Industry Leadership


AECOM for its extensive global practice in climate change adaptation and resilience. In 2015, AECOM delivered 35 climate adaptation and resilience projects in 20 countries, chaired sessions at global forums, participated in panels at COP21 in Paris and worked alongside UN agencies, World Bank, Rockefeller Foundation and other influential entities on global programs and initiatives. AECOM also completed an update of the UN's Ten Essentials of Disaster Risk Reduction.

The year saw AECOM publish its Becoming Climate Resilient guide for private sector companies and the new book What's Next In Making Cities Resilient, as well as contributung to the NIST Community Resilience Planning Guide. AECOM and partner IBM received the 2015 Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) Corporate Adaptation Prize for their UNISDR Disaster Resilience Scorecard, which has been adapted for small businesses and is piloting in New Orleans.

One of AECOM's most notable climate adaptation resilience projects is its work to help Miami Beach protect its built environment from rising sea levels and flooding. In international projects, AECOM completed the International Climate Change Adaptation Framework for Road Infrastructure for the World Road Association's (PIARC). The framework helps road infrastructure managers identify assets and networks vulnerable to climate change, prioritize the risks, develop adaptation responses and integrate those into decision-making.

Additionally, AECOM developed new climate adaptation technologies, including an economic framework for analyzing adaptation options and predictive modeling for sea-level rise, coastal erosion and riverine flooding. After acquiring URS and Hunt Construction Group in 2014, AECOM's annual revenues for the year ending September 30, 2015 were $18 billion.

PwC for integrating GHG mitigation and climate change adaptation and resilience into its client services, growth strategy and thought leadership. One of the largest global professional services companies, PwC provides consulting and advisory services to large clients around climate and disaster resilience, carbon markets, low-carbon energy, climate-smart agriculture, sustainable development and other topics. The firm's international sustainability and climate change practice includes over 700 specialists. In its 2015 Global Annual Review, PwC highlighted "Climate Change and Resource Scarcity" as one of five megatrends "shaping and disrupting the global economic landscape and society."

PwC is driving the global conversation about climate risk in business and public policy, and it works with financial services and insurance clients demonstrating how and why climate risk should be more integrated into investment and insurance portfolios. In 2015, PwC was engaged again as the independent reviewer for ClimateWise, for whom it analyzed the climate risk management performance of participating insurance companies. And PwC executives spoke at the New York Climate Summit in support of the 1-in-100 initiative that would "provide new and robust climate related information for investors, corporates, governments, rating agencies, and dare I say it, regulators," according to PwC's Malcolm Preston.

Also in 2015, PwC published its seventh Low Carbon Economy Index in 2015, evaluating the emissions reductions trajectories embodied in the national commitments that ultimately became part of the Paris agreement. PwC's analysis indicates that the aggregate national commitments will achieve less than half of the annual emissions reductions needed to limit global average temperature increases to 2° C. It also estimated that China and the EU alone will invest $700 billion a year to achieve their decarbonisation goals.

Multinational professional services firm PwC reported global revenues of $35.4 billion for its financial year ending 30 June 2015.