Posted by Kate Davis, Senior Consultant on 29 August 2014As 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?
Posted by Aaron Burton, Principal Consultant on 6 August 2014*What is the water-energy-food nexus?*
Posted by Adam Read, Practice Director on 5 August 2014Those 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!
Posted by Dr Adam Read, Practice Director on 21 July 2014Last 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.
Posted by Victoria Hutchin, Senior Consultant on 15 July 2014In 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.
Posted by Adam Read, Practice Director on 7 July 2014
Posted by Adam Read, Practice Director on 25 June 2014Resource 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.
Posted by Carrie Lorton, Environmental Consultant on 10 June 2014Following on from a Defra Roundtable on the subject, WRAP identified the need to validate the concept of surplus food redistribution from the back of retail stores. WRAP has published a seminal report on the redistribution of surplus food from supermarkets (Food Connection Programme) to charities feeding vulnerable people, which Ricardo-AEA were delighted to research and report back on. We worked closely with FareShare and FoodCycle, looking to capture data on the viability of these food collection schemes and how they could, if possible, be encouraged across the UK.
Posted by Adam Read, Practice Director on 9 June 2014It is 17 years since I was last directly responsible for a local authority recycling service, and much has changed in the intervening years since those heady days of split back vehicles, MRFs and doorstep communications campaigns in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Although I have spent much of the last decade and a half supporting local authorities on recycling service options appraisal, service design, implementation, monitoring and communication campaigns, I am grateful that I am no longer a public sector officer with responsibility for waste and recycling collections today - too much is going on!
Posted by Jamie Pitcairn, Director on 5 June 2014Ricardo-AEA has some interesting work ahead. For example, we are delivering a new Supply Chain Partnership programme for Resource Efficient Scotland (RES) in partnership with Scottish Engineering. I, together with my Resource Efficiency colleagues, will be managing delivery of the programme, which aims to demonstrate the financial and environmental benefits of adopting resource efficient practices within supply chains.