Resource Efficiency & Waste Management

Developing a business case for landscape scale water management

Posted by Rachel Harris on 12 September 2014

Water management is critical to support economic growth by ensuring the supply of enough water of sufficient quality, and minimizing the impacts of flooding. With changes to the way funding is allocated to water management schemes making the business case is essential to securing funding. Here’s our experience of working with the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership to develop their business case for water management and partnership working.

September… time for RWM and an opportunity to shout loud and proud about the UK waste sector!

Posted by Adam Read, Practice Director on 8 September 2014

I suppose I might be a little odd, but I really look forward to September every year. Yes, September might represent the end of Summer, the return to school and the somewhat unnecessary beginning of Christmas on the British high street, but for me September is a time to celebrate! We are only a few weeks into the new football season and hopes remain high (even for a Tottenham Hotspur fan), it sees the first games in the Arriva Premiership which helps to define my weekends and my mood (for those who don’t know I am a season ticket holder at Northampton Saints), the leaves begin to fall and the British autumn colours begin to warm our hearts, but more importantly it is when the UK waste industry opens its doors, in its full glory, with the 3 day RWM with CIWM Exhibition and Conference at the NEC (Birmingham).

8 of the strangest things we’ve seen thrown away

Posted by Kate Davis, Senior Consultant on 5 September 2014

Have you ever really thought about the items we throw away in the UK? Well our consultants know because they enjoy visiting landfill sites and looking in rubbish bins!

Zero waste week: Reducing our waste

Posted by Kate Davis, Senior Consultant on 29 August 2014

As a leading environmental consultancy who provide advice on waste management on a daily basis, are we as good at reducing our own waste as we are at helping our clients’ reduce theirs?

Water-energy-food nexus of bioenergy and biofuels in the UK

Posted by Aaron Burton, Principal Consultant on 6 August 2014

*What is the water-energy-food nexus?*

Data - not everybody’s cup of tea, but fundamental to good decision-making!

Posted by Adam Read, Practice Director on 5 August 2014

Those that know me won’t be surprised to hear that I am not a details kind of guy. I like the big picture, strategy, vision and the journey; I leave the details up to those with the skills and interests to get me the data I need so I can make better decisions! But at least I appreciate the need for data in all its forms, and the value it adds to my strategy, ad-hoc decision-making and longer term planning, without it I would be doing little more than guessing about new offerings, recruitment, investment etc. And no matter how good your guesses are sooner or later you will get it wrong big time!

Why the UK must tackle its waste ‘infrastructure gap’

Posted by Dr Adam Read, Practice Director on 21 July 2014

Last week Ricardo-AEA supported an important letter written by an industry group to government ministers underlying the need to tackle the ‘infrastructure gap’ for waste facilities and the consequent need for investment, particularly in facilities that handle commercial and industrial (C&I) waste.

Will the new MRF code of practice burden Local Authorities?

Posted by Victoria Hutchin, Senior Consultant on 15 July 2014

In a move to promote higher quality recycling to reduce the use of virgin raw materials, new Material Recovery Facility (MRF) regulations have been brought into force in England.

Driving Forward the Circular Economy - workshop discussions shed light on the issue!

Posted by Adam Read, Practice Director on 25 June 2014

Resource sufficiency, the circular economy and sunshine are things not normally associated with North Yorkshire but yesterday (24 June 2014) they all came together at the 2014 Resource Efficient Business Summit, which was held in the magnificent surroundings of the Rudding Park Hotel near Harrogate.

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