Project examples

Circular Economy &  Auditing

Small Businesses Scotlandv2
Helping small businesses in Scotland become more resource-efficient

Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) was established in 2010, bringing together the roles of seven different delivery bodies and programmes working in the waste and resource efficiency sector in Scotland. Envirowise, managed by Ricardo Energy & Environment, was one of these programmes and focused on providing comprehensive support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help them minimise waste and become more resource-efficient. The focus of the new ZWS programme shifted towards ‘light touch’ support for SMEs and required a new ‘self-help’ approach to waste management for small businesses. Read more…

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Driving resource efficiency among small businesses

The Business Resource Efficiency (BRE) programme is managed by the United Kingdom Government’s Waste and Resources Action Programme, WRAP, on behalf of the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. For many years, Ricardo Energy & Environment has provided resource efficiency business support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in England under contract to WRAP, with an annually agreed business plan. Read more…

envirowise
Helping UK businesses to become more resource efficient and cut costs – the Envirowise programme

Envirowise provided free guidance to UK businesses on cost-effective environmental improvements and was one of the world’s largest and longest running resource efficiency programmes. Funded by the UK Governments, it aimed to put the sustainable use of resources at the heart of business,and worked in partnership with other support programmes nationally and regionally. Find out more...

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Supply chain waste minimisation partnerships – Waste review of Bettaveg Ltd

In partnership with WRAP, Ricardo Energy & Environment supported Pret A Manger and Manchester United Football Club to engage with their suppliers, providing free advice and support to reduce waste and cut costs. Read more...

reuse
Re-use plan for Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland – Accelerating re-use activities through stakeholder engagement

WRAP contracted Ricardo Energy & Environment to help develop a re-use plan for Leicestershire that would assist in the development of a financially sustainable re-use sector in Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland. Read more...

Green EU
Developing green public procurement specifications for the European Commission

Each year, European public authorities spend the equivalent of 16% of the EU gross domestic product on the purchase of goods (eg office equipment, building components and transport vehicles) and services (eg buildings maintenance, transport, cleaning, catering and public works). Public procurement can shape production and consumption trends and a significant demand from public authorities for ‘greener’ goods will create or enlarge markets for products and services that have less impact on the environment. By doing so, it will also provide incentives for companies to develop environmental technologies. Find out more...

Johnson Matthey
Delivering a sustainable procurement workshop to senior procurement staff across Johnson Matthey’s business

We have been working with Johnson Matthey (a speciality chemicals company) for a number of years on the development of its carbon management programme, including development of a carbon policy and management strategy. An opportunity for more focused activity on ‘sustainable procurement’- had been identified and was something that would fit well with Johnson Matthey’s broader sustainability programme, which included in-house training and mentoring activities. Find out more...

EU
Developing the evidence base for EU Ecolabel and GPP criteria for water-using product groups

Ricardo Energy & Environment was commissioned by the European Commission Joint Research Centre's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS) to conduct a pilot project to develop a joint evidence base from which EU policy making in the area of water-using products, specifically toilets and urinals, could be developed. Read more...

Waste Operations & Procurement

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Waste and Resources Assessment Tool for the Environment (WRATE) upgrade

Ricardo Energy & Environment’s modelling team was involved in the development and peer review of the original WRATE tool and further helped develop parts of the revised version 2 of the model. Read more...

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Biffa: development of a multi-scenario WRATE model for waste collections

Ricardo Energy & Environment has the one of the largest and most experienced WRATE modelling teams in the UK. Using our wealth of experience with the software, our team developed several scenarios reflecting Biffa’s options for the new service. Read more...

Dorset
Household waste prevention activity in Dorset – Dorset County Council

During the period May 2005 to March 2008, Defra’s Waste and Resources Evidence Programme funded a project to evaluate methods for monitoring and evaluating waste prevention as detailed in the National Research and Waste Forum (NRWF) Household Waste Prevention Toolkit (ie the use of control and pilot areas supported by specific research techniques-using weight-based monitoring, measuring individual campaign activities, and using surveys and focus groups). Find out more...

