Cities & Local Authorities

Aether has worked for cities and other local authorities both in the UK and overseas: including Oxford, Aberdeen and North East Scotland authorities, and in Jakarta and Mumbai.

Aether offers a wealth of experience working with cities and regions to combat climate change and improve air quality.  We work at the sub-national level to assist municipalities, local authorities and other organisations to collect, measure and analyse evidence of emissions and the potential impact of local action on emission reduction.

We offer our services in English, Spanish and French and work with associates internationally to ensure our expertise can be applied universally.

For more information contact Tim Williamson, Principal Consultant

Core services

GHG emission baseline and forecasting

Initiatives such as the Compact of Mayors, Covenant of Mayors, C40 and others have demonstrated the appeal and success of cities developing comprehensive, robust and multilateral strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This momentum needs to be compounded and accelerated if the highly ambitious 1.5°C UNFCCC target is to be achieved.

Aether supports cities, local Authorities and Regions in developing Strategic Energy Action Plans required under the Covenant of Mayors.  We have a detailed understanding of the DECC Local Carbon emission dataset having been involved in its development since 2005.  We can use this dataset, augmented by local data, to define Baseline and moniroting emissions inventories. 

We deliver a suite of tools and methods by bringing together key stakeholders, prioritising and quantifying key policies and measures then presenting data in a logical and useable way to inform decisions. Aether developed TRACE, a forecasting tool, for supporting analysis of the impacts of actions to reduce energy and emissions.

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Local air quality management & low emissions strategies

Aether is a leading expert in Local Air Quality Management (LAQM), with active involvement in the review of local authority review and assessment reports for Defra. We provide independent expert review to GLA concerning air quality aspects within relevant planning applications, and Aether staff were also co-authors of the relevant technical guidance for local authority officers.  We are therefore extremely well placed to assist with:

  • The development of annual monitoring and reporting programmes under LAQM including Updating and Screening Assessments (USAs), Progress Reports, Detailed Assessments and Action Planning
  • Independent expert review of received air quality assessments
  • The development of local air quality guidance material

Aether can also assist with feasibility assessment, design and implementation of Low Emission Strategies where these are being considered by local authorities.  We were part of the team to undertake a LES assessment for Cheshire East, undertaking modelling of road networks within AQMAs and conducting scenario analysis to evaluate the potential impact of LES policy measures on reduction of ambient air quality concentrations in these sensitive locations.

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Case studies

Category: Cities and local authorities

City of London Air Quality Data Visualisation

Aether developed an online, interactive data visualisation for the City of London that could be used by policy makers and the general public to explore data and information on air quality. Topics covered include air pollutant emissions, bus fleet emission control technologies and the health impacts of air pollution.

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Category: Cities and local authorities, Policies and measures

Oxford Sustainability Index

Aether was appointed to develop a Sustainability Index for Oxford, comparing the city’s performance with others.

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Category: Cities and local authorities, Emission Inventories, Policies and measures

North East Scotland sustainable energy action plan

Aether led the development of the North East Scotland Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) for Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City, Angus and Moray.

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Don't just take our word for it...

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“The professional service provided by your company was of very high quality and completed within agreed timelines.”

Matthew Dudley, UNFCCC Secretariat

“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

“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.”

Clare Bayley, Defra


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