Climate expert Emily Farnworth joins ERM

01 May 2020 2 min. read
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The London-headquartered global environmental consultancy ERM has appointed Emily Farnworth, to help lead the firm’s team for climate change and low carbon economy transition. The move comes as ERM enjoys heightened demand from clients businesses investing in ways to transition to a lower carbon economy.

ERM is a global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social consulting services and sustainability related services. With more than 5,500 people in over 40 countries and territories working out of more than 160 offices, the firm assists clients with delivering innovative solutions, helping them to understand and manage their sustainability challenges.

In order to better support its clients amid an increasingly complex environmental market, ERM completed the purchase of Critical Resource in early 2020. At the time, ERM Chief Executive Keryn James commented that the value at stake for the mining and energy sectors due to “sustainability, energy transition and socio-political challenges” is increasing, and Critical Resource’s addition to ERM would help the firm assist the “world’s leading organisations navigate their way towards a more sustainable future for everyone.”

Emily Farnworth, Partner at ERM

Further building its sustainability credentials, ERM has now appointed Emily Farnworth as a Partner, bringing 20 years of consulting and climate expertise to the firm. As ERM’s new Global Director for Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy Transition (LCET), Farnworth will help ERM address an increase in demand from clients for climate change and LCET capabilities, with many businesses investing in ways to transition to a lower carbon economy.

The appointment sees Farnworth rejoin ERM, having previously spent four years with the company and become a Senior Consultant, before exiting in 2006. Since then, she has worked for the Climate Group as well as running her own consulting business, and spent three years with the World Economic Forum – where she was latterly Director, Head of Climate Initiatives.

Commenting on the news, Matt Haddon, Global Service Lead for Corporate Sustainability and Climate Change at ERM, said, "Investor, regulator and customer pressures are driving companies to invest billions of dollars into the actions required to transition to a lower carbon economy. As we expand our leadership position in this space, strategic hires such as Emily will help to ensure we have the capabilities to support our clients through the complete life cycle of the challenges this presents.”