ERM, the world’s largest pure play sustainability advisory firm, has acquired MarineSpace, a marine planning and environmental consultancy that provides specialist advice and services to clients across a range of sectors.

The MarineSpace UK-based team of marine scientists and development consultants will bring expertise and technical capabilities that will enable ERM to offer consulting and services to marine developers globally.  This includes the full offshore renewables project lifecycle – from corporate strategy through to consent, operation and decommissioning. It builds on other recent acquisitions ERM has made in the renewables space including the Renewables Consulting Group and Arcus.

ERM continues to strengthen its renewables capabilities at a time when the need to accelerate the energy transition to guarantee energy security and tackle climate change has become an urgent priority for economies across the globe. MarineSpace will enable ERM to deliver end-to-end services to support marine infrastructure projects in a broad range of sectors operating in the coastal and marine environment. Clients will benefit from MarineSpace’s specialist capabilities including marine development planning and permitting, geological, geophysical and ecological services, marine data management and maritime engineering.

Tom Reichert, ERM Group CEO, said: “MarineSpace is bringing best-in-class marine expertise to ERM at a time when the shift to renewables as part of the global energy transition has never been more critical. We’re looking forward to working with the MarineSpace team to support more marine infrastructure projects around the world, as part of our ambitions to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving renewables market and shape a sustainable future with the world’s leading organizations.”

Phil Durrant, Managing Director at MarineSpace, said: “We are excited about joining ERM and expanding the reach of our marine expertise.  Our culture and current client base will complement and accelerate ERM’s ability to work on marine infrastructure projects.”

Stuart Lowe, Founder of MarineSpace, said: “The best-in-class marine expertise we offer will bring ERM a breadth of skills and depth of resources to respond rapidly to evolving market needs.  For our people at MarineSpace, it gives them the opportunity to be part of a global consultancy and develop personally and professionally as part of ERM’s global footprint.”

About MarineSpace

MarineSpace is a leading marine environment consultancy that advises clients on their largest and most complex marine development projects.

The MarineSpace team of highly experienced marine scientists and development consultants apply their extensive knowledge of the marine environment to help clients develop responsibly, efficiently, and successfully. It provides both strategic and technical advice to a variety of coastal and marine industries, utilising expertise in:

  • Feasibility, site selection, consenting, permitting and management services for marine development projects
  • Geological, geophysical, and ecological survey
  • Marine development planning and GIS (Geographic Information System)
  • Marine data management and interpretation
  • Marine archaeology and maritime engineering

With several offices in the UK, and now a global reach though ERM’s extensive network of world-class experts, the principal aim of MarineSpace is to facilitate clients’ developments according to the highest standards of sustainability, performance and return on investment. Learn more

About ERM

ERM is the business of sustainability.

As the largest global pure-play sustainability consultancy, ERM partners with the world’s leading organizations, creating innovative solutions to sustainability challenges and unlocking commercial opportunities that meet the needs of today while preserving opportunities for future generations.

ERM’s diverse team of 7,000+ world-class experts in over 170 offices across 39 countries supports clients across the breadth of their organizations to operationalize sustainability. Through ERM’s deep technical expertise, clients are well-positioned to address their environmental, health, safety, risk, and social issues. ERM calls this capability its “boots to boardroom” approach - a comprehensive service model that allows ERM to develop strategic and technical solutions that advance objectives on the ground or at the executive level. Learn more