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EU’s CSDDD will drive demand for specialist sustainability skills 

Phased introduction gives companies time, but hard-to-abate sectors and those with complex supply chains need to get started now.

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Climate & carbon

SBTi removes climate pledges of top consultancies before revisiting offsets rule

Consultancies are among those with long-term carbon reduction commitments marked as ‘removed’ from the SBTi dashboard, although an update to its offsets policy could see a reversal of some of these.

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Whole systems approach must underpin sustainable urban development

Reducing carbon emissions from the built environment requires a move away from silo-based carbon counting towards a circular, whole systems approach, or the ‘super cities’ of the future risk being environmental disasters.

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Good prospects for a resurgent Ricardo

The global move to electrification and net zero plus surging growth in demand for consultancy are benefitting Ricardo, under CEO Graham Ritchie.

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Integrating and operationalising your net zero strategy

Many companies that have set ambitious net zero strategies are now finding it difficult to actually embed these strategies throughout their company’s operations, and implement real change. Ricardo's Dr Daniel Strosnider offers tips on how to integrate and operationalise your net zero strategy.

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ESG experts set out steps to sustainable transformation

Leading environmental & sustainability consultants present case studies and recommendations to assist organisations in navigating the complex world of ESG and sustainability integration.

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M&A updates for Ricardo and Tetra Tech

Ricardo acquires Greek energy and environment modelling consultancy, while Tetra Tech seals RPS deal.

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Ricardo surfs on sustainability and global megatrends

Profits and order book of UK-based engineering and sustainability consultancy surge as the world pursues net zero

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Mott MacDonald and Ricardo develop carbon tool for Kenya

Kenya’s energy supply is dominated by renewables but fossil fuels, including coal, continue to produce high emissions.

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Consultancies’ exodus from Russia continues

RSK, SLR and Ricardo among the latest international consultancies to shun Russian business and offer assistance to staff in the impacted region

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Ricardo E&E continues growth journey

Group’s exposure to robust government spending programmes around the world, and technological capabilities born out of its automotive and energy heritage is yielding opportunities in the low carbon arena

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Ricardo advises EU on ambitious ‘Fit for 55’ climate measures

Experts from UK-based consultancy Ricardo advised the EU on formulation of ‘Fit for 55’ policy package launched last week

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EU energy efficiency initiatives save one million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions

Dr Louise Evans, senior consultant from Ricardo, shares the outcomes of the consultancy’s recent review of the impacts, and significant benefits, coming from energy efficiency projects funded by the EU and specifically targeting SMEs

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Ricardo commits to verifiable pledges to reach 2030 climate goal

UK-based consultancy outlines plans for net zero goal through increasing renewable energy use and supporting green initiatives - including work off the back of the government’s £1bn public sector decarbonisation scheme

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Ricardo E&E performs strongly in FY19/20

British environmental and energy consulting outfit sees uptick in demand for net zero and water support services through FY19/20 despite CV-19-related headwinds in second half

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HSE consultancies pivot to tackle coronavirus

Much of the corporate communications in response to the latest COVID-19 outbreak is rightly centred on the gargantuan global health and economic challenges it poses. But some of the businesses operating in the environmental services space have the...

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UK water industry moves closer to 2030 net zero

Major utilities and environmental consultants report on progress and further actions needed for sector to fulfil climate ambitions

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Ricardo E&E helps drive group result in H1

Ricardo Energy & Environment (E&E) provided a 12.2% contribution to the publicly-quoted Ricardo plc group’s revenue total of £192.9m for the half-year ending 31 December 2019, growing by double-digits. But the group warns on the material...

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Ricardo & Eunomia support Bristol’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2030

Bristol City Council published a report last week outlining how it plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, twenty years ahead of the national target. The report was led by the Centre for Sustainable Energy, and supported by consultants Ricardo...

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Ricardo FY19: Energy & Environment a highlight

Good year for E&E - particularly in Australia - offsets challenges elsewhere for London-listed engineering, technology and environmental consultant; as Brexit preparations take into account a 'range of scenarios and disruptions'

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Ricardo acquires Australian environmental planning firm PLC

UK-listed engineering group Ricardo has announced it is to acquire Australian environment, planning and infrastructure advisory group PLC Consulting for approximately A$9.6m (£5.4m), representing its first environmental M&A outside the home...

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EA Business Summit 2019: ESG and the dirty data dilemma

Environment Analyst’s annual summit last week featured provocative calls for environmental leadership, critical assessments into the sector’s ability to maintain future relevance and insights into tomorrow’s big value drivers

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Ricardo forms dedicated offshore wind team

UK engineering, environmental and strategic consultancy Ricardo has revealed its plans to create a dedicated offshore wind team. The new team will service what it sees as a rising demand for consultancy expertise supporting the offshore wind sector,...

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Ricardo supports air pollution alert system

Technical and environmental consultancy Ricardo has been appointed to deliver an air pollution website and alert system for eleven local authorities in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. Ricardo will manage the free alert service, which aims to help...

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Focus on China grows amongst Western firms

Mott MacDonald, Wood and WorleyParsons among those highlighting successes in China

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Mott Mac-led consortium appointed to BEIS energy innovation programme

Mott MacDonald is leading a consortium appointed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to provide technical advisory services for its Energy Innovation Portfolio (EIP), which seeks to accelerate the commercialisation...

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Accelerating the performance of plastic waste recycling

Market Insight: The ban/import restrictions by China (and other potential end-markets) together with growing public awareness provide a strong argument for government and industry to examine the performance of plastic waste recycling in the UK

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Ricardo looks beyond UK as Brexit looms

E&E business sees flat sales in FY18, but increasing demand for government policy and infrastructure support - as well as export opportunities - form focus to help mitigate post-Brexit effects

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Ricardo examines impacts of technologies on EU’s clean transport goals

Commissioned by ePure, the European renewable ethanol association, Ricardo Energy & Environment has delivered a study examining how clean fuels, electric vehicle powertrains and increased vehicle efficiency can combine to support the EU’s...

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Ricardo recognised for emissions reporting by UN

Ricardo Energy & Environment has been recognised for compiling "the most complete emissions inventory" by the United Nations Task Force on Emission Inventories and Projections. The recognition credits Ricardo Energy & Environment’s work as...