About us

Who we are

We are world experts in environmental data analysis and interpretation. Aether is at the forefront of greenhouse gas (GHG) and air quality emissions calculation and review, in international, national and local authority markets. We are respected internationally for our niche expertise in this area.  We are based in Oxford.

What we do

Our talented team of consultants use their knowledge and experience of sourcing, analysing and interpreting complex environmental data to create bespoke data analysis systems.  We provide solutions for governments, local authorities, international organisations and property developers.  

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Markets

We serve a variety of markets

National
Governments

Emissions inventory compilation, reporting and development

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Cities & Local
Authorities

Carbon emissions and air quality action planning

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International
Organisations

Emissions inventory reviews, training and data analysis

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Property
Developers

Air quality assessments and air pollution monitoring

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Reports

The Future of Road Transport Emissions Regulation in the UK after Brexit

FIA Foundation

October 2018

A report, written for the FIA Foundation by Aether, shows that potential changes to the vehicle emissions regime after Brexit could pose real risks to public health, as well as a loss of access to valuable EU markets for the £4.9bn UK motor industry.

The report, The Future of Road Transport Emissions Regulation in the UK after Brexit, launched on 12 October, examines some potential regulation scenarios and their impact on a post-Brexit Britain. It concludes that the best outcome for public health, the environment and the UK automotive industry, is for the UK to take a strong leadership position in developing new emissions control approaches. However, this position needs to go beyond Ministerial statements and be embedded in legislation.

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Case studies

Category: National governments, Policies and measures, Transparency

Montenegro Climate Change Action MRV System

In cooperation with UNDP through the GEF funded project “Development of Montenegro’s Second BUR”, Aether has been supporting Montenegro in developing a monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system for its climate change mitigation and adaptation actions.

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Category: National governments, Emission inventories, Products, Transparency

Tanzania GHG Inventory, Projections and National System (MRV Portal)

Aether worked with the Vice President’s Office of the United Republic of Tanzania to develop an historical and projected GHG inventory and a sustainable national inventory system. The project delivered a tailored version of our innovative MRV portal. It was guided by high levels of stakeholder consultation and provided training to Tanzanian experts at two workshops.

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Category: International organisations, Emission inventories, Policies and measures

Support to the European Environment Agency

Aether has been providing support to the European Environment Agency under the European Topic Centre of Air and Climate Mitigation since 2014.

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Category: National governments, emission inventories, policies and measures, Products

Support to the States of Jersey on GHG emissions and climate action

Aether’s infographics and reports have encouraged engagement of the public in Jersey with climate change issues. We have supported the States of Jersey Department of the Environment for 3 years across a range of climate related topics.

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Category: National governments, Emission inventories

Irish Environmental Protection Agency

Aether supports the Irish Environmental Protection Agency with the preparation and submission of Ireland's National Emissions Inventory of Greenhouse Gases under the EU Monitoring Mechanism and Air Quality Pollutants under the National Emissions Ceiling Directive.

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Category: National governments, Policies and measures

Luxembourg Climate Action: Stakeholder engagement and reporting Portal

Aether developed an innovative online platform, or Portal, for gathering, analysing and reporting Luxembourg’s climate policies and measures. The Portal acts as a central point for stakeholder engagement and keeps a live master list of national climate actions, with associated impact and cost analysis.

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Category: National governments, Emission inventories, Policies and measures

Emission Inventory Support for Environment Agency of Iceland

Aether is supporting the Environment Agency of Iceland in the compilation of its greenhouse gas and air quality emissions inventories. We are helping to ensure that Iceland’s inventory is robust and of high quality.

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Category: Cities and local authorities, Policies and measures

Oxford Sustainability Index

Aether was appointed to develop a Sustainability Index for Oxford, comparing the city’s performance with others.

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Category: Cities and local authorities, Emission Inventories, Policies and measures

North East Scotland sustainable energy action plan

Aether led the development of the North East Scotland Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) for Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City, Angus and Moray.

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Category: Construction and property developers

Residential AQA, Westbourne Park in London

Aether was commissioned to undertake an air quality assessment, air quality neutral assessment and construction dust assessment for a proposed large residential development on Edenham Way in Westbourne Park in London.

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Category: Construction and property developers

Industrial air quality assessment

Aether was commissioned by Ballymore to undertake an air quality assessment for a proposed energy centre in phase 2 of the development at Royal Wharf in the London borough of Newham.

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Category: Construction and property developers

Air quality monitoring

Aether was commissioned by Berkeley Homes to undertake an air quality assessment for the proposed installation of gas fired boilers at 250 City Road.

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Category: National governments, Emission inventories

Colombia GHG inventory review - IPPU and energy

On the road towards submitting its third national communication, Colombia wanted to make sure that they had a high quality national GHG inventory.

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Category: National governments, Emission inventories

Barbados greenhouse gas emissions inventory

Aether worked with Engain to produce Barbados’ Second National Communications Report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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Category: National governments, Emission inventories

GHG inventory and QA/QC assistance in South Africa

On the road towards establishing a sustainable GHG inventory, Aether assisted South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs to establish a National System for regular GHG estimation, analysis and reporting.

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Category: National governments, Emission inventories

Jamaica GHG inventory review

Aether has been working with the Jamaican Government to compile and improve their national greenhouse gas emissions inventory for their Third National Communication and Biennial Update Report.

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Category: International organisations, Emission inventories, Policies and measures

Support to the European Environment Agency

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Category: National governments, emission inventories, policies and measures, Products

Support to the States of Jersey on GHG emissions and climate action

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Our people

Meet our team

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Chris Dore

Director

Chris leads international capacity building efforts for emissions inventory development with particular expertise in air quality. He is currently the Chair of the UN/ECE’s Taskforce on Emission Inventories and Projections.

