Client services

 Delivering competitive advantage

Sustainability strategy development

In the past, organisations have tended to consider energy, waste and water consumption as
separate, independent issues, thus missing the bigger goal of sustainability.  

Sophisticated businesses are increasingly taking an integrated, strategic approach to sustainability
to protect them and their supply chains against environmental and reputational risk.

Ricardo Energy & Environment’s experts work with businesses and organisations to develop real-world
sustainability strategies and the development of sustainable goods and services.  

We support all aspects of environmental sustainability from board level decision making,
to the practical development and successful implementation of delivery programmes.

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Sustainable Product Development

Ricardo Energy & Environment provides sustainable product development support to business leaders across the UK.
Our services include direct eco-design support for products and packaging, and working with host
companies through their supply chains to realise financial savings through resource efficiency in
design and product development.

Our activities include the development of full impact assessments to demonstrate the
benefits and risks of implementing new European eco-design and eco-labelling legislation
 in the UK.

Market assessment

The transition to a green economy will bring about significant changes across almost all
business activities, creating opportunities for new products and services as well as changing
the nature of current markets.

Ricardo Energy & Environment is uniquely placed to identify the changes in these markets through our understanding
of the environmental policies which shape them, the sectors that will be affected, and the
business opportunities and technological solutions which will be stimulated.

Economic Impact Assessment

Businesses create jobs, generate wealth and contribute to sustainable communities.
Performing an Economic Impact Assessment allows these positive impacts on the local and
national economy to be recognised, as well as supporting the business case for new investment.

Ricardo Energy & Environment’s team of economists has extensive experience in quantifying the economic impacts
of projects, strategies and initiatives across a range of sectors. Coupled with our detailed understanding of the technologies, sectors and industries concerned, we are
well-placed to demonstrate the economic benefits of green business.

Transport technologies

Ricardo Energy & Environment helps clients in the transport industry explore the implications of disruption to
existing business models caused by new technologies and climate policy.

Our expertise covers natural gas, electric, hybrid and biofuels in the road, rail, aviation and
maritime sectors. We have a deep understanding of the transport and climate change policy landscape globally, including regulations on fuel economy, air quality, safety, fuel quality standards and carbon pricing.

To support our work, we use bespoke modelling tools including the Sustainable Transport Model (SULTAN) which we developed to analyse the potential impact of different technologies and policy pathways for all modes of transport

Technical and Commercial Due Diligence

Ricardo Energy & Environment provides due diligence services to investors and decision makers, delivering market, technical and commercial insights.  

Our work supports loan offers, investment choices and grant awards.  We provide insight and analysis and present complex issues, enabling our clients to make clear, informed choices.  

We have decades of experience of overseeing the implementation of renewable energy and energy from waste schemes. We use tried and tested knowledge and proven methodologies for the benefit of our clients.

 Improving operational efficiencies

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Resource scarcity advice

Access and cost efficient access to resources is a growing concern to businesses. Many raw materials are forecast to become increasingly scarce over the next decade due to rising extraction costs, greater consumption, geopolitical restrictions on accessing supplies and regulatory pressures to control use.

Ricardo Energy & Environment helps businesses map and track their resource use and that of their supply chains to assess vulnerabilities, identify mitigation actions and find savings through greater resource-efficiency.

Our understanding of resource flows, policy drivers and practical business solutions means we can help businesses become early movers in order to reduce risks and identify opportunities.


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Resource productivity audits and performance improvement planning

Making the best use of resources such as raw materials, energy, consumables and water is critical to profitable and sustainable business growth.

Efficient resource use reduces operational costs, helps businesses comply with environmental regulations and protects the environment. It also improves business brand and reputation with customers, staff and other stakeholders.

Ricardo Energy & Environment is at the forefront of developing practical advice, implementation tools and systems covering all aspects of resource and waste management and minimisation, water and energy efficiency. We deliver these strategies and provide capacity building and training to clients to ensure sustained performance improvement

Employee engagement & behaviour change

Changing employees’ attitudes and behaviours is crucial to the success of any business change programme.

Ricardo Energy & Environment’s team of behaviour change experts work with businesses of all types to design and deliver programmes that result is material reductions in energy, waste and costs.

