Project Examples

Developing Riyadh’s Air Quality Management Strategy

The Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, is experiencing rapid development in its metropolitan area leading to social and environmental sustainability challenges – including worsening air quality and its associated health impacts. Ricardo Energy & Environment has more than two decades’ experience of successful and focussed service delivery on air quality management and has been chosen by ArRiyadh Development Authority to deliver a consolidated air quality evidence base to support the development of its air quality policy. Read more...

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Adaptation strategies for European Cities

The EU Adaptation Strategy to climate change (launched in April 2013) reinforced the need for stakeholders at the local, regional and national level to participate in the development and implementation of adaptation strategies. Read more...

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SULTAN transport sector emission reduction scenarios for Toyama City

The United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in Tokyo invited consultants to submit proposals for projects that would drive a shift in perceptions, policy and practice in the transition towards a low-carbon economy in Japan’s Toyama City. Ricardo Energy & Environment was successful in securing funding for a project on low-carbon transport planning, with a focus on helping Toyama City achieve significant long-term reductions in GHG emissions from its transport sector. Read more...

Designing a tool to revolutionise energy planning and investment for cities

Ricardo Energy & Environment’s proposal to develop EDIS, the Energy Data Integration Service, was selected as the winner of Innovate UK's funding award to develop a data platform for cities that could identify trends in heat and energy usage. Read more...

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Helping airports and airlines understand environmental impacts to enable future growth

The environmental impacts of aviation (noise, carbon emissions and air quality, etc) are constantly in the spotlight and present considerable challenges to airports and airlines around the world. Key issues for forecasting noise and air emissions at airports are fleet characteristics and how quickly new technologies will be introduced. This information is needed to be able to answer questions for future planning such as what will the aircraft noise and air emissions characteristics be, which types of vehicle will be operating on the surrounding roads, what options will there be for alternative fuels, how can the future impact of these emissions be reduced or which aircraft-engine combinations will be operating at the airport? Read more...

Helping Gibraltar meet its EU air quality obligations

Countries in the European Union are subject to strict reporting measures on air quality to help meet internationally-agreed targets set out in the Kyoto Protocol. These aim to reduce pollution from harmful greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Read more...

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Sustainable Technologies for Zero Waste in Australia

In recent years, South Australia has led the way in waste management reform and resource recovery. It currently has the highest landfill diversion rate of all the Australian states, with much of this progress achieved through its Waste Strategy 2005 – 2010. Zero Waste South Australia (ZWSA) aims to build on this progress in its 2011 – 2015 strategy, which sets further targets for landfill diversion of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), Commercial and Industrial (C&I) waste and Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste. Read nore...

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Developing Adaptation strategies for cities in Turkey

Ricardo Energy & Environment, via the FCO Prosperity Fund, is supporting the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning in implementing its national strategy to adapt to climate change and establish resilient cities by piloting, in the City of Bursa, a programme to build their capacity and skills to develop a city-level climate change adaptation strategy, and to develop a Climate Adaptation Support Package, tailored to the Turkish context, which may be used by the Ministry to guide other cities across Turkey in developing similar adaptation strategies.

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Kent Thameside: An eco-assessment of Europe’s largest regeneration project

Strategically positioned between London and mainland Europe, Kent Thameside is one of the UK’s most exciting regeneration opportunities. By 2026, it is planned that the area will deliver 50,000 new jobs, 25,000 new homes and will have attracted £2 billion of investment. Read more...

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Helping the United Kingdom build strategies to adapt to floods and droughts

The United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is responsible for the National Adaptation Programme (NAP). Defra required a programme of social research to help government in the development of policies and services needed to enable UK resilience to the impacts of the changing climate, such as flooding, heatwaves and water stress. Read more...