EndofWasteCompliance
Developing an online tool to help industry assess end-of-waste Quality Protocols

The ability to manufacture quality products from waste has significant potential benefits, including reducing the extraction of virgin raw materials and their associated environmental and financial impacts. End-of-waste Quality Protocols (QPs) define the point at which a material ceases to be waste, providing regulatory clarity and improving market confidence in waste-derived materials. The United Kingdom Environment Agency (EA) commissioned Ricardo Energy & Environment to develop a specification for an end-of-waste assessment e-tool to provide businesses with a template for QP submissions and accompanying guidance. Read more…

Wales
Community engagement training for local authority officers procuring waste treatment facilities – Waste Awareness Wales

Waste management infrastructure delivery is critical if the UK is to meet its own challenging targets and those of the EU in terms of diverting biodegradable municipal solid waste (BMSW) from landfill sites. Historically, one of the critical barriers to the development of new treatment technology facilities has been the reaction of local communities and campaign groups to the proposals. ‘Not in my back yard’ (NIMBY) campaigns have undermined numerous developments in the recent past and it has been widely recognised that active community engagement is critical for the success of waste infrastructure procurement programmes. Find out more...

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Support in procuring waste collection services in the London Borough of Havering

The London Borough of Havering is a waste collection authority offering refuse and recycling collection services to households – services that are key to the Borough’s waste management strategy. The authority wanted to put in place a new collection services contract by August 2014 and commissioned Ricardo Energy & Environment to provide it with support during the procurement process. Read more…

Nairobi
Developing waste strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Ricardo Energy & Environment was commissioned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) on behalf of the Global Methane Initiative to carry out a global review of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in the solid waste management sector. Under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), NAMAs are actions such as strategies, policies or projects that are undertaken to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Read more…

Riyadh
Helping the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh embrace International Best Practices in Waste Management

One fifth of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s population live in the country’s capital, Riyadh, and the population is expected to double to approximately 8.3 million by 2030. Already, the city produces approximately eight million tonnes of waste per year, but existing waste management infrastructure within the city is basic. Open landfill facilities are expected to reach full capacity in approximately 6-7 years. Ricardo Energy & Environment was appointed by the ArRiyadh Development Authority to help develop a waste management strategy for the city. The Strategy will cover a number of sectors and waste streams including Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), Construction and Demolition (C&D) and aspects of Commercial and Industrial (C&I) wastes . Read more

Verdant Group
Investigating contractual relationships - Verdant Group PLC

Local authorities (LAs) in the UK need to set out their agenda for delivering sustainable waste management solutions that comply with increasing national and EU legislation and targets. With these challenges in mind, private sector waste companies (and LAs) need to be more flexible and open to considering different contractual relationships, and evaluating those most appropriate for their local circumstances. Find out more...

wastetransfer
Market research into waste transfer infrastructure

Serco Ltd commissioned Ricardo Energy & Environment to investigate the waste arising in the vicinity of a recently opened waste transfer station in Sandwell. Read more...

Shanks Waste
Providing expertise to help make Shanks Waste Management’s technical bids for local government organic waste treatment successful

Local authorities in the UK are being challenged to collect and process organic wastes (kitchen and garden) in more sustainable ways to help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from landfill sites and redress concerns about climate change. As such, they must let new contracts for the collection of source-segregated food and garden wastes, and procure new treatment infrastructure (eg in-vessel compost units or anaerobic-digestion facilities) to treat this material and generate useful products (eg compost, fertiliser or energy). These contracts rely on private-sector, waste-management companies that have the experience and expertise to design and deliver the necessary services to ensure optimum performance. Find out more...

Thurrock
Technical advisory support for the procurement of seven waste management services – Thurrock Council

Local authorities in the UK have been targeted with meeting higher recycling and landfill-diversion levels over the next 10 years. Effective procurement of the right combination of services and facilities helps ensure that these targets and objectives are delivered and remain affordable. Find out more...

Essex Waste
System design modelling enabling informed and integrated decision - making - the Essex Waste Partnership

Local authorities face great challenges when developing working solutions for waste collection, treatment and disposal. These solutions must be affordable and acceptable to all parties involved, including residents. Waste disposal authorities (WDAs) and waste collection authorities (WCAs) are being encouraged to collaborate in developing a joint decision-making process that will underpin them meeting recycling and biological municipal waste (BMW) diversion targets set by UK and EU governments and will aid them in identifying the best overall solution. Find out more...

Wales WRAP
Separately collected commercial, industrial and agricultural wastes in Wales – WRAP

Historically, there has been a lack of robust and reliable data in relation to commercial and industrial (C&I), and agricultural waste streams in Wales. In 2008, a C&I survey was launched by the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) to obtain details of tonnages of waste produced and its destination. However, the survey failed to capture the ways in which these waste streams are being collected and by whom. WAG recognised this problem and worked with WRAP to improve its baseline information. Find out more...

