A summary of recent projects involving Environmental Policy Consulting.

Water and Wastewater Investment Needs, OECD (2018)

Lead economist on Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development project to identify the current and future investment needs across Europe in relation to water and wastewater infrastructure. Particular focus on the needs related to climate change.

BEGIN (Blue Green Infrastructure through Social Innovation), European Commission (2018)

Expert economic advice and inputs to INTERREG North Sea Region project running to 2020, including support for City Partners in assessing the social, environmental and economic benefits of projects.

The long term potential for deep reductions in household water demand, Ofwat (2018)

Economic support for a study considering the potential for making deep reductions in household water consumption and water lost from customer supply pipe leaks, up to 2065.

Using Smart Metering to deliver savings for customers, UKWIR  (2018)

Manager of project to understand (a) the extent to which a combined water & energy efficiency domestic retrofit programme, combined with active smart metering of water and energy services, can realise savings and benefits for customers, and (b) the opportunity to leverage the energy smart metering architecture in the UK and Ireland, including (i) communication systems and (ii) data management systems, to realise savings and benefits for customers.

SEEDING (social equality and economic development through the implementation of nature-based solutions and green infrastructures), European Commission (2017)

Horizon 2020 project to regenerate the built environment in 15 cities from 11 countries for greater social equality and economic prosperity, by utilising the wider opportunities that empowerment and ecological systems create to sustain better places for people and ecosystems.

Valuing the benefits of storm overflow improvements, Water UK (2017)

Part of the 21st century drainage programme of work, development of methodology and framework enabling water companies to consistently identify and assess the benefits of different interventions at high frequency CSOs.

SuDS on new developments, Welsh Government (2017)

Director of regulatory impact assessment and supporting evidence relating to the costs and benefits of sustainable drainage on new developments, to inform policy changes on making SuDS mandatory.

Seychelles Integrated Sanitation Masterplan, Public Utilities Corporation of Seychelles (2017)

Provision of economic and financial expertise and support to internationally funded sanitation project, which considers sewage, drainage, stormwater, reuse of sludge and treated effluent. Specific inputs to develop economic and financial cost estimates for range of scenarios, and future tariff structure for the islands.

Natural Flood Management & physical health benefit valuation, Environment Agency (2017)

Development of monetary value estimates relating to (a) the contribution of different types of NFM to flood risk reduction, at the catchment scale, and (b) the physical health benefit of being active in natural environments.

Integrated Water Cycle Management, Southern Water (2017)

Development of benefits assessment framework and tool to support understanding and implementation of innovative IWCM approaches.

A Decision Framework for Integrated Green Grey Infrastructure, NERC (2017)

The key objective of this project is to create a new business model for applying Green Infrastructure principles to hard, linear, non-building infrastructure assets (i.e. greening of overlooked areas like river edges, coastal structures, transport networks and bridges). These surfaces can potentially be greened to provide a suite of social, environmental and economic benefits. This is termed Integrated Green Grey Infrastructure (IGGI).

Implementing GI approaches to river engineering protection measures, NERC (2017)

The objective of this project is to support asset managers, engineers, decision-makers, and other end-users to overcome the existing barriers to select and apply green engineering options for river engineering protection in the fluvial environment. Includes a decision support tool that will take into account the costs and multiple benefits of GI approaches.

Bathing water improvement programme, Southern Water (2016)

Developed and applied framework and process for identifying, assessing and valuing the benefits of improvements at 21 potential bathing water sites.

Support on Disproportionate Costs & Affordability in Relation to Implementation of the WFD, Irish Water (2016)

Preparation of data needed to undertake economic assessments of WFD measures in order to make disproportionate cost and affordability judgements, and alignment of economic analysis tools with Irish Water’s ongoing capital maintenance submission.

Benefits of SuDS Tool (BeST), CIRIA (2016)

Lead economist in development of a new tool supporting the assessment and valuation of the multiple benefits associated with sustainable drainage schemes. The tool is already being widely used by water companies, local authorities, developers and others.

Climate Change Adaptation Report, Thames Water (2015)

Development of the company’s second climate change adaptation report, prepared (though not required) as part of the government’s Adaptation Reporting Power. Specific role to provide economic input to the costs and benefits of different short and long-term adaptation options.

Environmental and Social Costs, Environment Agency, (2015)

Development of guidance to inform a new water environment valuation framework, for the purposes of planning in the water environment.

External Evidence for RBMP2, Environment Agency (2014)

Compilation of additional monetary valuation evidence to support the application of the Agency’s Water Appraisal Guidance. Included identification, review and testing of relevant evidence, including valuation studies undertaken by water companies in England and Wales.

Energy and Carbon Management, Seychelles Resource Efficiency Programme (2014)

Development of marginal abatement cost curves for energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures, part of a major resource efficiency programme in the Seychelles.

