What is AERU?

AERU is a research and consultancy team based in the School of Life and Medical Science at the University of Hertfordshire. Specialising in agri-environmental science and whole farm sustainability assessments, AERU's general objectives are to encourage sound environmental practices on farms and to enhance the reputation and competitiveness of the UK agricultural and food industry.

AERU was established in 1994 in order to develop the award winning Environmental Management for Agriculture (EMA) software. Since then the Unit has completed a wide variety of research, consultancy and technology transfer projects funded by central and local government, the European Union and UK industry. These include developing software for pesticide fate evaluations, energy efficiency in greenhouses and agri-environmental auditing and risk assessments, policy development, green taxes and primary production assurance. We have undertaken projects for most sectors within the industry including arable, livestock, horticulture and rural development.

AERU now has a small team of staff dedicated to assisting industry stakeholders with the adoption of best practice techniques so as to benefit both the sustainability of their businesses and the environment.

Whilst our core business is agriculture and horticulture, our skills and experience encompass a much wider remit. This includes environmental impact assessment and auditing (previous projects include site assessments, planning and regulatory assessment of new chemicals and drugs), and material flows and balancing (used in energy, water and waste efficiency assessments).

Please contact us if you would like to discuss any projects where you think our skills and services may be applicable.

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