Accenture Acquires Zestgroup to Help Clients Procure a More Sustainable Future
AMSTERDAM–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has acquired Zestgroup, a services firm specializing in energy transitions, net carbon-zero projects and procurement of renewables. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Zestgroup brings deep industry knowledge, project expertise and market regulation experience into helping organizations move to net-zero. These capabilities enhance Accenture’s ability to build more trusted, circular and net-zero value chains while driving social and economic benefits for all stakeholders.
“By combining years of deep industry expertise and capabilities, Zestgroup advances our ability to help clients move faster in achieving their carbon emission objectives,” said Nicole van Det, country managing director of Accenture Netherlands. “A sustainable future relies on organizations moving faster to transition ways of working to those that make greater use of sustainable clean energy sources.”
In fact, the International Energy Agency reports that renewables will soon generate as much electricity as fossil fuels, organizations must move faster to convert existing practices into those that make use of sustainable clean energy sources. Zestgroup supports this transition to sustainable energy sources, such as solar, water, heat, wind and biogas, and helps clients achieve net-zero carbon. The combination of these services with Accenture’s SynOps platform will give Accenture the ability to leverage insights to help clients extract greater value out of existing investments and accelerate their sustainability journey.
“Creating a sustainable future will be defined by those that create value faster and maximize the impact of those investments,” said Manish Sharma, group chief executive of Accenture Operations. “We’re delighted to welcome Zestgroup to our team, adding significant expertise to our procurement business while extending our ability to deliver on our promise to embed sustainability into everything we do and with everyone we work with.”
Headquartered in the Netherlands, Zestgroup brings more than 120 professionals to Accenture Operations, with clients in a variety of sectors and deep expertise across energy transition and reconciliation, supplier market regulations, renewable spending category and project and procurement services. It also provides spend optimization services to help organizations better manage sustainability spend and energy reconciliation services to better optimize claim settlements across the energy value chain.
Ramon van der Wal, chief executive officer of Zestgroup, added: “Growing our business as part of Accenture will translate into new opportunities for our people and our combined expertise will help our clients move faster and smarter as they realize the benefits that emerge from a net-zero journey.”
Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 674,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities. Visit us at accenture.com.
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