Resource Efficiency & Waste Management

Ricardo Energy & Environment co-host a waste to energy workshop on behalf of the Asian Development Bank

Posted by Adam Read, Practice Director on 10 June 2016

Ricardo Energy & Environment partnered with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to deliver a “deep dive workshop” on Waste to Energy opportunities, barriers and delivery models as part of the bank’s major recent conference ‘the Asia Clean Energy Forum’ ([]).  This invitation for us to work together reflects the growing profile that Ricardo Energy & Environment has within the bank, building on our recent successful work, which has mostly focused on energy networks in Developing Member Countries.

Clean Enviro Summit in Singapore

Posted by Kathryn Warren on 10 June 2016

In just a few weeks I will be jetting out to Singapore to attend the *Clean Enviro Summit*, which will be held on 10-14 July. The focus of the summit is innovative waste management, clean management, environmental technology and recycling solutions for growing cities. The event is held in conjunction with Singapore International Water Week, World Cities Summit, and the Green Growth Business Forum and will be attended by over 20,000 delegates from more than 130 countries.

I can see clearly now!

Posted by Gareth Morton, Principal Consultant on 8 April 2016

Communications design for better accessibility

An inconvenient initiative? Ways to counter contamination

Posted by Gareth Morton, Principal Consultant on 23 March 2016

Recycling is good. Contamination of recycling is bad. That’s pretty simple and you would think people would understand. And yet, contamination is a considerable issue for recycling services up and down the land, and one which sits in the eye of a perfect (and very large) storm.

Introducing three-weekly waste collections? Read this first..

Posted by Brian Mayne, Principal Consultant on 14 March 2016

12 months ago, the CIWM and Ricardo Energy & Environment published a report ‘* Waste on the front line – challenges & opportunities * ’ about the impacts of austerity on the UK’s local authority waste, recycling and street cleansing services. It provided a unique and timely view of how front line waste management services were having to adapt to falling budgets, and the opportunities this was presenting for innovation in service design, delivery and partnering. 

Dreams of recy-chronicity

Posted by Gareth Morton, Principal Consultant on 11 February 2016

There are times when two seemingly random acts come together and assume greater significance, like two pebbles rolling down a hill and setting off an avalanche. This happened to me in a recycling context recently and I await the onset of the avalanche with nervous anticipation as I believe it could have profound effects on society, the economy and waste management. 

Government publishes 11 principles for public engagement: but what does that mean for your business?

Posted by Robin Clarke, Principal Consultant on 8 February 2016

On 14th January 2015 the UK Government updated its consultation Code of Practice, publishing 11 core principles for public engagement. Here, Ricardo Energy & Environment’s Robin Clarke explains what these changes mean for developers and how they can be applied to expedite project development

Waste Data – Could this be the turning point we are hoping for?

Posted by Simone Aplin on 5 February 2016

I am very excited to be speaking at the Associated Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group (APSRG) meeting on Monday 8th February at the launch of the RWM Ambassador’s report on the UK’s waste data. Ricardo Energy & Environment has been working on the report for some time and I spent last summer interviewing a wide range of stakeholders that use and/or collect waste data to gather their thoughts on what we currently have, what they need, and ideas about how data can be improved in terms of quantity and quality.

In, Out, In, Out, Shake it all about – municipal contracts and their future delivery models

Posted by Adam Read on 1 February 2016

The last week or so has seen a great deal of debate from waste management officers, contractors and consultants alike about whether or not insourcing of contracts, bringing them back in-house for delivery direct by an authority, is an opportunity or threat for the sector. This has culminated in a 1 day conference on the ‘re-municipalisation’ hosted in London where the benefits of in-souring were promoted by Liverpool City Council (collection services) and Warwickshire County Council (HWRC operations) whilst the value of the private sector was equally well argued by the likes of Viridor and Biffa, so just what is all the noise about?

Location, location, location

Posted by Stephen Wise, Principal Consultant on 1 February 2016

Over the last five years the waste treatment market landscape has changed from being focussed primarily on municipal waste treatment infrastructure to now having a significant focus on the development of infrastructure to treat commercial and industrial waste. This change has meant that waste operators, develops and funders have had to adapt to different business models that are not underpinned by a single large long term contract for the supply of waste. The market has become more fragmented and has seen the introduction of a wider range of treatment technology including conventional and advanced energy recovery, anaerobic digestion and alternative fuel production. Ricardo Energy & Environment has been at the forefront of developing tools to undertake analysis and provide support to help deliver this new waste treatment infrastructure. *FALCON *– a geographical information system (GIS) database is one such tool already providing valuable support to the market place.

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