International

The world of waste in Lagos, Africa’s most populous city.

Posted by Mariam Ajadi, Consultant - Resource Efficiency and Waste Management on 9 December 2013

During a recent trip to Lagos, I spent some time looking more closely at my home city’s waste management infrastructure. In 2011, the United Nation estimated the city's population as 11.2 million but this has been recently projected at over twenty million by the Lagos Office of Central Statistics. 

My Major Impact is Not Mine

Posted by Simon Gandy, Principal Consultant - Resource Efficiency and Waste Management on 6 December 2013

In his address last month (5th Nov 2013) to the Friends of the Earth Europe Conference in Brussels, the European Commissioner for Environment, Janez Potočnik, proposed “a material target based on raw material consumption which takes into account the resources used to produce Europe's imports”.

High bills? The cheapest energy is energy we don't use

Posted by Jan Rosenow, Senior Consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment on 28 November 2013

*What’s the world’s most important fuel, as we head into the 21st century? Oil, coal, gas, renewables? A recent International Energy Agency report stated the most important fuel for the future is energy efficiency. This is because the cheapest energy is energy we don’t use.*

Paving the way for climate diplomacy in the heart of Northern Sudan?

Posted by Katherine Cooke, Senior Consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment on 19 November 2013

Earlier this year Ricardo Energy & Environment, for the Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) set about examining a large number of global, regional and national initiatives which support climate change negotiators from developing countries in getting their voices heard at the international talks. With COP19 in Warsaw underway and expectations around the COP20 milestone already mounting, the time is right to consider how effective these negotiation support initiatives have been and how future efforts can be enhanced.

Stronger Voices for Developing Countries in Climate Change Negotiations

Posted by Arani Mylvaganam, Senior Consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment on 18 November 2013

Earlier this year Ricardo Energy & Environment, for the Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) set about examining a large number of global, regional and national initiatives which support climate change negotiators from developing countries in getting their voices heard at the international talks. With COP19 in Warsaw underway and expectations around the COP20 milestone already mounting, the time is right to consider how effective these negotiation support initiatives have been and how future efforts can be enhanced.

China: can climate change action ride on the coat tails of smog prevention?

Posted by Emelia Holdaway, Principal Consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment on 31 October 2013

Spending a few days in China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, provided much food for thought when news of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report broke last month. What took me to China was, fittingly enough, an invite to speak at a climate change conference. But what actually set me thinking wasn’t so much the conference itself, but experiencing first-hand what it’s like to spend day-after-day breathing in heavy smog. Of course, the underlying major causes of traditional smog and climate change are one and the same: traffic and coal combustion.

Harbin: The frozen city

Posted by Mark Broomfield – specialist consultant, Ricardo Energy & Environment on 30 October 2013

Harbin was closed down last week because of high levels of air pollution – or “choking smog” according to Reuters.

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