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Justin Goodwin

Director

Justin has over 20 years of hands-on practical development and improvement of Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems for greenhouse gas and other air pollutant emission, projections and mitigation actions.

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Melanie Hobson

Director

Melanie Hobson has over 15 years of experience covering a broad range of expertise across air quality pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Katie King

Director

Katie King specialises in carbon emissions accounting and spatial emissions modelling. Katie is Aether’s quality manager and is responsible for compliance with ISO9001.

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Rosie Brook

Consultant

Rosie creates tools to improve the analysis of emissions data and undertakes air quality assessments for property developers. She has skills in database analysis, R and GIS.

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Natalia Choroba

Finance/Office Administrator

Natalia is Aether's Office and Finance Administrator. She supports the company accounting processes and project administration and occasionally she organises company events.

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Richard Claxton

Senior Consultant

Richard has experience in emission inventory compilation and is a qualified greenhouse gas inventory reviewer under the UNFCCC (waste sector and generalist).

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Gabi Colling

Office Manager

Gabi has oversees project administration processes, staff resourcing and our quality processes. She has over 20 years’ experience in operations and customer service management.

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Richard German

Senior Consultant

Richard’s main expertise lies in developing efficient systems to manipulate and quality assure data, and in producing innovative analysis and visualisations to communicate results.

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Mark Gibbs

Principal Consultant

Mark is an expert in industrial emissions reporting. He worked for 12 years with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. Currently he supports the European Environment Agency on E-PRTR and IED reporting.

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Kathryn Hampshire

Consultant

Kathryn has experience in compiling emission inventories for the UK Devolved Administrations, the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies and in Ireland.

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Kirsten May

Consultant

Kirsten has a keen interest in geographical information systems and their application to greenhouse gas emissions and air quality data.

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Laurence Opie

Consultant

Laurence supports a variety of projects across the Aether portfolio including developing MRV systems for countries and supporting the EEA in industrial emission reporting structures

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Sophie Prew

Bid co-ordinator

Sophie supports the Aether team by co-ordinating sales activities and proposal preparation.

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Alison Pridmore

Principal Consultant

Alison has over fifteen years' experience relating to transport and sustainable development. Alison’s specialism is transport issues relating to climate change and air quality.

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Emma Salisbury

Senior Consultant

Emma has broad experience in emission inventory compilation, national systems support and capacity building. Emma is a highly proficient project manager with international experience.

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Beatriz Sanchez

Senior Consultant

Beatriz is a specialist in agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) and air quality and GHG emissions, and is a qualified UNFCCC expert reviewer for the Agriculture sector.

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Tim Williamson

Principal Consultant

Tim’s main expertise is in finding pragmatic, evidence based solutions to environmental problems. Most of his career has been spent at the evidence-policy interface in local and national government and at a respected NGO.

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Katrina Young

Senior Consultant

Katrina specialises in climate policy, emission inventory compilation and analysis of environmental data. Katrina has managed UK and international projects, including the coordination of work across multiple collaborator organisations.

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News

Latest news

Posted on: 04 December 2018

Aether in Antigua

Aether has been appointed by the Department of Environment in Antigua to provide mitigation expertise to assist with the preparation of the first BUR for Anitgua and Barbuda.

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Posted on: 12 November 2018

Working at Umhverfisstofnun, Iceland

Rosie has spent two weeks working in Iceland with the inventory team at Umhverfisstofnun (Icelandic Environment Agency).

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Posted on: 30 October 2018

Stakeholder workshop in eSwatini

Laurence Opie and Tim Williamson spent a week in eSwatini facilitating stakeholder workshops to develop an MRV transparency system.

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Posted on: 15 October 2018

Webinar: MRV Systems and Database

Aether are presenting a webinar on 1st November hosted by UNDP and the Global Support Programme (GSP). The webinar will cover support available to develop sustainable long-term Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems for gathering, managing and reporting climate action data.

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Testimonials

Don't just take our word for it...

“Aether's approach to couple innovative visualisation with high expertise manpower delivered valuable insights for our inventory work.”

Umweltbundesamt (Germany)

“Both the face-to-face training and the online version have been of high quality, with dynamic methods and a practical orientation that have allowed students to reach a solid knowledge base. The products have been delivered within the stipulated deadlines with an excellent quality and the team has always shown willingness to make adjustments according to the requirements of CONAF. We are very satisfied with the work. ”

Javier Cano Martín, Professional Unit for Climate Change and Environmental Services, CONAF (National Forestry Corporation), Chile

“Chris was excellent to work with and always very pro active in making suggestions, taking work forward and applying his considerable technical knowledge in effective ways.”

Robert Vaughan, Defra Air Quality Team

“The Aether team were a joy to work with and I would recommend the consultancy - the service provided throughout the process was exceptional. Where there were problems, they provided solutions. The team were working to very short time scales but were able to deliver a high quality piece of work within the specified time frame.”

Sefton Council - for the Merseyside Atmospheric Emissions Inventory

“The Aether team were a joy to work with and I would recommend the consultancy - the service provided throughout the process was exceptional.”

Clare Bayley, Defra

Clients

Defra EEA Keep Scotland Beautiful Kier States of Jersey TFEIP Aberdeenshire Council Aberdeen City Council Bowmer & Kirkland Environment Agency of Iceland Weston Homes Oxfordshire CC Berkeley Oxford City Council

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