Grant Thornton UK has launched a combined
energy, environment and sustainability (EES) sector team.

A team of 30 staff will work across the firm
offering specialist tax, assurance and advisory services across the
EES sector.

The firm plans to double the number of staff
in the EES team with a view to generating revenues of £15m
($24m) in the next three years.

Grant Thornton said it had brought together
existing EES service offerings due to the firm’s growth in the
renewable sector, which will also allow it to make an effective
contribution to the low carbon sector, expected to be worth £200bn
by 2030.

“Energy and the environment are at the top of
the agenda not only for UK government and businesses but on an
international scale. This agenda change is beginning to have a
major impact on how companies and their supply chains do business,
Grant Thornton EES head Nathan Goode said.

“The key aim of the new EES sector is to
support dynamic organisations in the private, public and third
sectors as they seek to secure growth and commercial opportunities
in the renewable sector. Using a combination of strategic and
transactional capabilities as well as taking advantage of our
public policy insight we are able to respond creatively to the
compliance challenges posed by the issues companies face.”

Grant Thornton’s EES sector team will launch a
new report called Sustainable Cities on 31 May, examining
key challenges for UK cities in delivering effective long term
sustainability strategies. It will also make recommendations for
reinforcing sustainable businesses and local councils with a view
to facilitating a collective boost to the UK’s sustainability