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Worldwide environmental consultancy with experts in energy, waste, air quality, water, environment and chemicals

Ricardo Energy & Environment
Gemini Building
Fermi Avenue
OX11 0QR

UK offices in Harwell, London, Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol and Guildford
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Ricardo’s energy and environment division is internationally renowned for its trusted, forward-thinking consultancy work. We have world-class expertise in waste management, energy, climate change, air quality, water and chemicals.

Ricardo’s senior specialists can provide expert opinion and witness services in commercial and contractual disputes, insurance claims, criminal cases, and public and planning inquiries. Our experienced expert witnesses can provide you and your clients with a comprehensive service and robust expert opinion, founded on our direct experience in regulation, industry and policy. Our experts are supported by more than  550 technical and scientific staff in the Energy and Environment division.

Ricardo’s Energy and Environment division was previously known as AEA Technology, which was established in the 1950s. We have been part of Ricardo plc since 2012, an independent global engineering and technology company.

Leading the UK market, Ricardo’s team of more than 50 waste specialists provide technical, commercial, operational, market and regulatory insight in the waste and resource management sector and waste treatment technologies and infrastructure in particular. We apply our expert knowledge and experience of waste and recycling processes (from feasibility to implementation, through to operations) to commercial and contractual disputes, insurance claims, criminal cases, and public and planning inquiries.
Including those relating to the following:
• energy from waste (EfW) and biomass energy generation technologies;
• combustion (incineration);
• anaerobic digestion (AD);
• advanced conversion technologies (ACT), including gasification, pyrolysis and combination technologies;
• mechanical biological treatment (MBT);
• Composting, including in-vessel composting (IVC);
• materials recovery/recycling facilities (MRF);
• refuse derived fuel (RDF) and solid recovered fuel (SRF) production facilities and export; and
• environmental permitting and compliance with associated waste management and environmental legislation, regulatory guidance and policy.

Ricardo’s experts are instrumental in creating and developing the UK market for renewable energy and CHP technologies and the market incentives. We audit energy schemes and undertake technical due diligence of proposed renewables installations.

We offer air pollution advice to governments and businesses; uniquely giving full policy, advisory and implementation services, from our experts in emissions and odour management, monitoring and abatement. We give investment advice to water utilities and provide expert witnesses for water pollution cases.

Ricardo runs the National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC) supporting the UK emergency services and businesses around the world when chemical incidents occur. We also provide regulatory and compliance advice to the chemicals industry.  Our expert chemists and regulatory specialists can provide expert advice in relation to chemical incidents, minimise negative impacts during an incident (through live telephone advice) and assist with post incident review.  

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