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Adam Read

Adam Read

Adam Read 225x225 Practice Director for Waste Management & Resource Eficiency at Ricardo-AEA


Practice Director for Waste, Ricardo Energy & Environment

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Adam Read is Ricardo Energy & Environment’s Global Practice Director responsible for waste management and resource efficiency businesses with 85 technical staff and supporting Governments, Businesses and Organisations on waste audits, strategy development, technology selection, service implementation and reporting. Adam has specialized in waste management policy development, strategic decision-making, behaviour change, procurement and training for the last 19 years, first as a municipal waste management officer, then as a University based researcher, and for the last 12 years as a consultant working globally on waste services and strategies.

Adam has a PhD in waste management decision-making from Kingston University, has an honours degree in Geography from Exeter University, and was awarded an honorary professorship from Northampton University in 2002 for his contribution to waste management research and communications.

Adam has worked with the waste and water sectors on technology options, feedstock assessments, and end market supplies, including market reviews of macerator technologies.

Adam has spoken widely at practical waste management conferences across the globe, including recent high profile events in Dubai, Washington, Sardinia, Cape Town and Sydney. He has also given key note addresses at ISWA, AWMA and Australia’s Zero Waste Conferences. He has authored over 300 articles, 50 in peer review journals, and has delivered in excess of 150 conference presentations in the last decade.


Reflections on Sustainable Resource Management in Developing Economies
April 24, 2019 from our Video Panels Novel approaches to ensure waste management in poorer countries is sustainable.Read More

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April 1, 2015 from our Surveys Please take the 2015 Global Waste Survey to tell us what you want to know or discuss about waste in 2015.Read More

March 5, 2015 from our Blog Inaccessible Expertise

In 2013, I was at World Bank’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to attend a forum on waste management. That day, in a single room, I was surrounded by so many world class experts that I felt I was ... Read More

May 22, 2014 from our Articles, The 2014 Global Dialogue on Waste For climate change mitigation, food waste disposers are better than composting, waste-to-energy and landfilling. Their wider adoption calls for integrated decision making encompassing solid waste management and wastewater.Read More

April 21, 2014 from our The 2014 Global Dialogue on Waste, Video Panels Watch Prof. Adam Read, Dr. Tim Evans and Michael Keleman discuss the relevance and sustainability of food waste disposal units.Read More