Sustainability consultancy founded in Yorkshire launches in US

Leeds-based sustainability consultancy, Tunley Environmental, has unveiled ambitious trans-Atlantic expansion plans with the launch of a new company in Chicago.

Tunley founder, 37-year-old entrepreneur Dr Will Beer, said the new US company Tunley Environmental LLC is recruiting now for US scientists to serve and grow the company’s rapidly expanding US client base which represents a third of its $1.6m/£1.3m turnover.

Tunley was founded in Leeds in 2018 and now employs 20 people having grown by 200% in the last year.

Dr Beer said Chicago is “perfect” for the consultancy with its central location, lower cost base than the USA east or west coast as well as its access to science talent at the city’s top universities.

He added: “Tunley is growing in America and the time is right to set up a company here in one of the best cities in America – Chicago.

Dr Will Beer

“Chicago is brilliantly located at the crossroads of America where there is a big demand for our services.

“And we’re already working with a number of major ports on the Great Lakes helping them to decarbonise by applying for funding via Environmental Protection Agency’s $3bn clean ports program.

“We plan to expand that work more broadly across America’s coastal and inland ports. In addition, we want to serve and grow our client base all over the US in key markets like oil and gas and construction.”

“There is a shortage of expertise in sustainability consultancy in the US. It’s very much an emerging but growing sector of the economy kickstarted by the Inflation reduction Act.”

Tunley is working with a variety of US companies to help them to decarbonise and make their operations more sustainable. Its client base includes ports such as Detroit and Indiana.

In April the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority revealed details of an ambitious program – drawn up with Tunley Environmental – to dramatically improve air quality by cutting carbon emissions to net zero by 2040.