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 (EUMM, Decision 280/2004/EC) and Air Quality Pollutants under the National Emissions Ceiling Directive (NECD, Directive 2001/81/EC).

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 (EUMM, Decision 280/2004/EC) and Air Quality Pollutants under the National Emissions Ceiling Directive (NECD, Directive 2001/81/EC). Aether also support the compilation and preparation of the National Air Quality Inventory and associated Informative Inventory Report (IIR) in line with the Convention for Long Range Transfer of Air Pollutants (CLRTAP), as well as the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory and report required by the UNFCCC.

The challenge

Ireland is required to report air emissions data following the reporting schedule in the table below. Considerable resources and expertise are required to meet these reporting needs. The EPA identified a need for supplementary expertise to support their team.

Reporting obligation Submission deadline
EU Monitoring Mechanism Regulation (EU) No. 525/2013 and its Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 749/2014    Annually, January 15th and March 15th (Projections: Biennially, March 15th)
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol  Annually, April 15th
Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP) Annually, February 15th (Projections, Gridded Data, LPS: 4-yearly, 15th March, 1st May, 1st May respectively)
National Emission Ceilings Directive (2001/80/EC)   Annually, December 31st

Ireland is required, under the Monitoring Mechanism Regulation (525/2013), to submit a Greenhouse Gas inventory to the EC. Ireland is also required to submit a greenhouse gas inventory to the UNFCCC. Alongside these submissions, Ireland is required to provide additional information in the form of a National Inventory Report (NIR), a summary of this report (short NIR), a number of reporting templates providing the EC with additional information, and an Informative Inventory Report (IIR) under the CLRTAP.

The solution

Aether specialises in the planning, preparation, management and review of emissions inventories. Our team has a wealth of expertise in the compilation and reporting of AQ pollutant and GHG emission inventories including experts with over 20 years’ experience in this field. As such, we were able to provide the EPA with a highly qualified team of experts to support their compilation tasks. We understand the importance of flexibility and our team was able to provide the EPA with experts that were able to work from their offices in Monaghan alongside Ireland’s experts. We were also able to ensure that these experts were available during the critical periods of inventory compilation. One of our key aims is to ensure that we transfer skills and knowledge to the people that we work with.

The result

For over five years, Aether has provided the EPA with a highly skilled team of inventory experts able to work in-country across the core inventory compilation period. Using our expertise we continue to provide innovative solutions to the inventory development whilst supporting the maintenance of a high quality inventory system. We continue to support Ireland in the efficient and complete reporting of their air emissions inventories. We provide a flexible solution to ensure that the EPA are able to get the support they need when required.

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Emma Salisbury

Senior Consultant

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