Nutrient neutrality

Nutrient neutrality has halted development, hitting home builders particularly hard. To achieve the best environmental outcomes from nutrient neutrality, Ricardo's expert provide the strategic approaches needed to deliver long-term, catchment-scale nutrient reductions and support national homebuilding targets.

Providing effective support for managing nutrient neutrality

Determine mitigation feasibility with a strong understanding of NbS and how they can both support nutrient neutrality and provide wider benefits.

Provide the technical assessments to support Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) Appropriate Assessments.

Provide advice and practical assistance on how to calculate nutrient budgets and the nutrient impact of non-residential developments.

Provide strategic advice on how to achieve nutrient neutrality at a catchment-scale and deliver wider environmental benefits using our expert understanding in Natural Capital.

Ability to work with landowners including those in the agricultural sector utilising our professional network of farm advisers.

Nutrient Nutrality

Benefit from expert support

Our experts are ideally placed to advise competently and efficiently on which solutions are likely to be successful relative to development size and location. 

Save on costs and resources

First-time identification and pursuit of the most appropriate and viable nutrient mitigation solution(s) likely to succeed in addressing your key local challenges.

Improve success rate of planning applications

Achieve building targets, while avoiding costly delays to project completion and the risk of projects getting stalled indefinitely.

Better informed decisions

Specialist support from technical experts who can guide you through development of viable strategic plans to deliver nutrient mitigation at the catchment scale.

Supporting relationship development

Supporting you to identify relevant local stakeholders for potential collaboration, whose support can help secure and strengthen long-term mitigation success.

Supporting industry standards

Ricardo developed the nutrient budget calculators on behalf of Natural England to enable developers to quantify the nutrient mitigation required for a new residential development.

Nutrient neutrality


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Discover the latest insights

Nutrient neutrality webinar series

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British Toxicology Society Annual Congress 2024

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Ricardo supports Natural England to help ensure better health for our rivers and wildlife through updated nutrient neutrality calculators

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Nutrient neutrality Resources

Applying Nature-based Solutions for nutrient neutrality and wider benefits

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Nutrient neutrality: addressing the mitigation challenge

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Mandatory biodiversity net gain targets in England: a tool to identify opportunity areas

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Nutrient neutrality: Red tape producer or blue riband of water environments?

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Jenny Mant

Jenny Mant

Associate Director

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