PFI funding
Development of an outline business case for PFI funding and procurement support for the Essex Waste Partnership

Local authorities in the UK must ensure that they are able to comply with statutory EU waste legislation and targets. Sustainable waste management requires the development of facilities to treat waste that has, historically, been landfilled. Capital funds, delivered through Defra’s Private Finance Initiative
(PFI), provide financial support for the procurement of these facilities. Find out more...

Charnwood
Helping Charnwood Borough Council evaluate environmental services contract tenders and select preferred contractor

Local authorities in the UK must ensure that they are able to comply with statutory UK and EU waste legislation and targets when designing and delivering their waste management services. Periodically (5 to 7 years), waste collection authorities have to let their contract for refuse collection, street cleansing, recycling and associated environmental services, and need to ensure performance improvements while delivering public satisfaction, environmental protection and value for money. Find out more...

West Sussex
Technical adviser for procuring waste management infrastructure and services - West Sussex County Council

Waste management in the UK has undergone a sea change in the past few years as councils come to terms with the challenges of meeting increasingly stringent targets for recycling and reducing dependence on landfill for residual waste disposal. We worked with West Sussex County Council for almost a decade, helping it to modernise its waste management services and facilities to provide cost-effective and long-term solutions to these challenges. Find out more...

Sharing expert knowledge
Sharing expert knowledge on the essentials of waste planning and waste strategy

Local authorities in the UK are being challenged to deliver improved services and challenging new infrastructure to achieve EU and UK targets and to ensure sustainable solutions are embedded in society. To do this, they must fully unders tand the plethora of new legislation, policy and guidance being issued by Government and act upon this in the interests of their communities, stakeholders and people through the development of waste management strategies and achieving the delivery of appropriate facilities through the complexities of the planning system. Find out more...

Helping WRAP
Helping WRAP maximise efforts to reduce waste to landfill by monitoring aggregates recycling capital projects

Since 2001, WRAP has been supporting the reduction of waste sent to landfill by providing grants to businesses seeking to improve or expand their recycling capacity. To secure a grant, applicants must clearly demonstrate that the investment will result in a viable and self-sustaining business. Successful recipients are contracted over a five-year period, with individual ‘Support Agreements’ showing the project aims, capital investment, materials to be recycled and agreed increases in annual outputs over that period. Find out more...

LAWRRD
Improving the modelling of waste management costs and infrastructure - the LAWRRD model

Central Government policymakers need models that help them understand the complex impacts of policy options on the development of waste management infrastructure, material flows, progress against targets (such as diversion of waste from landfill and recycling) and costs for local authorities in England. Previous top-down models for predicting infrastructure needs and costs for managing wastes were flawed because they relied on a baseline of ‘expert’ judgement to predict infrastructure developments. Find out more...

NLWA
Helping procure the best waste management solution for the UK’s second largest waste disposal authority

The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) is the UK's second largest waste disposal authority (WDA) handling 1 million tonnes of municipal solid waste per year. It is 15 years into a 20-year waste treatment and disposal contract with London Waste Limited (LWL), which cannot be extended beyond December 2014. Therefore, NLWA must procure a new contract. The seven North London Authorities have adopted an ambitious North London Joint Waste Management Strategy (NLJWMS) that is consistent with National and Mayor for London waste strategies. Find out more...

Warwickshire
Developing a business case for the collection and treatment of recyclables and biowaste-Warwickshire Waste Partnership

Warwickshire’s waste management strategy was adopted in 2005. It outlined the challenges in the years ahead, including the County’s aim to reach 40-45% recycling and composting by 2009/10. The Warwickshire Waste Partnership (WWP), which is made up of elected Members and Officers from all of the Warwickshire local authorities including the County Council, recognised the need to procure new waste management infrastructure to meet these levels. Find out more...

Warrington
Delivering a locally acceptable and environmentally beneficial waste management strategy - Warrington Borough Council

Local authorities in the UK need to set out their agenda for delivering sustainable waste management solutions and complying with increasingly stringent national and EU legislation and targets. They must do this by including their communities in the decision-making process and by identifying the most appropriate service solutions to deliver. Find out more...

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Waste recycling support for households in Scotland

Local authorities in Scotland face increasing pressure from statutory recycling targets contained in the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan, the Zero Waste Regulations and the landfill tax escalator to divert more waste away from landfill. Against this background, Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) appointed Ricardo Energy & Environment to provide a number of local authorities with communications support so they could effectively implement changes of service to meet the targets and new regulations. Read more…

Newcastle
Undertaking a strategic environmental assessment for Newcastle City Council’s waste management strategy

The European SEA Directive (2001/42/EC) requires a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) to be undertaken for any strategy to asses its impacts on the environment, economy and health of the target area. Newcastle City Council’s waste management strategy determined the direction of how it planned to deal with waste from households and other collected wastes from schools and business, while ensuring it met its targets up to, and beyond, 2020 for recycling and landfill diversion. Find out more...

