Air Quality & Environment

DECC opens bidding process for onshore shale gas licences

Posted by Dr Mark Broomfield, Specialist Consultant on 28 July 2014

\"\"[[sitetree_link id=1832]#markbroomfield]The UK government is launching the 14th Onshore (Landward) Oil and Gas Licensing Round today (28 July 2014). During the round interested parties can bid for licenses that grant the right to apply for permission to carry out drilling for oil and gas on specific parcels of land.

Environmental risk assessment of shale gas operations – what does the new guidance say?

Posted by Dr Mark Broomfield, Specialist Consultant on 8 May 2014

I’m very pleased to see new guidance published by DECC on the environmental risk assessment (ERA) of shale gas operations.  The guidance is available on the DECC website here.[https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-the-preparation-of-an-environmental-risk-assessment-of-shale-gas-operations-in-great-britain-involving-the-use-of-hydraulic-fracturing]

Air Quality in China – Change is Happening

Posted by Geoff Dollard, Practice Director: Air & Environmental Quality on 6 May 2014

Just recently under the auspices of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and in collaboration with the US Environment Defence Fund, I was invited to an air pollution prevention workshop in Beijing. The workshop formed part of eight days of intensive training for city mayors within the Beijing area.

Take Care in the Easter Sunshine

Posted by Paul Willis, Knowledge Leader for Air Quality on 17 April 2014

After months of rain and flooding in the United Kingdom, and the recent high air pollution warnings, surely we can all now finally get outside in safety and enjoy the long awaited pleasant weather?

#SaharaDust – Keeping people informed of the risks

Posted by Paul Willis, Knowledge Leader for Air Quality on 2 April 2014

Today’s top news story on the BBC and across many British newspapers is the poor air quality across many parts of the UK, principally England and Wales, and the arrival of Saharan dust, which has reportedly covered the PM’s car.

Around Scotland, unconventionally

Posted by Mark Broomfield, Consultant on 2 April 2014

I travelled around Scotland last week and was privileged to attend and speak at two contrasting conferences on unconventional gas and oil.

Harbin: The frozen city

Posted by Mark Broomfield – specialist consultant, Ricardo-AEA on 30 October 2013

Harbin was closed down last week because of high levels of air pollution – or “choking smog” according to Reuters.

To frack, or not to frack: that is the question

Posted by Mark Broomfield – specialist consultant, Ricardo-AEA on 15 October 2013

If you wanted to come up with a way to undermine a burgeoning industry, you couldn’t do much better than the term “fracking”. In the voice of a mining engineer, it can sound as if the shale gas industry is intent on riding roughshod over community worries and concerns. Meanwhile, on protestors’ placards, a well-placed “frack” lends itself to sound-bites and images on TV bulletins and newspapers worldwide.

Expert witness support on contentious planning case

Posted by Scott Hamilton on 21 August 2013

Mark Broomfield and I (from Ricardo-AEA’s Air and Environmental Quality team) were recently called upon to contribute to a public inquiry into a proposed Energy from Waste (EfW) plant in Perth. Perth & Kinross Council is a long standing client of Ricardo-AEA and in the autumn of 2012 the Council came to us to seek expert witness support on this contentious planning case which was heading to a public inquiry.

Preparing for consumer interest in the nitrogen cycle

Posted by Jeremy Wiltshire, Principal Consultant on 16 August 2013

*It has been estimated that the increase in crop yields from the use of Nitrogen (N) in fertilisers currently provides food for half the world’s population.*

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