International consortium led by Ricardo Energy & Environment wins place on European framework

An international consortium led by Ricardo Energy & Environment has been selected for a major European Commission air quality framework agreement worth around four million euros.

The four-year framework, for the Environment Directorate-General, will provide the commission with specialist support to help evaluate, implement and further develop Europe’s air quality policies.

Although Europe has improved its air quality in recent decades and emissions of many pollutants have been curbed successfully, particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and ozone pollution in particular continue to pose serious risks to the health of Europeans.

The work carried out under the framework will analyse air quality management options at local, national and European levels including assessments of the costs and benefits.

“We’re very pleased that our consortium has won a place on this framework,” said Ricardo Energy & Environment’s air and environmental quality practice director Dr Geoff Dollard. “The consortium includes European partners with relevant and wide-ranging expertise. We look forward to helping improve air quality for citizens across the continent.”

Partners in the Ricardo Energy & Environment-led consortium are: Aether, AMEC, Cambridge Econometrics, Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Regional Environmental Center and Technical University of Madrid.

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Leading environmental consultancy Ricardo Energy & Environment has grown by around 20 percent in Scotland over the past year.
Ricardo Energy & Environment is currently working on a number of projects in Scotland across resource efficiency, carbon management, renewables and air quality. A major area of focus at present is supporting the Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland in moving Scotland towards a zero waste economy and in particular providing support to SMEs to realise the substantial economic benefits available through resource efficiency.
Leadership by the Scottish government in important policy areas such as resource efficiency and the development of the Low Carbon Economic Strategy intends to increase the value of the low carbon goods and services sector to more than 10 percent of the Scottish economy by 2015, creating 60,000 green jobs. The Low Carbon Economic Strategy also aims to encourage Scottish companies to exploit commercial opportunities.
Jamie Pitcairn, director of Ricardo Energy & Environment in Scotland said: “The growth of Ricardo Energy & Environment in Scotland is a direct result of the country’s ambitious targets, supported by the policies and practical leadership of the Scottish government. We look forward to supporting both government agencies and the private sector in realizing the potential for a low carbon Scot