Our teams understand the issues and barriers to adopting these behaviours and are able to identify best techniques to engage staff at all levels in achieving lasting improvements in resource efficiency.

Energy demand modelling & management

Ricardo Energy & Environment develops energy demand models for businesses and organisations to evaluate current and future energy requirements and help reduce costs and operational risk. Our expert teams have extensive experience in developing models for governments and local authorities, national bodies, charities and businesses in the UK and beyond.

We provide qualified, highly-skilled energy managers to support organisations in their development of energy management systems and operations. We have particular expertise in working with global manufacturing, food and drink and ICT organisations on complex energy demand projects.

Waste audits and performance improvement planning

Reducing waste saves money helps businesses comply with environmental regulations and contributes to sustainability.

Ricardo Energy & Environment’s team of highly-qualified waste experts carry out environmental audits for clients in single buildings, to those with large, global and diversified real estate portfolios.

We apply recognised best practice techniques to secure operational and performance improvements working with businesses of all types and across all sectors but especially hospitality, food and drink, public sector, healthcare, manufacturing and automotive.

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Low carbon implementation support

Implementing a low carbon project brings new challenges for most businesses in understanding the best technology options and the opportunities and risks in the regulatory and incentive frameworks.

 Ricardo Energy & Environment has more than 20 years’ experience in helping businesses through these issues, either on a specific topic or on the entire process. Our services includes initial review of options, detailed feasibility studies, support to procurement, witnessing commissioning and handover tests, and compliance with regulatory requirements.

Climate Risk and Adaptation

Ricardo Energy & Environment is a world-leading consultancy on climate risk and adaptation, helping organisations improve their resilience to climate-related risks and gain multiple benefits from adaptation.

Our services include awareness-raising and training to build organisational capacity on climate risk and resilience and developing the business case for adaptation. We support climate-resilient decision-making through risk assessments, cost-benefit analysis and options appraisal at whole-enterprise level or in specific business areas. We provide outreach and engagement to help organisations address climate risks in partnership with stakeholders and supply chains.

Low pollution, low carbon transport solutions

Ricardo Energy & Environment’s in-depth understanding of low-carbon and low-polluting transport technologies makes us the partner of choice when seeking to identify areas of focus for the reduction of emissions and cost.

As a recognised market leader in the strategic analysis of sustainable transport solutions, we apply evidence-based analysis to develop informed strategies and action plans that improve the sustainability and cost effectiveness of clients’ vehicles and fleets.

Fuel efficient transport advice

Rising fuel prices can have a significant impact on freight transport operations and profits.

Ricardo Energy & Environment works with companies throughout the freight and haulage industry to address this challenge, providing practical training and advice on best practice and operational efficiency improvements.

Through the UK Government’s Safe And Fuel Efficient Driver training programme (SAFED), Ricardo Energy & Environment experts trained more than 16,000 drivers of HGVs and light commercial vehicles, generating immediate and significant fuel savings for business.

Air quality emissions management and process control

Ricardo Energy & Environment helps industry to save money through improvements in operational efficiency while complying with exacting environmental legislation.

Our Air Quality experts offer leading industry process knowledge, comprehensive regulatory experience and up-to-date understanding of industry-specific compliance requirements.

Our emissions management and control service covers everything from assessment and advice on process changes, to capital investment and business case development support and plant modifications, ensuring that business decisions enhance profitability and limit regulatory risk.

 Managing reputation & risk

Environmental policy advice

All businesses, must fully understand the policy context in which they operate and the impact of possible change in that landscape.  

Managers want to respond faster than their competition if regulatory changes are to be made, and have their voices heard by policy-makers.  

Ricardo Energy & Environment works at the heart of UK and European government and regulation and can help businesses operate in the context of rapidly evolving environmental policy.  Our environmental experts understand the latest policy issues and challenges and can help businesses assess the potential impacts and better prepare for future challenges.

Regulatory compliance, planning and risk management

Responsible businesses take their environmental compliance and risk management obligations very seriously recognising the significant adverse impacts on cost and reputation that poor compliance threatens.

Ricardo Energy & Environment provides a range of services to help organisations meet regulatory obligations or voluntary standards, enabling businesses to deliver today and plan for the future with confidence.

