Inventory review

Aether provides highly experienced experts for emissions inventory review panels

Successful national and international action requires transparent and trusted evidence. Such evidence builds confidence, informs negotiations and accelerates efficient and effective action. This evidence can be enhanced using independent review, analysis or assessment activities involving experienced experts. Aether has represented customers in the development and execution of a number of high profile review processes related to greenhouse gas and air pollutant estimation and reporting. 

Aether has provided reviewers for:

  • annual greenhouse gas inventories under the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol
  • the greenhouse gas inventories under the European Effort Sharing Decision
  • Policies and Measures and projections reported by EU Member States under the Monitoring Mechanism Regulation and Parties in their National Communications and Biennial Reports
  • air pollutants under the CLRTAP convention

Aether provides sector experts covering all sectors (Energy, Industrial Processes and Product Use, Agriculture, LULUCF and Waste) and lead reviewers for these panels. Aether is also able to support governments in responding to analysis, assessment and review panel questions. The sections below describe various examples of this review work.

UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol annual inventory reviews

The review of GHG inventories comprises a thorough technical assessment of the inventory and its conformity with the IPCC compilation guidelines and UNFCCC reporting Guidelines. International teams of sectoral inventory experts examine the data, methodologies and procedures used in preparing and reporting the national inventory data. Aether has a team of qualified reviewers able to support and lead expert teams in the review of greenhouse gas inventories.

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Effort Sharing Decision Reviews

Aether has provided key development and technical expertise to the European Commission for the 2012, 2015 and 2016 Effort Sharing Decision reviews. The Effort Sharing Decision establishes binding annual greenhouse gas emission targets for Member States for the period 2013 - 2020 and covers emissions from sectors not included in the EU Emission Trading Scheme, such as transport, buildings, agriculture and waste. Aether staff have supported the European Environment Agency and the European Commission in the design of the ESD review processes and tools and for ensuring the active participation of a team of experienced experts.

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CLRTAP Reviews

Since 2009, Aether has provided lead and technical reviewers to assess the submissions of a number of air quality inventories submitted under the Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) Convention. The technical review process for air quality inventories follows a similar procedure as for greenhouse gas inventories in that there are three progressively more detailed stages of review. The reviews check and assess Parties' data submissions with a view to improving the quality of emissions data and associated information reported to the Convention.

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Bilateral reviews - knowledge sharing and capacity building

Aether provides core organisational and expert services to facilitate customer bilateral and multilateral reviews of enissions inventories.  These reviews include data analysis and assessments, knowledge sharing and capacity building activities.

Aether has a broad range of experienced experts skilled in capacity building and knowledge sharing.  These experts support the European Commission, UNDP and other organisations in delivering focussed and progressive programmes of capacity building including the development of organisational and institutional systems for sustainable data gathering, analysis and reporting of data on greenhouse gases and air pollutants.  Much of this work is focussed on supporting countries in meeting the Paris Agreement commitments, particularly on transparency and in developing sustainable MRV systems for Nationally Determined Contributions.

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Case studies

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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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)

“I must congratulate each of you for your professional and tireless efforts. Let me point out that this has been the 'neatest' in-country review expert review team I have coordinated, and it has been a real pleasure.”

UNFCCC Secretariat

“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

“Aether delivered training workshops and generated learning materials for our SSN members, providing technical content in a manageable and comprehendible format. We particularly benefitted from their extensive knowledge and ability to interpret the needs of our members into the training materials.”

Jennifer Anderson, Sustainable Scotland Network

“Everything went well, and the Centre on Emissions Inventories and Projections especially thank the reviewers for their excellent job.”

National Inventory Review (2009) under the LRTAP Conventionent

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