Inventories & Projections

Accounting for air pollutants and greenhouse gases

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Policies & Wider Impacts

Supporting environmental policies, measures and action

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MRV & Transparency

Monitoring progress and driving continuous improvement

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Capacity Building

Building local technical knowledge and experience

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Data Visualisation

Improving communication and accessibility of complex data

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Air Quality Assessments

Fast efficient service provided by independent experts

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Services

About us

Who we are

We are world experts in environmental data analysis and interpretation. Aether is at the forefront of greenhouse gas (GHG) and air quality emissions calculation and review, in international, national and local authority markets. We are respected internationally for our niche expertise in this area.  We are based in Oxford.

What we do

Our talented team of consultants use their knowledge and experience of sourcing, analysing and interpreting complex environmental data to create bespoke data analysis systems.  We provide solutions for governments, local authorities, international organisations and property developers.  

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Markets

We serve a variety of markets

National
Governments

Emissions inventory compilation, reporting and development

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Cities & Local
Authorities

Carbon emissions and air quality action planning

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International
Organisations

Emissions inventory reviews, training and data analysis

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Property
Developers

Air quality assessments and air pollution monitoring

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Case studies

Railfreight Energy and Emissions Calculator (REEC)

REEC is the first tool for the UK that can calculate, to a high level of granularity and accuracy, the energy usage and resulting emissions for a specified freight train configuration travelling on specified routes on the GB rail network.

LULUCF GHG Inventory Support for Romania

Aether is supporting the Romanian National Research and Development Institute for Cryogenic and Isotopic Technologies (ICSI) in the compilation of its national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory for non-forest land areas. We are helping to ensure that Romania’s land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) inventory is robust and of high quality.

Montenegro's Third Biennial Update Report (BUR)

Justin Goodwin was contracted as an international expert to support Montenegro with writing the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) chapter for their third Biennial Update Report.

Rwanda: Review of GHG inventory, mitigation assessments and national reports

Emma Salisbury was contracted as an international expert to support Rwanda’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reporting to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Developing a comprehensive approach to nitrogen in the UK

Aether, alongside project partners the Stockholm Environment Institute, the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, and Plantlife International, undertook a study for WWF of the nitrogen cycles and pathways in the UK and reviewed existing strategies and policies that could affect the balance of nitrogen in the environment.

Devolved Administration Greenhouse Gas and Air Pollution Inventories

Aether is now leading on the compilation and reporting of greenhouse gas and air pollution inventories for England and the Devolved Administrations, as a part of the wider UK National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory programme.

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, industrial pollution and climate change mitigation.

Capacity building in Liberia for GHG inventory compilation and MRV systems

Aether, in partnership with NEXUS International University (NIU) and the University of Liberia, provided capacity building training in GHG inventory compilation and MRV systems in Liberia.

EU Forest Reference Levels

Aether provided support to the European Commission and the LULUCF Expert Group in the technical assessment of EU Member State's National Forestry Accounting Plans.

Developing Saint Lucia’s GHG Inventory

Aether provided capacity building training to the national GHG inventory team of Saint Lucia. A new greenhouse gas inventory was developed together with a National Inventory Report and the inventory Biennial Update Report chapter.

Capacity building in Uganda for Paris Agreement Reporting

Aether, in partnership with Petromall and NEXUS International University (NIU), provided capacity building training in GHG inventory compilation in Uganda. We engaged with over 80 participants to provide interactive training courses in all inventory sectors.

Merton Council Climate Emergency Support

Aether and SE2 supported Merton Council in developing their action plan to meet targets to decarbonise the Council by 2030 and the borough of Merton by 2050

Lewisham Route to Neutral

Support to Lewisham Council to define the route to carbon neutral for the Borough

United Arab Emirates Air Quality Inventory

Aether, in partnership with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), supported the Ministry of Climate Change and the Environment (MOCCAE) to compile the first UAE air pollutant emission inventory.

Residential Air Quality Assessment, Dartford

A case study of the Air Quality Assessments Aether delivers for residential developments, here for a proposed development in Dartford.

Review of inventories submitted under the National Emission Ceilings Directive

Aether has been involved in reviewing national emission inventories for more than 20 years, and provides several staff for key roles in the NEC Directive reviews.

Antigua and Barbuda Biennial Update Report (BUR)

Aether has been supporting Antigua and Barbuda on their first Biennial Update Report (BUR) by writing the Mitigation chapter. This work will enable Antigua and Barbuda to report transparently on initiatives addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation. Also the climate action database will enable the Department of Environment to take stock of climate related initiatives across the country, including the flow of climate finance, and relate this to national strategies and targets.

