Project examples

Defra/DECC’s GHG conversion factors for company reporting

GHG conversion factors were introduced in 2005. Since that time, Ricardo Energy & Environment has supported the UK Government in managing and updating the factors, which are published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The GHG conversion factors provide robust UK-centric default emission factors developed according to the best available information and methodologies.

These factors are used as the basis for calculations on GHG emissions for company reporting by national and international organisations. In addition, we authored the guidance on measuring and reporting GHG emissions from freight transport operations, which provides users with information on best practice, including options for improving data quality and calculation accuracy.

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Delivering UK accreditation of Good Quality Combined Heat and Power schemes

The Combined Heat and Power Quality Assurance (CHPQA) programme is a robust and auditable accreditation methodology for assessing, certifying and monitoring Good Quality Combined Heat and Power (CHP) schemes, covering all types of technologies, fuels and sizes. Ricardo Energy & Environment developed and implemented this flagship programme on behalf of the United Kingdom Government from the initial concept through the various stages of consultation to the creation of the assessment methodology criteria and now manages it on behalf of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Read more…

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Helping European cities adapt to climate change

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. During the development of this strategy, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate Action contracted a consortium led by Ricardo Energy & Environment to raise awareness of the need for cities to adapt to climate change and provide a pilot training and capacity programme for cities selected across Europe. Read more…

Working with Citi to enable climate change action

The leading global banking group Citi - ranked by Bloomberg in 2013 as the world’s greenest bank - is committed to directing US $50 billion towards initiatives aimed at addressing climate change through the commercialisation and growth of alternative energy and clean technology in markets around the world. Ricardo Energy & Environment was appointed by Citi to apply its climate change strategy expertise to inform and support the internal climate council and implementation of a client event on alternative energy finance. Read more...

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Assessing the performance and risks of tidal energy turbines in Scotland

Tidal energy is one of the new alternative technologies being developed to replace the use of fossil fuels and to help to ensure energy security in the future. Scotland’s largest tidal array development has been commissioned in the Pentland Firth, between Orkney and the Scottish mainland, and as a central part of the project, Scottish Enterprise commissioned Ricardo Energy & Environment to carry out due diligence and a risk assessment to assist potential investment decisions. Read more…

South Africa Climate Change Response Monitoring & Evaluation System

Ricardo Energy & Environment designed a comprehensive approach for tracking South Africa’s climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, as well as the support provided for such actions. The project team made recommendations on the design elements and phased implementation of the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system, which is now being taken forward by the South African Government. The system will provide information on the impacts and effectiveness of mitigation and adaptation actions in South Africa to facilitate the transition to a low-carbon and resilient South Africa. 

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Climate Negotiator Training for LDCs

Ricardo Energy & Environment is leading a project funded by CDKN to support negotiators to better navigate international climate change processes (in particular the UNFCCC) and enhance and strengthen their participation, preparation and engagement in climate change negotiations.

We are working with UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research) to deliver a 3 year programme of face-to-face, train the trainer events and e-Learning training to the poorest and most climate vulnerable countries.

Leading the development and monitoring of UK Climate Change Agreements

Climate Change Agreements (CCAs) are a primary part of the United Kingdom’s (UK) energy and climate change policy, aiming to reduce energy demand across all major energy-intensive industry sectors. CCAs commit participants to meet a series of biennial energy reduction targets in return for a significant discount in the UK’s Climate Change Levy energy tax. Since the scheme’s inception in 1999, Ricardo Energy & Environment has provided technical and policy support to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on the development, implementation and monitoring of CCAs. Read more…

Global food manufacturer targets the benefits of renewable energy

A global multi-national food company has set itself a target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2015. Assisting companies and organisations reduce their carbon emissions is a core activity of Ricardo Energy & Environment, which was contracted to assess the suitability of renewable energy technologies across 12 of the company’s UK manufacturing plants. Read more…

Calculating a major retailer’s carbon footprint

For the last 3 years, we have calculated the annual carbon footprint of a major retailer. This involved analysing the year-on-year changes to the footprint, both absolute and in relation to the retailer’s overall business performance and drivers. The extent of the footprint has been widened with the addition of scope 3 emissions from  overseas freight contractors and the acquisition of a European retail brand. The calculation was used as the basis for external communication on environmental performance.

Ricardo Energy & Environment’s experts made an important contribution to the CSR content of the retailer’s annual report and have written its annual submission to the CDP.

