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Consultant - Heat Decarbonisation

  • Role type
  • Full time

  • Location/s
  • Flexible, UK

Job Description

Ricardo Energy & Environment is a leading sustainability consultancy combining energy, climate change, environmental and waste expertise with strong IT and economics capability. Operating across the world, we work in partnership with our customers to help transform the way they work, empowering business leaders with award winning consultancy advice. With unrivalled sector insight and a reputation for producing innovative solutions, we offer a stimulating and rewarding environment in which to work.

Heat accounts for ~37% of the total UK carbon emissions and the decarbonisation of heat is the greatest challenge facing the UK (and beyond) in its transition to a net zero carbon economy. Compared to the expansion of renewable electricity and transport, the delivery of low carbon heat has a greater number of technological, infrastructure, economic, consumer and market barriers to overcome. These challenges also represent opportunities – from improving the quality of building stock, transitioning to alternative energy sources, investment in infrastructure and heat networks, and the development of innovative technologies and fuel uses.


Our Heat Decarbonisation team
Within the Sustainable Infrastructure and Operations business unit, we have a dedicated Heat Decarbonisation team, comprising a 30-strong team of engineers, consultants and project managers.

This team is at the forefront of delivering heat decarbonisation solutions in the UK and internationally, from working with governments to develop policy, to implementation of low carbon heat solutions in the public and private sectors. As the demand for our services grow, we are seeking to further grow our team and are looking for excellent consultants to add value to our team.



We are seeking an experienced consultant to join the Heat Decarbonisation business area, who is passionate and knowledgeable in renewable heat solutions. You'll be part of an established team in delivering projects to clients, with plenty of opportunity to develop your own work streams and progress your career within the team. You will have proven renewable heat experience, excellent numeracy and analytical skills gained from a scientific or engineering background, strong writing and communication skills, a proactive, organised approach and a commitment to producing high quality work with a high level of attention to detail. The role will involve technical project delivery across the different sectors that we work in, and you may have a particular focus in one or more of these areas:

Heat and Buildings – decarbonisation of the existing built environment through fabric and energy efficiency measures.
Industrial heat – working with energy intensive industries to decarbonise their processes
Bioenergy and CCUS – a key decarbonisation option with potential for greenhouse gas removals and negative emissions


The role will also involve working on our flag-ship government auditing programmes (CHPQA and Renewable Heat Incentive) in addition to working across a diverse range of projects for our private and public sector clients.


The role and key responsibilities
• Undertake data analysis of heating systems
• Undertake desk and site-based audits of renewable heating and CHP systems
• Helping develop strategies to decarbonise existing built estates
• Modelling of low carbon heating solutions
• Produce high-quality, client-focused reports as part of project delivery
• Plan and develop projects, working with senior consulting colleagues
• Supporting team leaders in preparing tenders and proposals for new work
• Contribute to proposals for winning new work
• Join the broader Sustainable Infrastructure and Operations practice, network with colleagues, and engage other internal project opportunities


Skills and knowledge
• Knowledge of renewable heat technologies and systems and policies
• Awareness and understanding of heat decarbonisation as part of net zero
• Data analysis and experience of applying these to energy and heat projects
• Ability to plan, prioritise and manage workload


• A Bachelors (2.1 or above) or Masters, in an engineering, renewable energy or physical science subject
• Proven Energy consultancy experience, ideally minimum of 2-3 years
• A high level of numeracy and numerical analysis
• A professional and diligent approach
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
• Be flexible, proactive, resilient and enthusiastic
• Be able to work independently and demonstrate initiative, as well as operate effectively as part of a team


You will need to hold a Full UK Driving license for this position, as the post will include UK travel.