South Africa Climate Action Tracking and Evaluation System

Aether worked with Gondwana Environmental Solutions to support South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) to develop an innovative online platform for gathering, analysing and reporting climate mitigation and adaptation actions. The system acts as a central registry for climate actions alongside associated climate challenges, targets, support needed, wider impacts and indicators.

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.

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.

Electric vehicles from life cycle and circular economy perspectives

A report written for the European Environment Agency that used an extensive literature review to analyse and synthesis the environmental impacts of electric vehicles though life cycle and circular economy perspectives.

Montenegro Climate Change Action MRV System

In cooperation with UNDP through the GEF funded project “Development of Montenegro’s Second BUR”, Aether has been supporting Montenegro in developing a monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system for its climate change mitigation and adaptation actions.

Tanzania GHG Inventory, Projections and National System (MRV Portal)

Aether worked with the Vice President’s Office of the United Republic of Tanzania to develop an historical and projected GHG inventory and a sustainable national inventory system. The project delivered a tailored version of our innovative MRV portal. It was guided by high levels of stakeholder consultation and provided training to Tanzanian experts at two workshops.

2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines

Justin Goodwin, Director at Aether, worked as part of a multi-national team on the 2019 Refinement of the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories.

Support to the States of Jersey on GHG emissions and climate action

Aether’s infographics and reports have encouraged engagement of the public in Jersey with climate change issues. We have supported the States of Jersey Department of the Environment for 3 years across a range of climate related topics.

Irish Environmental Protection Agency

Aether supports the Irish Environmental Protection Agency with the preparation and submission of Ireland's National Emissions Inventory of Greenhouse Gases under the EU Monitoring Mechanism and Air Quality Pollutants under the National Emissions Ceiling Directive.

Luxembourg Climate Action: Stakeholder engagement and reporting Portal

Aether developed an innovative online platform, or Portal, for gathering, analysing and reporting Luxembourg’s climate policies and measures. The Portal acts as a central point for stakeholder engagement and keeps a live master list of national climate actions, with associated impact and cost analysis.

Emission Inventory Support for Environment Agency of Iceland

Aether is supporting the Environment Agency of Iceland in the compilation of its greenhouse gas and air quality emissions inventories as well as projections and policies and measures. We are helping to ensure that Iceland’s inventory is robust and of high quality.

Oxford Sustainability Index

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

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.

Residential AQA, Westbourne Park in London

Aether was commissioned to undertake an air quality assessment, air quality neutral assessment and construction dust assessment for a proposed large residential development on Edenham Way in Westbourne Park in London.

Industrial air quality assessment

Aether was commissioned by Ballymore to undertake an air quality assessment for a proposed energy centre in phase 2 of the development at Royal Wharf in the London borough of Newham.

Air quality monitoring

Aether was commissioned by Berkeley Homes to undertake an air quality assessment for the proposed installation of gas fired boilers at 250 City Road.

Colombia GHG inventory review - IPPU and energy

On the road towards submitting its third national communication, Colombia wanted to make sure that they had a high quality national GHG inventory.

Barbados greenhouse gas emissions inventory

Aether worked with Engain to produce Barbados’ Second National Communications Report to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

GHG inventory and QA/QC assistance in South Africa

On the road towards establishing a sustainable GHG inventory, Aether assisted South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs to establish a National System for regular GHG estimation, analysis and reporting.

Jamaica GHG inventory review

Aether has been working with the Jamaican Government to compile and improve their national greenhouse gas emissions inventory for their Third National Communication and Biennial Update Report.

Our people

Meet our team

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Chris Dore

Director

Chris leads international capacity building efforts for emissions inventory development with particular expertise in air quality. He is currently the Chair of the UN/ECE’s Taskforce on Emission Inventories and Projections.

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Justin Goodwin

Director

Justin provides hands-on practical development and improvement of Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems for greenhouse gas and other air pollutant emission, projections and mitigation actions.

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Melanie Hobson

Director

Melanie Hobson has 20 years of experience covering a broad range of expertise across air quality pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Katie King

Director

Katie King specialises in local carbon emissions accounting and net zero action planning. Katie is Aether’s quality manager and is responsible for compliance with ISO9001.

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Jacquie Berry

Associate Director

Jacquie brings over 35 years’ experience in the energy, environmental and transport sectors. She has extensive international experience and has led major international projects in the energy and environment sectors.

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Lewis Blannin

Assistant Consultant

Lewis supports the development of efficient systems to analyse data and communicate findings through visualisations. He is proficient with coding languages such as R and GIS software such as QGIS.

