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Anthesis Group Expands into Scotland with a New Edinburgh Office

September 7, 2021 | News,

Anthesis is pleased to announce the opening of its new office located in the heart of Edinburgh. The expansion of its UK operations into Scotland provides locally based market-leading sustainability expertise to Scottish-based businesses and the public sector. Anthesis Edinburgh will include specialists focusing on sustainable strategies, life cycle analysis, circular economy, supply chain management, sustainable agriculture, and the transition to net-zero, in addition to the full breadth of sustainability services offered from its 750 global colleagues.

The opening of the new office comes at an important time for Scotland, ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, hosted in Glasgow in November. With Scotland planning to reach net-zero by 2045, ahead of the UK’s target of 2050, Anthesis is poised to drive the rapid change needed across the private and public sector, building on its established local presence with clients such as Peel NRE with their investment in plastics recycling, and Diageo.

Commenting on the opening of the Edinburgh office, UK Managing Director Brad Blundell said, “Scotland has already set very ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, with significant progress seen in areas such as renewable energy. Our new office in Edinburgh shows our commitment to the country, and its businesses and government, building on the support we’ve always provided but from other locations. It will also open opportunities for us to access new talent, building on our solid colleague base by extending local networks and engaging with key academic institutions.

All eyes will be on Scotland in November as it hosts COP26, the most significant climate change conference since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015; the expected consequence of COP26 is a necessary and renewed focus on ambitions and targets”.

We are pleased to extend our local presence to Scotland where we are confident that our expertise and skills can support Scotland’s drive to be one of the most sustainable countries in the world. I am particularly looking forward to helping Scottish organisations establish more sustainable, ethical and resilient supply chains, and to further embed longer-term sustainability thinking into procurement teams.

Chris Stanley


The Anthesis Edinburgh office will be the base for a team of sustainability consultants, including Anthesis Director, Chris Stanley, and Principal Consultant, Michael Lenaghan. Chris is one of Anthesis’ founder members. With over 35 years of international experience, he is adept at enabling clients to improve business performance through a sustainability focus, reducing costs and environmental impact. He is an expert in sustainability strategy and supply chain management and leads the UK sustainable supply chain practice.

Michael Lenaghan is a leading expert in lifecycle analysis and the circular economy in Scotland. Before joining Anthesis, Michael was Zero Waste Scotland’s Environmental Policy Advisor, where he worked across a wide range of high-impact policy areas including waste and the circular economy, sustainable protein, the bioeconomy, single-use packaging, and industrial decarbonisation. He has also supported many Scottish businesses to measure and reduce their carbon footprints using circular economy solutions.

Michael Lenaghan said “Over the past decade, Scotland has emerged as a sustainability champion and leader, not just in the UK, but globally.  From its world-leading low carbon energy system to its award-winning thought and policy leadership on the circular and bio economies, Scotland is helping lay a path to a more sustainable, prosperous future. Anthesis has come to Scotland because we too like to lead from the front. As the sustainability activator, with an unmatched and uncompromising focus on sustainability, we’re ready to help Scotland, and its public and private sectors, continue to lead the way towards net zero.”

This is Anthesis’ fifth office in the UK, alongside operations in London, Bristol, and Manchester, and Oxford.

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