UK Government renews environmental consultancy deal with Ricardo

23 January 2017

The UK Government has reappointed consultancy firm Ricardo Energy & Environment as its National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory agency. The firm is tasked with collecting and compiling air quality data, and presenting in a way that can be easily leveraged by both UK Government department and international bodies - to check if current conditions within the UK meet standards and policy targets, among others.

The UK’s National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI) agency works on behalf of the Department of Business, Environment and Industrial Strategy to collect and compile air quality data on greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions across key UK sectors, including waste, industry, agriculture, forestry and transport. The data points collected are used by the government to evaluate the effectiveness of policy, monitor progress against emissions targets, and safeguard the health and well-being of the UK’s population and the environment.

The world’s increased focus on environmental and health protection, as well as mitigating long-term climate related events, means that key data surrounding the UK’s impact on its local and international environment needs to be actively audited. The NAEI further provides government independent assessments for the UK Government’s commitments to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Paris Agreement and obligations under the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

UK Government reappoints Ricardo Energy & Environment as NAEI

Ricardo Energy & Environment will continue in its role as the independent NAEI provider, having held the role in various forms for more than 20 years. The role will see the firm leverage its expertise to manage, check and present the large volumes of information, derived from various monitoring stations across the UK. The data will be made available to various Government departments in a form that provides an easy way to model air quality and health impacts of the country’s air across national, regional, local or city level.

Sean Christiansen, Ricardo Energy & Environment practice director, remarks that it is an “honour” to be reappointed by the UK Government to the role of National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory Agency. He adds, “The UK’s inventory systems provide a robust evidence base that underpins the national understanding of greenhouse gas and air quality pollutant emissions, helping to track the effectiveness of policy, monitor progress against targets and deliver against numerous reporting obligations. The longevity of our relationship with the government demonstrates the confidence and trust that we have built over the last two decades of service.”

The firm has used its extensive expertise built up during the firm’s more than 20 years in the role to support clients across the globe meet inventory and climate related auditing goals, including in at the country level in Vietnam.


Capgemini provides IT services for BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines

24 April 2019

BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines has confirmed a five-year contract with Capgemini to take over the provision of a spectrum of IT services in the UK. The deal will help BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines reduce the cost of IT from its base in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria.

Since the firm’s UK profits were found to have halved in 2018, Capgemini has been working to improve its offering and attract new clients. In the summer, the global IT services consultancy combined a number of its creative wings to form Capgemini Invent, while a deal with Amazon Web Services enabled the firm to improve its cost-saving digital offering to clients looking for IT outsourcing work.

In the last year, Capgemini has subsequently won a series of contracts leveraging its IT delivery services on behalf of a variety of entities. The firm partnered with Statoil to deliver digital innovation across the company, as well as taking a role to innovate the fan experience of the Rugby World Cup 7s tournament, and replacing Atos as the IT services provider of McDonald’s

Capgemini provides IT services for BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines

Now, the firm has continued this surge of new business with the confirmation of a partnership with BAE Systems, which will see Capgemini collaborate on a key defence contract. Capgemini’s five-year contract with BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines will see Capgemini take over the provision of a spectrum of IT services for the BAE wing in the UK, including service orchestration, networking, hosting, end-user computing, DevOps, reporting and analytics, automation, and a digital service desk.

BAE Systems has been looking to improve its bottom line in the UK in recent years, and the move is aimed at transforming its Maritime-Submarines business IT delivery, allowing the company to take advantage of innovative digital technologies, create better user experiences, ensure high service availability, and reduce the cost of IT, from its base in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria. Capgemini’s IT solution was selected because of its ability to support the company’s evolving requirements, including the need to further enhance the responsiveness of the IT service, and effectiveness and agility of the delivery model.

Stephen Cole, CIO, BAE Systems Submarines, said, “As we embarked on this critical programme for our Submarines business that will deliver improved agile digital services, world-class service transformation and orchestration capabilities underpinned by very strong references were essential in our selection process. We are confident that Capgemini met these requirements and is the right partner for us. The team really understands where we are trying to get to as a business and its collaborative approach alongside its commitment to developing skills in the local area were paramount to our decision.”

Paul Margetts, Managing Director, UK Business Unit at Capgemini, added, “We are delighted to expand upon our business relationship with BAE Systems. Having worked with the company over the past four years, we have seen the tremendous opportunities for change that this programme presents and are hugely excited to be part of the journey at BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines, to help the company make a step change and satisfy new business requirements. We also look forward to increasing our involvement with the local North West community and Barrow in particular.”