What is AERU?

AERU is a dedicated research and consultancy team based in the School of Life and Medical Sciences 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 agricultural and food industries across the UK, Europe and beyond.

AERU was established in 1994 in order to develop the award winning Environmental Management for Agriculture (EMA) software. A semi-formal environmental management system for use in agricultural businesses. 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 industry organisations from around the world. AERU now has a small team of staff whose remit is to assist industry stakeholders with the adoption of best practice techniques so as to benefit both the sustainability of their businesses and the environmental performance of the sector. As such we have considerable experience in areas such as:

  • Developing software and databases for pesticide fate evaluations.
  • GHG emissions, land carbon management and carbon footprints.
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • Environmental impact assessment.
  • Agri-environmental auditing and risk assessment.
  • Policy development and evaluation.
  • Developing software to support agri-environmental management.
  • Development of environmental metrics and indicators.

Whilst our core business remains in agriculture and horticulture, our skills and experience now encompass a much wider field of expertise. This includes regulatory assessment for new chemicals and drugs, material flows and balancing (e.g. in energy, water and waste efficiency assessments), biodiversity and habitat management, ecosystem services, emerging environmental contaminants, environmental and safety assessments for human foods and animals feeds (and additives), database development and management, for example.

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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University of Hertfordshire, 2023.