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.

Aether is supporting the Environment Agency of Iceland in the compilation of their greenhouse gas and air quality emissions inventories. The framework contract will initially run from 2015 to 2018, helping to ensure that Iceland’s inventory is robust and of high quality (transparent, complete, comparable, consistent and accurate). Within this, Aether is implementing new systems for inventory quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) activities, as well as providing sector reviews of both methods and data. In addition, Aether is working with the Environment Agency to develop a national portal for its climate related measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) activities.

The challenge

Iceland is required to report air pollutant and GHG emissions data, as well as having reporting obligations related to its mitigation and adaptation plans and activities. The Environment Agency identified a need for supplementary expertise to support their team.

2019 marks a significant new challenge as the Environment Agency will be working with the Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources to deliver information on projections and actions related to both greenhouse gases and air pollutants. The Environment Agency is engaging Aether to assist with the design and implementation of a portal to help integrate common stakeholders, documents and data sets.

The solution

Aether specialises in the planning, preparation, management and review of emissions inventories. In addition, Aether has been developing a climate MRV portal for many countries around the world in response to the Enhanced Transparency Framework under Article 13 of the Paris Agreement.

Our team has a wealth of expertise including experts with over 20 years’ experience in this field. As such, we were able to provide the Environment Agency with a highly qualified team of experts to support tasks in preparation of their reporting obligations.

The framework contract approach we have developed with Iceland allows flexibility of support to the Environment Agency, both remotely and through visits to Reykjavik. One of our key aims is to ensure that we transfer skills and knowledge to the people that we work with.

The result

Aether has helped develop and improve the Icelandic emissions inventory. Key to this has been the gradual review and update to inventory sectors including agriculture and waste. Emission inventory outputs such as uncertainty assessment and key category analysis have been updated, and Aether’s experts have been working closely with experts in the Environment Agency to develop in-house capacity.

In the coming year, there will be greater focus on helping Iceland meet its reporting obligations for 2019. Aether will be providing an MRV portal for climate change emission data.  We will work with numerous stakeholders to build data sets on climate and air pollutant actions and projections. These data sets will be critical in allowing Iceland to assess its progress towards climate and air pollutant reduction targets.

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Richard Claxton

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