James Spurgeon

James Spurgeon

Natural Capital Consultant

Bench Accredited


Work Experience


Sustain Value

September 2011 - Present

Sustain Value advises businesses on issues relating to biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainability. James’s main focus is on biodiversity and ecosystem services quantification; environmental valuation; emerging environmental markets; sustainability metrics and how businesses can best manage associated risks and opportunities.

Current and recent projects include:

  • Undertaking and providing advice on corporate ecosystem valuation studies to enhance corporate sustainability (for banks, energy, mining, oil and gas, food and technology companies);
  • Developing biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainability valuation, risk and opportunity management tools for several multinationals (in mining, oil and gas and food sectors);
  • Advising on incorporating societal values (i.e. externalities) in corporate reporting;
  • Ecosystem services assessment, biodiversity offset quantification and environmental valuation as part of due diligence and Environmental Impact Assessment for marine (e.g. coral reef) and terrestrial (e.g. forest) habitats associated with a power plant development and oil exploration – to latest IFC PS6;
  • Providing corporate training on IFC PS6 on biodiversity & ecosystem services;
  • Developing guidance and case study analyses for businesses on water-related valuation;
  • Training mining companies on biodiversity and ecosystem services (using a specially adapted version of WBCSD’s Business Ecosystem Training materials).

James is principal author of:

– WBCSD’s ‘Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation’ – WBCSD’s ‘Water Valuation: Building the Business Case’ – WBCSD’s forthcoming ‘Business Guide to Valuing Water’ – IPIECA’s ‘Guide to Ecosystem Services’. For the Oil and Gas Industry

Technical Director - Environmental Economics


September 2007 - August 2011

As a Technical Director – Environmental Economics, James headed the Environmental Economics Team to provide environmental valuation, biodiversity, ecosystem services, socio-economics and sustainability services.

Head of Environmental Economics

Jacobs Babtie

1998 - 2007

James headed the Environmental Economics Team where he developed and managed the team to provide environmental valuation, ecosystem services, socio-economics and sustainability services.

Principal Environmental Economist

Posford Duvivier

1991 - 1997)

James managed and developed the Environmental Economics Team.

Education & Qualifications

Warwick University Business School

MBA - focus on environmental markets and corporate strategy

2002 - 2007

Newcastle University

MSc Coastal Zone Management

1990 - 1991

University of Exeter

BSc (Hons) Zoology

1984 - 1987

About James Spurgeon

James has 20 years experience quantifying and valuing environmental and social impacts related to natural capital and sustainability. He specialises in helping business manage risks and opportunities at a project, product, operations and supply chain level, through developing decision-support tools and determining biodiversity offsets that deliver Net Positive Impacts. James is on the Prince of Wales A4S Integrated Value working group and authored international business guides on ecosystem and water valuation.


Environmental Management

Responsible Investment/ESG

Sustainable Supply Chains

Skills & Expertise

Biodiversity offsetting
Biodiversity water and ecosystems
Cost benefit analysis
Environmental valuation and markets
Natural capital accounting

Current Location