Project examples

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Assessing the feasibility and implications of deploying electric vehicles in the USA

The United States Federal Government has set a goal of getting one million Plug-in Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles on the road in the United States by 2015. As a result, the US Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), an agency of the US Department of Transportation, needed to understand the implications of this increase on its mission and programmes.  The US FHWA appointed a team including Ricardo Energy & Environment to carry out a detailed study of the infrastructure for electric vehicles and make practical recommendations on achieving the Federal Government’s aims. Read more...

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Developing transport sector emission reduction scenarios for Toyama City, Japan

The United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in Tokyo invited consultants to submit proposals for projects that would drive a shift in perceptions, policy and practice in the transition towards a low-carbon economy in Japan’s Toyama City.  Ricardo Energy & Environment was successful in securing funding for a project on low-carbon transport planning, with a focus on helping Toyama City achieve significant long-term reductions in GHG emissions from its transport sector. Read more…

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Policy impacts of incentivising ultra-low emission vehicle deployment

The environmental and sustainability campaigning groups, Greenpeace and Transport & Environment (T&E), were concerned that additional incentive mechanisms to encourage the use of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV) in Europe could weaken the 2020 emissions target of 95 gCO2/km for passenger cars. Members of the European Parliament and other special interest groups had made suggestions on how incentive mechanisms for such vehicles could be implemented, but the potential impacts had not been quantified. Read more... 

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Powering ahead: The future of low carbon cars and fuels

The RAC Foundation and the UK Petroleum Industry Association commissioned Ricardo Energy & Environment to examine the relative merits of the major fuels and powertrains in delivering the UK’s greenhouse gas reduction targets over the coming decades. Find out more...

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Opportunities to overcome the barriers to uptake of low emission technologies for each commercial vehicle duty cycle

This report, which we produced for the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, focuses on the key opportunities for overcoming the main barriers to the adoption of carbon reduction technologies in the road freight sector which is responsible for around 7% of the UK’s total CO2 emissions. Find out more...

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Impact of ICT R&D on the large-scale deployment of the electric vehicle

This study analyses European efforts for the application of Information and Communication technologies (ICT) and smart systems in fully electric vehicles (FEVs) to support policy making in this area. Find out more...

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Support on a proposal to address greenhouse gas emissions from shipping

Ricardo Energy & Environment provided technical support to the European Commission in assessing the environmental, social and economic impacts of policy proposals to reduce GHG emissions from the international shipping sector. Find out more...

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An economic assessment of low carbon vehicles

Ricardo Energy & Environment and Cambridge Econometrics carried out a study to assess the economic impact of decarbonising cars and vans. The project was commissioned by the European Climate Foundation and was informed by a core working group of experts in the motor vehicles industry as well as other interested stakeholders. Find out more...

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The implementation of Directive 1999/94/EC relating to the availability of consumer information on fuel economy and CO2 emissions in respect of the marketing of new passenger car

Ricardo Energy & Environment carried out a study for the European Commission to analyse the state of play of the passenger car CO2 labelling Directive in a selection of EU Member States. Find out more...

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A review of the efficiency and cost assumptions for road transport vehicles to 2050

This project was commissioned by the UK Committee on Climate Change to develop assumptions of the fuel efficiency and capital costs for different road transport technologies out to 2050. Find out more...

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Scenarios for the cost effective deployment of biofuels in the transport sector

This project was commissioned by the UK Department for Transport to focus on identifying the most cost effective ways for deploying biofuels to meet key 2020 targets on renewable energy and fuel quality in the transport sector. Find out more...

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Supporting the development of an international standard for aircraft CO2 emissions

Globally, aviation accounts for between 2% and 3% of manmade carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. However, the demand for air travel is growing at about 5% annually, which will lead to a doubling of demand in 15 years. As other sectors (such as power generation, and land and sea transport) have taken action to reduce CO2 emissions, it is evident that measures need to be taken to reduce emissions from aviation or it will become the dominant source of man-made CO2 in the future. Read more...

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Alternative fuels as a means of reducing PM2.5 emissions at airports

Particulate matter (PM) describes the mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets in the air and is emitted during the combustion of solid and liquid fuels, such as in aircraft engines. Their potential for causing health problems is directly linked to the size of the particles. PM2.5, also known as fine particulate matter, describes particles with a diameter that is generally less than 2.5 micrometres (µm). Read more...

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London Heathrow Airport Ltd – sustainability as a business driver

For almost 30 years Ricardo Energy & Environment has been a key adviser to London Heathrow Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world. During this close and successful working relationship, our advice has included: How best to monitor existing air quality levels using air quality analysers and associated website development. Read more...