Environmental Consulting is often a form of compliance consulting, in which environmental consultants ensure that clients maintain an appropriate measure of compliance with environmental regulations. There are many types of environmental consultants, the two main groups are those who enter the field from the industry side, and those who enter the field from the environmentalist side. Environmental consultants work in a very wide variety of fields. Whether it be providing Construction Services such as Asbestos Hazard Assessments or Lead Hazard Assessments or conducting due dilligence reports for customers to rid them of possible sanctions.
Consultancies may generalise across a wide range of disciplines or specialise in certain areas of environmental consultancy such as waste management. Environmental consultants typically have an undergraduate degree and sometimes even masters degree in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, or other science discipline. Environmental Consultants have deep knowledge on environmental regulations, which they can advise your organisation to help steer clear of possible fines, legal action or misguided transactions.
Some companies are genuinely motivated by concern for the environment, for others, hiring consultants to appear to be “going green” has proven to be a useful marketing tool.