Our services include data management in relation to the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme, the development of frameworks and performance audits to comply with ISO 14001/ ISO 50001, and the calculation and audit of greenhouse gas footprints under the ISO 14064 (Parts 1-3) standard. Additionally we provide specialist expertise in air quality, ecology, water and waste supporting companies through planning applications.

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With brand reputation increasingly linked to environmental performance, businesses and other organisations are under pressure to be open and transparent about their carbon credentials and to consider carefully how these are best communicated.

Ricardo Energy & Environment’s extensive and highly-experienced carbon management team works with its clients to determine greenhouse gas emissions from individual corporate footprints, to those of specific products and across entire value chains including peer benchmarking services.

We provide emission reporting and assurance to inform annual Corporate Responsibility reports, and reduction strategies to improve performance and associated cost savings and penalty avoidance.

Low Carbon Investment Advice

Many businesses are investing in low carbon energy solutions to reduce energy costs, achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, and reduce business risks.

Ricardo Energy & Environment provides expert analysis on the options available and how they perform against investment, regulatory and environmental criteria.

Our advice is based on many years of experience of working on these technologies and the support mechanisms that make them attractive to investment. We have teams of experts covering energy efficiency, bio-energy, combined heat and power, energy from waste, waste infrastructure, water and renewable energy technologies and systems.

Expert Witness Services

Expert witnesses are no longer confined to the judicial courts or witness box.  

Ricardo Energy & Environment’s expert environmental witnesses work with clients’ legal and communications teams, in public and behind the scenes, to deliver robust, evidence based opinion.

We provide expert witnesses in a number of settings including stakeholder engagement events and programmes, exhibitions, public scrutiny, consultation exercises and public meetings, as well as public inquiries and legal proceedings.

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Air Quality Impact Assessment, Measurement and Modelling

With a dedicated team of over 100 consultants specialising in air quality, Ricardo Energy & Environment provides a unique resource to address all air quality permitting and compliance issues.

From emissions monitoring and ambient air quality surveys to dispersion modelling, we have the expertise to provide specialist air quality support to businesses of all sizes.

Our services include assisting with securing planning permission, obtaining operating permits and delivering against legal and environmental obligations.

Chemical Hazard Management

Ricardo Energy & Environment’s National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC) provides expert advice and guidance on how to manage spillages and hazards arising from a chemical incident.

We provide a 24/7 emergency helpline 365 days a year for use by the UK emergency services and for close to 1000 companies making, transporting or using chemicals. We also help the chemical industry comply with regulations affecting the control of hazardous substances.

Our telephone and software emergency response services are recognised as best-in-class globally, enabling cost-effective solutions that reduce business disruption and protect reputations.

NCEC offers a range of products and services related to chemical risk. To see the full list click here.

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Health risk assessment

Robust assessment of risks to health is the first step in managing risks associated with developments such as shale gas exploratory drilling, waste treatment plants, or clean-up and redevelopment of contaminated land. 

Such assessment is vital in understanding the local context and ensuring that robust data on complex health topics is readily accessible to decision-makers.

Ricardo Energy & Environment provides expertise in qualitative and quantitative assessment of environmental health risks, presenting and discussing the issues with both specialists and non-specialists.

Continuous Emissions Monitoring systems (CEMS)

Ricardo Energy & Environment is at the forefront of helping industry deliver cost-effective regulatory compliance in the highly technical and evolving market area of Continuous Emissions Monitoring (CEM) systems.

Ricardo Energy & Environment’s experts offer comprehensive experience of CEMS, system evaluation and emission monitoring, and are fully-conversant with sector-specific regulatory requirements.  

We advise on procurement to ensure fit-for-purpose, cost-effective solutions, calibration and reporting to meet environmental permitting requirements across all sectors.

Specialist Calibration Services

Solid particle counting systems are being widely implemented in the motor industry in advance of ultrafine particle number exhaust emission limits coming into force in September 2014. These new measures will apply across Europe as part of the Euro VI regulations for passenger cars.

Ricardo Energy & Environment provides a mobile calibration service for these systems in cooperation with the system manufacturers.

The mobile service has the significant advantage of minimising system downtime and resulting disruption to very demanding client testing schedules.