Project examples

abstraction
Helping Defra develop the evidence base for water policy reform

The abstraction of surface and ground water has long been important for agriculture and industry and many businesses in the United Kingdom rely on the availability of this virtually free source of water. However, increasing population and economic growth together with changing climate and rainfall patterns have increased pressure on water resources. The UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is working on reforming the water abstraction regime in England and Wales and has appointed Ricardo Energy & Environment to support this move by developing a greater understanding of non-water industry abstraction.Read more…

Surface Water Abstractionv2
Reviewing international water regulations

Many countries rely on the availability of abstracted surface and ground water, which provides an important source of process water, particularly for agriculture and industry. But population growth, economic pressure and the effects of climate change are having an increasing impact on water availability. The United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs commissioned Ricardo Energy & Environment to identify current and future thinking about water abstraction regulations in countries outside the UK and to determine good practice that could be adapted or applied in England and Wales. Read more…

ofgem
Water impacts to support environmental evidence bases for the United Kingdom Gas and Electricity Regulator

Ofgem (The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets) is the United Kingdom agency which manages regulated energy networks for gas and electricity transmission in the UK. With future expansion required to meet changes in demand as well as renewable energy, Ofgem needed to understand the interactions between the energy system and the natural environment, including the environmental impacts, constraints and opportunities associated with the transmission and distribution networks for electricity and gas in the UK. Read more... 

foodndrink
Projecting Water Demand in the Food & Drink Sector to the 2050s

The United Kingdom Government’s Water White Paper, ‘Water for Life’ recognised that a more detailed assessment of water demand was required to cater specifically for the more water-intensive sectors of the economy. Read more...

drought
Helping the United Kingdom build strategies to adapt to floods and droughts

The United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is responsible for the National Adaptation Programme (NAP). Defra required a programme of social research to help government in the development of policies and services needed to enable UK resilience to the impacts of the changing climate, such as flooding, heatwaves and water stress. Read more...

water technology list
The Water Technology List: Helping businesses reap the benefits of Resource Efficiency

The Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECA) scheme, delivered through the Water Technology List (WTL), offers tax relief to businesses investing in water efficient products and technologies.  Since 2003, Ricardo Energy & Environment has worked with Defra to develop, launch and manage the WTL. Find out more...

greengrowth
Making the business case for water management to support growth in Greater Lincolnshire

As part of its remit to secure funding, the Greater Lincolnshire LEP appointed Ricardo Energy & Environment to prepare a business case for water management and flood resilience projects in the area and undertake an analysis of the funding requirements to support and enable ‘green’ growth. Read more...

Cascading Water
Rippleffect: Providing water efficiency advice and training to UK businesses

Water is a vital resource, which is coming under increasing pressure as a result of growing demand as well as from changing rainfall patterns caused by climate change. Some areas of the United Kingdom (UK) are already facing reduced water availability and this is affecting businesses as well as people. To help companies manage this risk, the UK Government’s waste reduction programme, WRAP, has appointed Ricardo Energy & Environment to provide water efficiency advice through the Business Resource Efficiency programme under the banner of the Rippleffect. Read more... 

water conservation
Helping the UK Government to identify actions to promote water conservation in England

The United Kingdom Government produces a Water Conservation Report as part of its duty to promote water conservation and to report on progress to the UK Parliament. Read more...

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Ammonia emissions factors for modern livestock housing and manure management systems

Through its reactions in the atmosphere and subsequent impacts on the terrestrial and aquatic environment, ammonia is a key environmental pollutant. Ammonia contributes directly to acidification, eutrophication and - through conversion into particles in the atmosphere – to climate impacts and potentially direct human health impacts. Read more...

resevoir
Appraisal of policy options to manage pesticides

Pesticides from agricultural production are contributing to pesticide levels found in Drinking Water Protected Areas. This report, undertaken by Ricardo Energy & Environment for Defra, reviews the effectiveness, costs and benefits of a range of measures that could contribute to a reduction in specific pesticides.  Read more...

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UK Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR)

EU law requires member states to provide accessible information to citizens on the state of the environment in relation to social, economic and health trends. This law extends to releases of pollutants to air, land and water, as well as waste transfers. Read more...

water quality
UK Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) multi-vector emission inventories

The Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) multi-vector emission inventories are a long standing Defra project to develop a multi-vector inventory of the persistent pollutants covered under Annex C of the UNEP Stockholm Convention and allow the UK to maintain compliance with the terms of the Convention.

Surface Water Abstractionv2
Reviewing international water regulations

Many countries rely on the availability of abstracted surface and ground water, which provides an important source of process water, particularly for agriculture and industry. But population growth, economic pressure and the effects of climate change are having an increasing impact on water availability. The United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs commissioned Ricardo Energy & Environment to identify current and future thinking about water abstraction regulations in countries outside the UK and to determine good practice that could be adapted or applied in England and Wales. Read more…

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