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Introducing Ricardo Energy & Environment
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Ricardo Energy & Environment works with clients who face complex environmental issues.

With over 400 people, Ricardo Energy & Environment offers clients an exceptional breadth and depth of capability, specialising in:

  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Resource Efficiency and Waste Management
  • Air Quality
  • Sustainable Transport
  • Chemical Risk

This is supported by dedicated teams of experts in data management and economics.

Formed in the late 1990s by the privatisation of major government agencies, our unique heritage has provided us with a deep understanding of energy issues, environmental drivers and policy development. 

A division of Ricardo plc, we work with governments, public bodies and businesses to help them with their policy, investment and operational decisions.  These cover a range of issues from commercial technology selection to international climate actions and national policy development. Our work with clients includes strategy development, decision-making and practical implementation. 

Our clients value the fact that we help maximise efficiency, optimise the use of resources and minimise risk.  We work at the leading edge of our field and provide examples below.

Energy & climate change

Our services cover market mechanisms and trading systems, climate change adaptation, combined heat and power, greenhouse gas inventories, renewable energy, carbon capture and energy efficiency.  Some examples of current and recent projects include:

  • Advising the UK Committee on Climate Change, recommending carbon targets to 2050
  • Compiling the official carbon footprint for UK Government (DECC)
  • Examining international experience with energy saving policies in support of energy efficiency trading system pilots in China
  • Leading the EU Cities Adapt project for the European Commission which developed adaptation strategies for 21 cities across Europe      
  • Providing technical and policy support to the Environment Agency on Climate Change Agreements
  • Running the Combined Heat and Power Quality Assurance programme
  • Advising the European Environment Agency on EU progress against Kyoto Protocol targets

Air quality and environment

Our services include air pollution measurement and assessment, emissions inventory design, air pollution modelling, air quality strategy and evaluation.  Some examples of current and recent projects include:

  • Leading the compilation and delivery of the UK’s National Air Quality Pollutant Inventory and Greenhouse Gas Inventory
  • 24/7 delivery of the UK’s National Air Pollution Forecasting Service
  • Advising over 250 local authorities on air pollution issues
  • Running a three year project to improve air quality in Riyadh
  • Operating national and international air pollution measurement networks (Turkey, Ireland, Gibraltar, Berlin)
  • Studies on shale gas for the European Commission including key areas for consideration in relation to regulatory policy

Resource efficiency and waste management

Our services include resource optimisation, communications and stakeholder engagement, due diligence assessment, resource scarcity, sustainable water management, waste management policy, waste modelling and life-cycle assessment.  Some examples of current and recent projects include:

  • Delivering a comprehensive integrated waste management strategy for the city of Riyadh
  • Supporting Essex and Sussex councils on waste infrastructure design and procurement
  • Projecting demand for water in UK food and drink sector to 2050 for Environment Agency
  • Providing advice to help Scottish organisations reduce energy, water and raw materials costs
  • Developing green public procurement specifications for the European Commission

Sustainable transport

Our services include modelling the future uptake of technologies and fuels for all modes of transport, transport emissions measurement, airport sustainability appraisals and formulating transport policies.  Some examples of current and recent projects include:

  • Developing EU-wide strategy for reducing CO2 emissions from all modes of transport from now to 2050 for European Commission using SULTAN analysis tool
  • Reporting for the RAC Foundation and the UK Petroleum Industry Association on the future take-up of low carbon cars in the UK
  • Lead contributor to ground-breaking Climate Change Act & EU Transport White Paper
  • Advising airport operators and carriers in the UK and US on environmental performance, GHG emissions, air quality and noise

Chemical risk

One of the top three global players in managing chemical risk, our services include chemical emergency response advice, provision of chemical hazard information, safety data sheet management, REACH consultancy and chemical safety training.  Examples of our work include:

  • Managing the UK’s official National Chemical Emergency Centre since 1973
  • 24/7 multilingual chemical risk management to over 500 companies worldwide
  • Serving 50% of the top 100 chemical companies
  • Serving multinational chemical users, transporters, distributors and emergency services
  • Providing chemical management software and information services

Ricardo Energy & Environment worldwide

Our services cover the full range of global environmental challenges including climate change and energy, air quality, resource efficiency and sustainable transport.  Some further examples of current and recent projects include:

  • Producing a monitoring, reporting and verification framework for the Kenyan national climate change plan
  • Identifying the opportunities and challenges associated with waste to energy within the state of South Australia
  • Developing a detailed design roadmap for a greenhouse gas emissions trading system for Chile
  • Identifying policy options to reduce carbon intensity in India
  • Helping South Africa to explore long term decarbonisation pathways in the energy and transport sectors

For more information on Ricardo Energy & Environment or to speak to one of our experts, please contact:-

Trevor Glue
Ricardo Energy & Environment
Tel:      +44 (0)1235 753429