Helping our clients solve some of the world’s most complex environmental challenges

Supporting our clients:

Working with governments, public agencies and businesses to address complex environmental challenges and seek sustainable economic solutions.

Understanding your needs:

Helping our clients with their policy, investment and operational decisions and with their practical implementation.

Enhanced value:

Adding more value by helping our clients to maximise their impact, reduce their cost and minimise their risk.


Clients value Ricardo Energy & Environment’s unique expertise, which is supported by over 40 years of heritage dealing with sustainability issues. In particular, clients value our deep understanding of energy and environmental drivers, policy development, technical excellence and the ability to turn challenges into business opportunities. A good way to appreciate the breadth and depth of our services is to look at a selection of our projects from around the world:

Air Quality & Environment

  • Running the UK Government’s national air pollution and GHG inventories, and leading 24/7 delivery of the UK’s National Air Pollution Monitoring Services.
  • Providing air quality monitoring and management systems for cities and governments around the world, from Gibraltar to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • Providing the major hotel group De Vere with air quality assessments to support planning applications, including plans for a new hotel in Edinburgh.

Energy & Climate Change

  • Leading advisor to the UK Government’s Committee on Climate Change. 
  • Supporting governments and agencies such as those in India, South Africa, Kenya and Turkey to develop and implement their own climate change policies.
  • Preparing Europe’s cities for the impacts of climate change and developing best practice on adaptation on behalf of the European Commission.
  • Providing Citigroup with climate finance expertise to inform its Climate Council on alternative energy finance.

Resource Efficiency & Waste Management

  • Leading advisor to the United Kingdom’s largest resource efficiency bodies: WRAP and Zero Waste Scotland.
  • Advising Zero Waste South Australia on waste-to-energy technology 
  • Appointed by the city of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to advise on future waste management strategy.
  • Helping United Kingdom dairy producers to implement centralised anaerobic digestion to meet renewable energy targets.


  • Supporting the United Kingdom's electricity and gas regulator's decision-making by providing a comprehensive evidence base to assess the impacts of new energy transmission and distribution systems upon water quality.
  • Managing the 'Water Technology List', which enables businesses to claim capital allowances on sustainable water investment, on behalf of the United Kingdom's Government.

Sustainable Transport

  • Leading research for the European Commission on the policy framework for reducing GHG emissions in transport and advising on controlling CO2 emissions from cars and vans.
  • Creating a unique analysis tool “SULTAN” to develop transport policy including for Toyama City in Japan.
  • Mapping and analysing major aviation emission trends at some of the world’s largest airports.
  • Developing a carbon strategy for a global engine manufacturer to meet its legislative requirements and future-proof its decision making.

Chemical Risk

  • Our National Chemical Emergency Centre is an integral component of front line emergency response in the United Kingdom.
  • Providing 24/7 chemical emergency response to over 500 companies worldwide, including 50% of the top 100 chemical companies.
  • Our clients access a comprehensive suite of chemical information management and training services