Future-proofing the northern powerhouse

Future-proofing the northern powerhouse

Future-proofing the Northern Powerhouse
22 February - Bright Building, Manchester Science Park

To celebrate the opening of our new Manchester office, Ricardo will be hosting a workshop on building a resilient and sustainable Northern Powerhouse.

The complimentary workshop has been designed to highlight the opportunities and benefits of implementing innovation, resilience and sustainability in your organisation and projects. The workshop will include keynote presentations and best practice case studies from a range of industry sectors and businesses. It will also provide an opportunity to network with professionals from across the public and private sectors.

You can find the agenda for the workshop below and a registration form at the bottom of the page. Drinks and refreshments will be provided, along with an opportunity to network with speakers and attendees. 

Workshop agenda

16:30 - 16:40  - Introduction by Tim Curtis, Ricardo Energy & Environment managing director

16:40 - 16:55 - Urban Climate Change Resilience​
The workshop will then split into two steams. Delegates are welcome to move between streams after each presentation.

Stream 1

17:00 – 17:15 Sustainable Airport Development​
Peter Mulder

Peter will explain how sustainability principles can be integrated into an airport’s short and long-term planning and provides examples of green initiatives from within the UK.

17:20 – 17:35 - Air quality, HRA and Planning​
Ben Stansfield & Mark Broomfield

The thorny question of "air pollution and in-combination impacts in a post-Wealden world”

As well as ensuring that there are no significant impacts on air quality in existing and proposed Air Quality Management Areas, recent case law makes it essential for development plans to ensure that potential impacts on Natura 2000 habitat sites are robustly assessed, both on their own merits and in combination with other plans and projects. We will outline how we use regional-scale air quality modelling tools to carry out this process, identify any areas where mitigation is needed, deal with in-combination impacts, and work with local authorities to deliver appropriate solutions.

17:40 – 17:55 - Digital Cities
Lee Sims

Focussing on air quality and transport, Lee will demonstrate how we are applying digital technology to enable intelligent decisions to be made at the city level.

18:00 – 18:15 - Sustainable Development Goals and Life Cycle Assessment
Ian Behling & Simon Gandy

Ian will explain how the UN Sustainable Development Goals are driving business change.

Simon will demonstrate through case studies how an LCA can reveal cost/energy savings, andr identify environmental and supply chain vulnerabilities and CSR risks.  

Stream 2

17:00 – 17:15 - Energy Strategy
Paul Maryan

Energy markets are undergoing major change. At the same time, new housebuilding and commercial developments are creating significant opportunities to put in place new models for energy supply that can create a range of local economic and social benefits. Ricardo is at the forefront of implementing these new energy supply models. Paul Maryan will share our experience and give examples of what can be achieved.

17:20 – 17:35 - Waste to Energy
Phil White

Ricardo experts advise investors and developers of waste to energy infrastructure. Phil heads our waste sector due diligence team and will consider whether emerging technologies and the changing political and regulatory environment present the opportunity for disruption.

17:40 – 17:55 - Natural Capital Accounting & Ecosystem Services
Frank Tarkowski & Jenny Mant

Clean water is critical to both human and ecological health. Balancing social, economic and environmental benefits is a critical factor in urban environments from natural flood management, reduction of pollutants into our watercourses and ensuring we have a resilient water supply. We will explain how identifying natural capital gains and ecosystem benefits can support the development of more effective city infrastructure, growth and resilience. 

18:00 – 18:15 - Biodiversity in an Urban Environment 
Lisa Pierce

As one of the most urbanised nations in the world, towns and cities in the UK will continue to play a vital role in either damaging or improving our natural heritage. Many wildlife species have adapted to the urban environment, and others can be encouraged through careful planning and design. The first step is to understand the current biodiversity resource and to identify constraints and risks to biodiversity posed by urban development.

18:20 - 18:30 Close & networking
Daressa Frodsham 

Daressa Frodsham 
Ricardo - Practice Director
Water & Environment 
daressa.frodsham@ricardo.com 

Register your interest / attendance