• Behavioural aspects of carbon management

    2004 - Chemical manufacture

    This project was partly funded by the Carbon Trust and was a pilot from their carbon management program. The main objective for the project was to learn about how best to address the behavioural aspects of implementing Carbon Management so that interventions intended to reduce carbon emissions were successful. Through interviews and discussions at all levels in the organisation; Andy and colleagues developed a comprehensive change management plan, with specific actions for the short, medium and longer term. Also, Andy developed a framework for a Change Management 'diagnostic' that would allow companies to assess their current culture with regard to Carbon Management, and determine where they want to be and how this can be achieved. The plan and diagnostic were commended for the ease with which they were understood and the assistance they gave to companies implementing Carbon Management.

  • Cost Curves for SOx Abatement

    2004 - DEFRA

    The project involved developing cost curves to show abatement efficiency vs. cost for techniques available for industry to reduce releases of Sulphur-oxide compounds. Andy's role was to collect the data for the refining, steel and quarrying sectors, that fed into the wider project. This included identifying options for abatement and gathering cost and efficiency data. Andy reviewed BREF and BAT notes and talked to industry experts.

  • Environmental due diligence of waste management sites

    2005 - Waste management

    A Waste Authority was planning to tender waste disposal operations under a Private Finance Initiative (PFI). The legal firm carrying out due diligence for the authority had sub-contracted out the environmental aspects. Andy managed a team of consultants to carry out this environmental due diligence audit and co-orientated the report. Working to a tight timetable on a high profile project, this involved auditing 31 waste collection, transfer and recovery sites. The report highlighted potential environmental liabilities, plus some significant health and safety observations.

  • EU Emissions Trading Scheme

    2006 - Oil refineries, environmental

    Thanks to his general knowledge of oil refining activities, Andy was asked to assist in a project for setting emissions benchmark figures for new plant. This involved him searching literature to identify best available techniques for reducing emissions based on energy use and developing simple equations for calculating emissions from process throughput. Working to a tight time-scale he was able to develop benchmarks as required, but also pointing out that they were based on scarce data, which ultimately calls into question the validity of the proposed approach. The results from this work are being used to inform the DTI on administering the EU ETS.