CRC audit of major UK telecoms provider

The Environment and Sustainability Manager needed to be sure he had gathered CRC evidence that correctly accounted for his portfolio of data centre installations, mobile phone network, stores and offices.  He was particularly concerned that the evidence met the requirements of the Environment Agency’s evidence pack guidance, as the penalties for inadequate evidence or incorrect reporting are high, and the reputational impacts of incorrect reporting are significant for him.

We carried out a detailed audit of the client’s CRC participation involving key staff interviews, an evidence review and an assessment of the calculations undertaken to determine CRC energy and emissions.

As a result of this audit our client gained a high confidence in the accuracy of his submission, benefited from our recommendations to streamline data assessment, and received an audit certificate to demonstrate scheme compliance to the CRC regulator.

Carbon footprinting services for an international oil and gas company

Since 2008, Ricardo Energy & Environment has provided carbon footprinting and reporting services for an international oil and gas company. This has included the calculation of the company’s annual carbon footprint, and the development of a bespoke data collection and analysis tool. Ricardo Energy & Environment’s expert support has provided the company with the confidence to publicly report on its footprint, helping to maintain its brand image by demonstrating that it understands and is taking responsibility for its emissions. Each year, the results of Ricardo Energy & Environment’s footprint calculations are published in the company’s annual report. In 2012, Ricardo Energy & Environment helped to prepare the company’s annual submission to the CDP.

Compliance management for a large property development company

Our customer was looking for an expert supplier to manage its entire CRC compliance and address any emerging complexities regarding data requirements and the application of scheme rules to its complex property portfolio.

We developed a compliance plan, established a network of data and evidence suppliers across the organisation and managed the processes through the compliance year. Our customer was able to have complete confidence in our expert management of its CRC responsibilities and focus its attention on other key areas of the business.

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. Find out more...

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Data management tool for domestic energy efficiency measures

The domestic housing sector produces around a third of UK carbon dioxide emissions. Local authorities will need to play a central role if the Government’s Low Carbon Transition Plan target to cut emissions from fossil fuels in homes is to be achieved. This can be done by maximising the use of schemes available to promote energy efficiency initiatives. Find out more...

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Biodiversity and climate change in relation to the Natura 2000 network

The Birds Directive and Habitats Directive form the main legal framework for protecting nature and biodiversity in the EU. Their objectives are achieved through the conservation of important sites. Find out more...

CDP 2010 Public Procurement Programme Report

The Carbon Disclosure Project, in partnership with Ricardo Energy & Environment, has published the 2010 Public Procurement Programme Report for the UK Government and the Greater London Authority (GLA) Group. Find out more...

Carbon strategy for global engine manufacturer

Our client had a large and increasing carbon exposure from its participation in the CRC, Climate Change Agreements and the EU Emissions Trading System.

It was looking to understand how this liability would develop given its planned expansion of its asset portfolio and appraise the risks and impacts from potential changes to each of these schemes by UK and EU governments.

We carried out a comprehensive mapping of current and future liabilities, and assessment or potential carbon costs and a regulatory risk assessment to enable the client to plan for future carbon costs, target its energy effiency investment programme where carbon costs are highest and implement a focussed lobbying strategy.

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Development of Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) - Support to the Government of Zambia

The adaptation component of the Zambia’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) Report has been developed as a result of a continuing programme of interaction and consultation by the responsible ministries and departments of the Government of Zambia. The report presents a costings analysis of the adaptation objectives in the INDC Report, and provides a cost comparison/justification by comparison with the adaptation-oriented development objectives covered in other programmes, both existing as well as future initiatives. Read more...

Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) Mid-Term Review

The ESPA Programme’s funders commissioned an independent, external mid-term review (MTR) of the Programme in summer 2013, which was conducted by Ricardo Energy & Environment, with support from University of Leeds. Read more...

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Training and capacity building programme for country climate change negotiators

In 2012 the CDKN Advocacy Fund commissioned Ricardo Energy & Environment and the MDP (Multilateral Diplomacy Programme) of UNITAR to deliver the first two years of a three year programme of training and capacity building for climate change negotiators from developing countries. We were the lead contractor of this project delivering tailored training matching the needs of developing countries in the run up to the Lima and Paris COPs. The workshops aimed to create a more level playing field for government delegations taking part in UNFCCC negotiations. The material prepared covered negotiation skills including: negotiation theory; effective operation within negotiation groups; effective communication (with media, NGOs etc.); negotiation in bilaterals; negotiating on text; operating an effective negotiation team; and how to develop an effective negotiating strategy. Read more...