Posted by Simon Gandy on 25 March 2015Although carbon league tables for local authorities (LAs) have been around for a while, they have not assessed the performance of the full waste service, focusing just on recycling and composting. This partial picture does not demonstrate the contributions (both positive and negative) that waste treatment technologies can make. For the first time, our new league table brings together information for the whole of the UK and for all local authority waste. The results are surprising.
Posted by Alan Mercer, Sciencewise Programme Manager on 26 February 2015Thursday 26 February saw the publication of the much awaited report from the House of Commons - Science and Technology Committee on advanced genetic techniques for crop improvement: regulation, risk and precaution. This high profile committee has received evidence, both written and verbal from a wide range of stakeholders and interested parties. In addition to a detailed assessment of the scientific evidence relating to genetically modified crops, it is very pleasing to see how the Committee has recognised the importance of a more productive conversation with the public about what we, as a society, want from our food supply and what sort of agriculture we would like that supply to be based upon.
Posted by Mark Ramsey, Principal Consultant on 25 February 2015The Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction process for renewable energy generators is reaching a critical point and successful applicants should know the outcome tomorrow (26 February 2015).
Posted by Adam Read, Practice Director on 4 February 2015I am fortunate that my role enables me to take on interesting assignments for a wide array of clients, and whilst finalising the new integrated waste strategy for Riyadh this month I have had the opportunity to work for 2 private sector clients who asked me to ‘horizon scan’ over the next 50 years and consider the likely impact of some key ‘issues’ on the sector we call waste management. This has been timely because this year mark’s Ricardo’s centenary, and, as part of this celebration, senior leaders within the company have been developing an industry presentation summarising the big issues for the company in the last 100 years and the biggest opportunities in the next 50. Of course I was asked to brainstorm the world of resources and waste. For this blog, I will leave my horizon scanning to the next decade or so, a turbulent time with clashing policy, environmental, social and economic agendas, which should be full of opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs with the right mind-set and a longer term strategic view.
Posted by Simon Pow, Principal Consultant on 2 February 2015Mining is one of the Armenia’s most important, and arguably exciting, industries and activity has progressively increased since the mid-1990s placing the existing environmental policy/regulatory framework under considerable stress. The sector is fast growing and dynamic, but what controls are needed to place it onto a sustainable development footing?
Posted by Lorna Pannett on 12 January 2015TEEP assessments Local authorities and waste collection companies across the UK are currently grappling with the implications of new ‘TEEP’ legislation which came into force on 1st January 2015. The legislation requires every waste collection authority in England to undertake a TEEP (technically, environmentally and economically practical) assessment to determine if key materials (paper, metal, plastic and glass) need to be separately collected in their area.
Posted by Adam Read, Practice Director on 24 December 2014The waste consultancy business at Ricardo-AEA has had a varied and exciting year. We’ve travelled around the world from South Africa, to Egypt and from South America to Thailand; supported investors and waste management companies with treatment solutions, collections tendering and business case creation; done waste and packaging audits at pet shops and stone processing facilities; given presentations at conferences and exhibitions both at home and abroad; whilst delivering a portfolio of new training and embracing new technology to offer webinars, record videos and engage with our clients.
Posted by SarahJane Widdowson on 22 December 2014Earlier this month it was Charity Christmas jumper day at Ricardo-AEA and staff, keen to get into the Christmas spirit and raise money for a good cause, dug out their best and brightest jumpers to wear on the day.
Posted by Adam Read on 27 November 2014Is Egypt really making the progress it so desperately needs on its resource and waste management agendas? I report back on my recent 5 days visit to Cairo, where a lack of master planning, budget concerns, and a reliance on international finance and technical support is limiting local progress...
Posted by Lorna Pannett on 25 November 2014TEEP (technically, environmentally and economically practicable) is the topic on everyone’s lips at the moment and not unsurprisingly. New legislation coming into force in January requires everyone in the UK that currently collects waste or is a waste collection authority, to have given serious consideration to whether separately collecting metal, paper, cans and glass would move treatment of their waste up the waste hierarchy or improve recovery. In considering the issue, if the answer is “yes, separate collection would improve performance” and it is practical, it must be undertaken. In addition, everyone currently collecting such waste must have evidence to show that they have considered the issue and have recorded the conclusions.