Ramboll has been working with Highways England since 2006 on sustainability and environmental performance improvement. Tasks have addressed carbon, climate change, sustainability reporting, noise, air quality, water quality, flooding, biodiversity and heritage.
Our work has contributed significantly to improving the sustainability impact of the Highways England organisation as well as its 7,000 km road network. Much of our advice has involved developing innovative solutions to understand and manage the impacts of the design and construction of highway improvement projects, as well as the operation and maintenance of the highway network.
Highways England engages us to work alongside them to continuously develop bespoke solutions that address the unique requirements of managing the UK’s most important road network.
Carbon accounting and management tools
We have developed tools that are used by all of Highways England’s supply chain focusing on moving the carbon agenda from one of carbon counting to carbon management.
- The Carbon emissions calculation tool calculates carbon emissions for operational, construction and maintenance activities undertaken on behalf of Highways England.
- Our team has also worked with Highways England to analyse and forecast its corporate carbon emissions and developed a methodology to measure emissions from vehicles using its road network.
We provided detailed analysis of sustainability impacts with a focus on quantitatively valuing positive and negative impacts using the five capitals model. Read more on 'Measuring the sustainability impacts of Highways England'.
Low-carbon, energy-generating barriers
We designed noise barriers that use low embodied carbon materials and incorporate photo-voltaic energy generation. Our design solution offers significant structural engineering benefits beyond those of traditional barriers.
Action plan development
We authored and managed the Highways England Environment Strategy and action plans.
By researching best practice in environmental performance metrics, we are developing a suite of metrics to be used from 2020 onwards.
We produced a guide for the application of social marketing techniques to influence the behaviour of Highways England customers and staff.
Fund development and management
We worked alongside Highways England to develop and manage the £300M Environment Designated Fund.