Medway Council
Developing a municipal waste management strategy including options appraisal and consultation support

Local authorities in the UK need to set out their agenda for delivering sustainable waste management solutions and comply with increasingly stringent national and EU legislation and targets. They must do this by including their communities in the decision-making process and by identifying the most appropriate service solutions to deliver. Medway Council developed a waste strategy in 2005, which sets out a framework for the management of municipal solid waste (MSW) up to 2020 and focused on waste minimisation, recycling and composting. Furthermore, it paved the way for future strategies and contracts that provide an alternative to using landfill sites to dispose of Medway’s waste. Find out more...

Waste Technologies & Due Diligence

Anaerobic digestion
Centralised Anaerobic Digestion in the Dairy Supply Chain

The dairy industry has set itself challenging greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy targets and anaerobic digestion (AD) is recognised as an important component in achieving these objectives. AD is the breakdown of organic material in the absence of oxygen, to produce a methane rich biogas, which can be used to generate electricity and heat and displace fossil fuel use. Find out more...

ZeroWasteSouthAustralia
Identifying sustainable technologies to achieve zero waste in South Australia

In recent years, South Australia has led the way in waste management reform and resource recovery. It currently has the highest landfill diversion rate of all the Australian states, with much of this progress achieved through its Waste Strategy 2005 – 2010. Zero Waste South Australia (ZWSA) aims to build on this progress in its 2011 – 2015 strategy, which sets further targets for landfill diversion of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), Commercial and Industrial (C&I) waste and Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste. Read more…

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New IEA Task 36: Integrating Energy Recovery into Solid Waste Management Systems

In October 2006, IEA Bioenergy approved a three-year work programme on Energy Recovery from Municipal Solid Waste – referred to as Task 36. Ricardo Energy & Environment was appointed as Task Leader. The objective of the task is to maintain a network of participating countries as a forum for information exchange and dissemination. Read more...

 

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Support to Norfolk County Council during planning for the Willows EfW facility, King’s Lynn

Cory Wheelabrator submitted a planning application for a proposed ‘power and recycling centre’ at the Willows Business Park, Saddlebow Industrial Area, near King’s Lynn. The proposed development includes an energy from waste (EfW) facility with a capacity of approximately 275,000 tonnes of waste per year, capable of generating around 24MW of electricity. Read more...

JerseysAshDisposal
Helping develop Jersey’s incinerator ash management policies

Jersey’s new energy from waste (EfW) facility at La Collette near the port of St Helier began full-scale operation in early 2011. The facility can process up to 105,000 tonnes of residual waste per year, which could be expected to produce in the region of 20,000 tonnes of incinerator bottom ash (IBA) and 4,000 tonnes of air pollution control residues (APCr). The separate IBA (deemed non-hazardous) and APCr (hazardous) waste streams from the new facility are disposed in separate, suitably engineered landfill cells at La Collette. Jersey’s Minister for Transport and Technical Services (TTS), assisted by Ricardo Energy & Environment, is committed to investigating all alternative disposal, treatment and recovery options for both waste streams. Read more…

PfizerUK
Landfill closure design and environmental management – Pfizer UK Ltd

The Back Sand Point landfill site has been used by Pfizer for waste disposal since 1953. The company came across three key barriers during site closure and restoration work. Find out more...

Slough
Carrying out a comprehensive review of a closed landfill site for Slough Borough Council

Although Slough Borough Council manages and owns Kennedy Park, a closed landfill site, the day-to-day management, including monitoring, of the site is sub-contracted. Find out more...

Guernsey
Investigating and extinguishing a sub-surface landfill fire – States of Guernsey

In 2005, the first signs of a sub-surface fire were observed at the Mont Cuet landfill site in Guernsey. This was followed by collapses at the site boundary leaving small holes issuing smoke. Find out more...

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Metro Manila solid waste management project

Ricardo Energy & Environment was commissioned by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide technical assistance on the management of solid and medical waste for the region known as Metro Manila in the Philippines. Read more...

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NAMAs in the solid waste management sector – Global Methane Initiative

Ricardo Energy & Environment was commissioned by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on behalf of the Global Methane Initiative to carry out a global review of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in the solid waste management sector. Read more...