clean technologies.

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