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.

Aether has been providing support to the European Environment Agency (EEA) under the European Topic Centre of Air and Climate Mitigation (ETC/ACM) since 2014.  From 2019 Aether continues to provide support under the two new ETCs – the ETC for Climate change Mitigation and Energy and the ETC for Air Pollution, Transport, Noise and Industry - which will run until 2021.

Throughout 2018 Aether completed 17 projects under the European Topic Centre of Air and Climate Mitigation (ETC/ACM), for the European Environment Agency (EEA). These fall into three thematic areas:

  1. Air pollution, transport and noise
  2. Industrial pollution
  3. Climate change mitigation

Some of the highlights of our work across these areas are drawn out here.

Air pollution, transport and noise

TERM report

Aether was responsible for writing the 2018 Transport and Environment Reporting Mechanism (TERM) report. The aims of this report are (1) to bring together existing evidence on the environmental impact of battery electric vehicles across the stages of their life cycle, undertaking where possible comparison with internal combustion engine vehicles, and (2) to consider how a move to a circular economy could reduce these impacts.

Contact Richard German for more information.

Vehicle tax

Aether compiled a comprehensive inventory of taxes and incentives encouraging uptake of low emissions vehicles in Europe, allowing comparisons between member states and over time. This was complemented by detailed case studies exploring the links between incentives and car purchasing behaviour. Click here to view the report.

Contact Richard German for more information.

Analysis of exposure to air pollution and noise

This project analysed how exposure to air and noise pollution varies across Europe, the extent to which this correlates with levels of deprivation and vulnerability, and how this has changed over time. This formed part of a wider EEA initiative to understand inequality in exposure to environmental hazards. The study found that those areas with higher levels of deprivation tend to have greater exposure to particulate matter and ozone pollution, but lower exposure to nitrogen oxides. Exposure to all air pollutants fell between 2005 and 2014 across most of Europe, and those living in socially or economically deprived situations have generally benefited at least as much as those in the least deprived communities. The report will be available shortly from https://acm.eionet.europa.eu/reports.

Contact Richard German for more information.

Industrial pollution

Industry work - LCP and E-PRTR

Aether has been leading work to support the European Commission and the EEA with the streamlining of industrial pollution reporting, an activity that comprises two projects:

  • The establishment of the EU Registry on Industrial Sites, a unique reference dataset containing identification and administrative data on industrial point sources covered by EU law on industrial pollution; and
  • The integration of thematic reporting on combustion plants (LCPs) according to Article 72 of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) and on facilities subject to the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) Regulation.

These project websites contain numerous resources (including data models, QA/QC documentation and manuals for reporters) to help reporting countries prepare to use the new data flows:

Contact Mark Gibbs for more information.

Country profiles

Aether developed a data visualization tool to summarise and present key industrial data for each of the 33 EEA member countries. Click here to explore the data visualisation.

Contact Kathryn Hampshire for more information.

Climate change mitigation

GHG Projections

This project involves the QA/QC of the GHG Projections data, the creation of the EU-wide GHG projections dataset and an assessment of the quality of the reporting. Aether lead on the development of a QA/QC tool to streamline the existing process.

Contact Rosie Brook for more information.

Integrated climate and energy projections

Aether developed a report which outlines the role of integrated climate and energy projections as a tool supporting coherent policy interventions under the Energy Union and proposes a number of concrete solutions to integrate climate and energy projections in practice. It is based on knowledge gained across two decades of working in support to EU policy on climate change and environment, in particular on reporting issues, and from workshops and interactions with EU Member State representatives.

Contact Justin Goodwin for more information.

Policies and measures reporting and evaluation

These projects provide support to Member States reporting climate mitigation policies and measures (PaMs) under the EU Monitoring Mechanism (MMR), analysis of the information reported, and development of a visual presentation of the data. In 2017 the analysis focused on case studies of good practice policy mixes in building energy efficiency. In 2018 the analysis focused on PaMs covering renewable energy in the heating and cooling sectors and analysing the interlinkages between the projection scenarios and PaM impacts reported under the MMR.

Recent publications include:

  • National policies and measures on climate change mitigation in Europe in 2017 (EEA Report No 9/2018

  • Ex post evaluation and policy implementation in the building sector (Eionet Report - ETC/ACM 2018/2)

  • 2018 PaMs viewer

  • MMR PaMs database which contains a number of PaMs implemented, adopted or planned by European countries to reduce GHG emissions

Contact Katrina Young for more information.

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Katrina Young

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Testimonial

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“It is always an absolute pleasure working with Aether. I always know what is expected of me. Their work ethic is of a very high standard and projects are always handled in a very professional manner. I have learnt many skills in terms of project management, quality control and workshop training styles from Aether and I hope to carry these principles forward in my own work. I look forward to collaborating with Aether more in the future.”

Luanne Stevens, Gondwana

“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

“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

“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

“A heartfelt thank you to all the Aether team for this very comprehensive review – this is certainly turning out to be one of the most beneficial capacity building projects I have ever been involved in.”

Saviour Vassallo, Senior Environment Protection Officer, Malta Resources Authority

“Professional team and very collaborative communication. Effective result in terms of suggestions for improvement in the quality of the inventory and proposals on how to streamline specific topics.”

Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research

“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

“Engaging Aether to support us to develop the first GHG Inventory System and first Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) for the United Republic of Tanzania has been a rewarding experience due to their high level of professionalism, creativity, timeliness and value for money. We will definitely consider Aether in our future initiatives.”

Abbas Kitogo, Programme Specialist Energy and Climate Change, UNDP Tanzania

“It has been a pleasure to work with Chris Dore and Richard Claxton from Aether: they did their job in a very professional and timely manner. The workshop was organized and carried out in a cooperative spirit; the information provided to the workshop participants was complete and clear.”

Alina Novikova, UN/ECE Secretariat

“Aether is a great partner for work in the area of European Air Emissions. The team was committed, reliable, well organised and had a deep technical understanding and motivated other partners with their good spirit.”

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