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Rosie Brook

Senior Consultant

Rosie creates tools to improve the analysis of emissions data and undertakes air quality assessments for property developers. She has skills in database analysis, R and GIS.

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Evelyn Cook

Finance & Operations Officer

Evelyn is the Finance & Operations Officer at Aether. She supports the company accounting processes and provides administration of project information.

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Richard Claxton

Principal Consultant

Richard has experience in emission inventory compilation and is a qualified greenhouse gas inventory reviewer under the UNFCCC (waste sector and generalist).

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Lucy Garland

Consultant

Lucy's main focus is on emissions reporting for large point sources, including reporting requirements and data flows. Lucy also has experience of biomass fuel quality analysis.

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Richard German

Senior Consultant

Richard’s main expertise lies in developing efficient systems to manipulate and quality assure data, and in producing innovative analysis and visualisations to communicate results.

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Mark Gibbs

Principal Consultant

Mark is an expert in industrial emissions reporting, providing technical consultancy to national and international agencies. He also specialises in rail emission modelling, providing analysis for RSSB as well as rail operators.

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Lotte Gleeson

Assistant Consultant

Lotte has experience in producing air quality assessments and in industrial emissions reporting, as well as contributing to a variety of projects concerning air quality.

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Kathryn Hampshire

Senior Consultant

Kathryn specialises in data visualisation, environmental data analysis and calculation of emissions inventories. She also creates online solutions for Monitoring, Reporting Verification systems.

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Luke Jones

Senior Consultant

Luke quantifies emissions by building tools and models, and provides analysis of environmental data and supporting policies and measures. He has skills in R, VBA, and database analytics.

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Kirsten May

Senior Consultant

Kirsten is a consultant with experience in inventory compilation and the measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) of greenhouse gases and air quality pollutants.

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Miriam Mutizwa

Bid Co-ordinator

Miriam is part of the business development team. She is responsible for finding and responding to prospects and bidding opportunities both within the UK and internationally, in the Environment and Climate Change Sector.

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Laurence Opie

Senior Consultant

Laurence specialises in implementation of Transparency under the Paris Agreement and leads on revising industrial emissions reporting across the EU.

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James Sammut

Assistant Consultant

James specialises in data modelling, analysis and visualisation, and has experience in the development of GHG inventory compilation methods, MRV systems and economic analysis.

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Beatriz Sanchez

Senior Consultant

Beatriz is a specialist in agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) and air quality and GHG emissions, and is a qualified UNFCCC expert reviewer for the Agriculture sector.

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Natalia Segiet

Office Manager

Natalia is Aether's Office Manager. She supports the company HR processes and project administration and organises company events.

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Courtney Szanto

Assistant Consultant

Courtney is an assistant consultant with experience in greenhouse gas and air quality inventory compilation.

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Annie Thornton

Assistant Consultant

Annie supports a wide range of projects at Aether, including GHG inventory compilation and the development of MRV systems

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Katrina Young

Principal Consultant

Katrina specialises in climate and air pollution policy, wider impacts analysis, emission inventory compilation and capacity building support to countries in Europe and Africa, data visualisation and project management.

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Holly Zhang

Consultant

Holly has experience in producing air quality assessments and in greenhouse gas and air quality inventory compilation on various scales.

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News

Latest news

Posted on: 14 November 2022

Post COP27: A future with integrity

During COP27, we look at the difference between transparency and integrity and why this is becoming the new battle ground for action on net zero.

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Posted on: 20 October 2022

Thinking bigger than just estimating carbon impacts of Local Transport Planning

The upcoming guidance for quantitative carbon reporting (QCR) within Local Transport Plan 4 will require authorities to estimate current and predict future carbon emissions from their transport plans. For elected members, chief executives and sectoral directors the LTP 4 period will mark a golden opportunity to use climate data to support decision making on a larger set of growth challenges such as cost of living, aging populations, levelling up, and spiralling health problems.

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Posted on: 19 October 2022

South-South Exchange on Climate Finance Tracking

Justin Goodwin was invited to be on a panel at a South-South Exchange lead by Saint Lucia on climate finance tracking for low emission, climate resilient development.

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Posted on: 31 August 2022

Aether supports the development of a Regional Centre for Climate Action Transparency hub for the Economic Community of Central African States

The Regional Climate Action Transparency Hub (ReCATH) for the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) will help build a regional centre and a network to support ECCAS countries build sustainable teams of climate transparency experts.

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Testimonials

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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

Clients

Defra EEA Keep Scotland Beautiful Kier States of Jersey TFEIP Aberdeenshire Council Aberdeen City Council Bowmer & Kirkland Environment Agency of Iceland Weston Homes Oxfordshire CC Berkeley Oxford City Council

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