Cities & Local Authorities

We work with cities and regions to combat climate change and improve air quality. We have worked both in the UK and overseas for example London, Oxford, Aberdeen, Georgetown, Jakarta and Mumbai.

We work at the sub-national level to assist municipalities, local authorities and cities to collect, measure and analyse evidence of emissions and the potential impact of local action on emission reduction.

Aether offers bespoke modelling solutions underpinned by decades of experience to support cities and local authorities with Climate Emergency declarations, Covenant of Mayors reporting requirements and evidence base development for climate action plans.  

We work with associates internationally to ensure our expertise can be applied universally.

For more information contact Katie King, Director

Core services

GHG emission baseline and forecasting

It is widely recognised that achieving national emission reduction targets will require cross government cooperation, and that cities and local authorities are well placed to influence emissions in buildings, surface transport, and waste. Local Authorities hold the best knowledge of the needs of their citizens and opportunities in their area. We provide data to support evidence-based decisions on climate action and develop future emission scenarios.

Aether has a suite of tools and detailed understanding of local emission data sets.  Aether staff have been involved in the development of the BEIS Local CO2 emission dataset since 2005 so we are well positioned to support cities, Local Authorities and regions to understand their emission baseline and to model emission trajectories.

We work together with key stakeholders, prioritising and quantifying key policies and measures then presenting data in a logical and useable way to inform decisions.  Aether supports cities in the development of emissions inventories and Sustainable Energy Climate Action Plans (SECAPs) required under the Covenant of Mayors. We also help cities and local authorities to build plans following climate emergency declarations through quantification of current emissions and modelling future scenarios based on frameworks for climate action.

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Local air quality management & low emissions strategies

Aether is a leading expert in Local Air Quality Management (LAQM), with previous active involvement in the review of local authority review and assessment reports for Defra. We have provided independent expert review to GLA concerning air quality aspects within relevant planning applications and undertake many of our own air quality assessments for property developers and industry.  We are therefore extremely well placed to assist with:

  • The development of annual reporting programmes under LAQM including Annual Status Reports

  • Independent expert review of air quality assessments

  • The design and implementation of Low Emission Strategies

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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

Surrey Air Quality for Schools Programme

Aether, in partnership with London Sustainability Exchange (LSx), Surrey Air Alliance and Surrey County Council, has helped to create and implement a Cleaner Air for Schools Programme in Surrey.

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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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Testimonials

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

“The team at Aether works very professionally and communicates very well which makes working with them a pleasure. Outputs are delivered on time to high quality. The team brings the rigour of technical knowledge and expertise and finds innovative ways of communicating complex messages. I would be happy to recommend the Aether team to organisations working on analysing and presenting emissions information in the public domain.”

Fiona Glover, States of Jersey

“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

“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

“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

“Both the face-to-face training and the online version have been of high quality, with dynamic methods and a practical orientation that have allowed students to reach a solid knowledge base. The products have been delivered within the stipulated deadlines with an excellent quality and the team has always shown willingness to make adjustments according to the requirements of CONAF. We are very satisfied with the work. ”

Javier Cano Martín, Professional Unit for Climate Change and Environmental Services, CONAF (National Forestry Corporation), Chile

“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

“If we have a need for any more reports in the future Aether will be first on my list.”

Alan Hardy, Kyson Design

“Aether's approach to couple innovative visualisation with high expertise manpower delivered valuable insights for our inventory work.”

Umweltbundesamt (Germany)

“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

Clients

Keep Scotland Beautiful Aberdeenshire Council Aberdeen City Council Oxfordshire CC Oxford City Council

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