Managing reputation & risk

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.

 Delivering competitive advantage

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Technical and Commercial Due Diligence

Commercial and technical due diligence: We specialise in DD around technologies such as hydrogen, tidal stream, wave energy, offshore and onshore wind, biomass, solar PV, energy from waste and waste infrastructure. We can also conduct patent searches and reviews to confirm the differentiation of your offering.

This expertise means that we can provide the technical inputs you require to de-risk your investment and provide the evidence to negotiate on valuations and pricing expectations. Outputs typically include business-case evaluation, cash flow and financial modelling (including assessing the policy environment), costs, contracts and demand forecasts.

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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.

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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.

 Improving operational efficiencies

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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.

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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.