Category: International organisations, Emission inventories, Policies and measures

Support to the European Environment Agency

Aether has been providing support to the European Environment Agency through their European Topic Centres since 2014, focussing on air pollution and transport, industrial pollution and climate change mitigation.

Aether has been providing support to the European Environment Agency through their European Topic Centres since 2014. From 2019 Aether provides support under two new ETCs – the ETC for Climate change Mitigation and Energy (CME) and the ETC for Air Pollution, Transport, Noise and Industry (ATNI) - which will run until the end of 2021.

An annual work programme is agreed within each ETC, covering many different projects. Our work in these fall into three thematic areas:

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

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

Air pollution and transport

Analysis of air pollution policies

Over two years Aether supported the reporting and analysis of the air pollution policies and measures (PaMs) reported by EU Member States under the National Emissions reduction Commitments Directive (NECD). This culminated in a series of products:

The report describes the main characteristics of Member States’ additional air pollutant PaMs reported through the EEA PaM tool as required by Directive the NECD. The report also explores the potential synergies between air pollution and climate PaMs that Member States report under the Monitoring Mechanism Regulation (MMR, EU 525/2013).

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.

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. Click here to view the report.

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.

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 led 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. The report proposes a number of concrete solutions to integrate climate and energy projections in practice. It is based on knowledge gained across two decades of supporting EU policy on climate change and environment, in particular on issues related to reporting, 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. Previously, the analysis has focused on topics such as case studies of good practice policy mixes in building energy efficiency, and 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:

In 2021 this includes support to the EEA and Member States with the transition from reporting climate mitigation policies under the MMR to the Energy Union Governance Regulation.

Contact Katrina Young for more information.

Other projects with the EEA in the ETCs include:

  • Secretariat support for the ESD (greenhouse gases) and NECD (air pollution) reviews of Member State emissions inventories
  • Verification of GHG emissions inventories with satellite data
  • Climate change adaptation in the agriculture sector in Europe (report)
  • Analysis of the application of the EU Emissions Trading Directive (report)
  • Support at various Eionet workshops and fora

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Katrina Young

Senior Consultant

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Robert Vaughan, Defra Air Quality Team

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Alina Novikova, UN/ECE Secretariat

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Sefton Council - for the Merseyside Atmospheric Emissions Inventory

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Matthew Dudley, UNFCCC Secretariat

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“The support provided by Aether for this project was especially remarkable considering the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tools and methods used in order to engage local stakeholders really added value to the capacity building of the national team.”

Shanna Emmanuel, Saint Lucia BUR Project Coordinator

“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.”

Umweltbundesamt: Environment Agency Austria

“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

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