Assessing the Benefits of Mine Water Remediation Schemes, Coal Authority (2014)

Provision of a methodology for identifying and assessing the benefits associated with mine water treatment schemes across the UK, along with application of the methodology to two Coal Authority sites.

Renewable Energy in the Water & Wastewater Industry, UK Water Industry Research (2014)

Management of water industry project to develop a compendium of existing and planned renewable energy schemes involving water companies, identifying and modellling factors and success criteria to inform future investment.

Economic Valuation of Groundwater, Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) (2013)

Project to value groundwater in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and provide training on valuing ecosystem services for EAD employees.

Qatar Integrated Drainage Masterplan, Ashghal Public Works Authority (2012)

Economic input to 50-year plan to improve and integrate the foulwater, ground water, surface water and treated sewage effluent in Qatar.

Green Economy Review, European Environment Agency (2012)

Review and analysis of international, national, regional and other assessments on progress towards a green economy across Europe.

Social Cost Benefit Analysis, private client (2011)

Economic appraisal of the environmental and social impacts associated with a major mining development in the Mediterranean region.

UK National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA), Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (2012-13)

Expert reviewer of a follow-on project to the 2011 UK NEA, considering the macroeconomic implications of ecosystem services change and management.

Benefits of water industry research, UK Water Industry Research (2012)

Development and application of framework to identify, assess and value the benefits associated with research undertaken by the water industry in the UK.

Valuing Water, UK Water Industry Research (2012-13)

Management of a major water industry research project to improve understanding of how the value of water varies according to a range of factors and across time and space. The project included the construction and testing of a hydro-economic model.

Assessing the Benefits of Groundwater, Environment Agency of England (2013)

Development of guidance, associated valuation tools and case studies, now being used to assess the benefits of groundwater schemes for the EU Water Framework Directive.

Carbon Strategy, Southern Water (2013)

Preparation and full economic justification of the company’s first carbon strategy, considering and assessing a range of carbon mitigation options.

Surface Water Management Plan, Glasgow City Council (2013)

Economic Impact Assessment to support delivery of the City’s first Surface Water Management Plan.

Monitoring and Evaluation of NIAs, UK Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (2013)

Assessing the social and economic impacts and contributions to well-being of 12 Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs), established by the Department in 2012.

Feasibility Study for a Water and Wastewater Innovation Park in Scotland, Highlands & Islands Enterprise (2012)

Analysis of demand potential for innovation park to develop and test water and wastewater technologies.

Evaluation of the catchment-based approach, UK Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (2012)

Independent review of 25 pilot areas testing new, partnership-based approaches to catchment management. Specific role to monitor and assess value for money of the pilots.

Options for refocusing SIM, UK Water Industry Research (2012)

Managing an industry project to identify whether an alternative measure to the current qualitative SIM (service incentive mechanism), developed by economic regulator Ofwat, would better reflect consumer satisfaction of water and wastewater services.

Water UK Climate Change Adaptation Framework, UK Water Industry Research (2012)

Industry project considering the impacts of climate change and potential adaptation responses in regulatory business planning.

Review of Benefits Assessment Guidance (BAG), Environment Agency of England (2011)

Review of application of the BAG for valuing the environmental and social impacts of water company water resource management schemes and plans.

Sustainability Indicators report, Water UK (2011)

Preparation of report based on submitted data returns from all statutory water and wastewater providers in the UK.

Available Resource and Demand for Abstraction, Environment Agency of England (2011)

Peer review of the methodology, caveats and assumptions used in the Agency’s ‘Available Resource and Demand for Abstraction’ project.

Climate Change impacts on Asset Management, UK Water Industry Research (2011)

Examining impacts of climate change on levels of service and performance provided by the Water Industry caused by an increased rate of asset deterioration.

Integrating Ecosystem Services into CBA, Water Industry Club Project (2011)

Development of a framework for the appropriate use of an ecosystem services approach in cost-benefit analysis (CBA) for investment planning in the water industry.

Disproportionate Cost Analysis, UK Water Industry Research (2011-13)

Application and development of the currently available methodology for Disproportionate Cost Analysis to key problems which will be important in determining the strategic direction for the second round of River Basin Plans under the EU Water Framework Directive.

Guidance on Water Resource Arrangements, Environment Agency of England (2011)

Review of guidance covering the water requirements of Water Resources Management Arrangements and water transfer schemes.

Sustainable Regulation, UK Water Industry Research (2011)

Manager of a major water industry project to review the regulatory regime within which the UK water industry operates and make recommendations aimed at ensuring it is fit for purpose and sustainable in future.

Thames Water Public Inquiry – Expert Witness, Environment Agency of England (2010)

Provision of economic advice to the Environment Agency on the adequacy of the company’s Water Resource Management Plan, and appearance at the inquiry as an expert witness, including cross-examination by Thames Water.