Quality Tools

Aether has developed a series of tools which facilitate efficient documentation and checking of datasets at any step in the data production process.  These tools are adapted to and can be embedded within existing data management systems. They save time compared to conventional QA/QC approaches. 

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Inventory Tools

Aether’s Inventory Tools support the development of greenhouse gas and air pollution emission inventories. They are provided as part of clear and concise training for national inventory teams. The Excel based tools are designed to be easy to use and understand, making them perfect for new inventory compilers.

  • The Key Category Analysis Tool is simple and intuitive. It is used to identify the key sectors contributing to emissions using a method in line with the 2006 IPCC Guidelines.  The tool also provides a template for documentation and discussion points related to the analysis. The user inputs the emission estimates and the tool transparently calculates key category analysis in terms of emission levels and trends. The results of the analysis can be used to prioritise emission estimate improvement activities.
  • The Uncertainty Analysis Tool for emission inventory compilers quantifies uncertainties in line with international guidance. This provides information to develop a prioritised improvement plan. It can help stakeholders better understand the accuracy and limitations of key messages.
  • The Completeness Assessment Tool will support inventory discussions by providing a clearly presented overview of the completeness of the inventory and improvement actions. The tool is an Excel table that lists all CRF categories, GHGs and years. The user completes the table by indicating if emission estimates are calculated or not.  If not, the tool allows documentation of why they have not been compiled for that category, GHG and year.
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Q-Comments

Aether’s Quality Comments (Q-Comments) tool has been developed to enable teams to carry out QA/QC processes in a highly efficient and transparent way. Through its tagging system, the tool improves communication and transparency, accelerating learning and aiding work handover. The tagging system is customisable and therefore offers a bespoke, consistent and efficient approach to completing and documenting QA/QC processes.

The Q-Comments tool is an advanced Excel tagging system that provides the user with a complete, transparent and documented record of the QA/QC procedure. This record is consistent across all spreadsheets in which the tool is used. Aether has implemented this system successfully, receiving excellent feedback from spreadsheet model users. The Q-Comments tool uses tags and comments to facilitate documentation and conversation between a spreadsheet author and a reviewer. The tags used can be customised to the needs of the user and the tools come with a user guide.

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Q-Analyst

The Quality Analyst (Q-Analyst) tool can be used to verify timeseries datasets. It has been developed based on Aether’s experience in running quality assurance activities both as data compilers and reviewers.  The Q-Analyst tool is an easy-to-use, Excel-based review tool that can be applied to all time series data.

Through the tool’s user-friendly interface, data are visualised to support QA/QC activities.  Analysis of the data identifies attributes of the data that need checking, and the checking is enabled through data visualisation. Users can ensure datasets are comparable and consistent across a time series.  Recalculations between versions of datasets can easily be reviewed in order to verify changes.

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Testimonials

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

“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

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

Alan Hardy, Kyson Design

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

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