Ricardo-AEA plays key role in consortium awarded Scottish Government-funded contract

The consortium – led by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) in partnership with Ricardo-AEA – will provide a new one-stop advice service to help Scottish organisations reduce energy, water and raw materials costs, under this £3 million per year contract awarded by Zero Waste Scotland

The new ‘Resource Efficient Scotland’ advice and support service will go live on 1st April 2013 and will replace Scottish Government business and public sector advice services currently delivered by Zero Waste Scotland, Carbon Trust, EST and Ricardo-AEA. It will be the first time advice on energy, water, materials and waste can be accessed from a single service.

The service which EST and Ricardo-AEA will provide includes free support, training and access to funding to help organisations implement resource efficiency measures. The firms will operate a telephone and web-based advice service, staffed by resource efficiency experts and provide managed support such as on-site consultancy visits.

Jamie Pitcairn, Director of Ricardo-AEA Scotland, said “In my view there’s no doubt that companies seeing the wider resource efficiency picture will really reap the benefits of improved competiveness and business growth. Ricardo-AEA will be providing key skill and knowledge transfer services as well as developing resources to keep businesses engaged and help them identify real savings. As businesses become more competitive, they will help to boost Scotland’s economy so the potential is therefore very exciting. We look forward to supporting the Government, and the public and private sector by realising the goal of a low carbon Scotland.”

Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland, added “We believe bringing together Government-backed advice and support on energy, water, raw materials and waste in this way is a first within Europe. The Scottish Government’s economic strategy recognises the fundamental contribution resource efficiency can make to economic competitiveness – the economies which flourish in the 21st century will be those which prioritise efficiency and green growth.”

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Leading environmental consultancy Ricardo-AEA has grown by around 20 percent in Scotland over the past year.
Ricardo-AEA is currently working on a number of projects in Scotland across resource efficiency, carbon management, renewables and air quality. A major area of focus at present is supporting the Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland in moving Scotland towards a zero waste economy and in particular providing support to SMEs to realise the substantial economic benefits available through resource efficiency.
Leadership by the Scottish government in important policy areas such as resource efficiency and the development of the Low Carbon Economic Strategy intends to increase the value of the low carbon goods and services sector to more than 10 percent of the Scottish economy by 2015, creating 60,000 green jobs. The Low Carbon Economic Strategy also aims to encourage Scottish companies to exploit commercial opportunities.
Jamie Pitcairn, director of Ricardo-AEA in Scotland said: “The growth of Ricardo-AEA in Scotland is a direct result of the country’s ambitious targets, supported by the policies and practical leadership of the Scottish government. We look forward to supporting both government agencies and the private sector in realizing the potential for a low carbon Scot