Underpinning everything we do is the collection of robust evidence. Without this evidence we can not understand where we are to help us plan for a better future. Collecting evidence to support action takes many forms and cuts across all aspects of city life. Ricardo's experts have decades of experience of building evidence bases:
- Monitoring – from air quality monitoring to traffic data and energy consumption statistics;
- Inventory development – covering GHG and air pollutant emissions;
- Modelling and forecasting – using innovative tools and techniques building on the latest knowledge such as our RapidAir pollution modelling system to our Urban Roadmaps sustainable transport planning tool;
- Technical expertise – providing the detailed understanding of what technologies and solutions can deliver whether it is clean vehicle technologies, renewable energy or waste management techniques.
- Air quality planning in Riyadh - in response to the environmental challenges presented by rapid urbanisation of Riyadh, Ricardo is working on behalf of ArRiyadh Development Authority to provide a consolidated air quality evidence base that will support the development of future air quality policy for the city. The work is providing expert analysis and advice underpinned by measurement, inventory and city-scale modelling projects.
- Achieving climate and air quality goals in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region - this project developed an evidence base for the evaluation of targeted pollution reduction measures in selected cities in China. The work provided an appreciation of the factors affecting their air quality, and a list of effective measures for delivering air quality improvements which can be used to define, develop and implement a city-scale air quality action.
- Developing an electric vehicle strategy in Derby – as part of the city’s wider strategy to reduce carbon and air pollutant emissions Ricardo supported Derby in the evidence base behind an EV strategy. The work collected existing information on vehicles and infrastructure, along with a needs analysis and understanding of the local electricity grid to prioritise charging infrastructure investment.