Category: National governments, Capacity building, Emission inventories

GHG inventory support for Estonia

Aether is supporting the Estonian Environmental Research Centre (EKUK) and Estonian Environment Agency (EstEA) in the development of its national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory templates. We are helping to ensure that the compilation process is transparent and efficient.

The Challenge

Estonia is required to annually report GHG emissions data to the European Union and under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The team at EKUK and EstEA are responsible for compiling the emission estimates. While the GHG inventory methodologies are well established, the inventory team wanted an improved inventory system to increase the efficiency of inventory compilation.

 

The Solution

Aether has been supporting EKUK and EstEA in the streamlining of their inventory compilation calculations, implementing a spreadsheet-based solution to replace their current spreadsheets and replicate their established methodology. Aether’s GHG inventory templates were used and adapted to the teams’ requirements. This included automated data input and summaries, through Microsoft Power Queries, to improve the efficiency of the compilation processes. The Aether GHG templates put transparency at their core, and methodology and data sources were made clear throughout. Using the templates also ensured consistency across the compilation workbooks for all sectors.

A key aspect of this work was to provide hands-on training to the inventory team following delivery of the new compilation spreadsheets. Using our experience in capacity building we ran a two-day workshop, focussing on using the updated spreadsheets as well as more technical training on using Microsoft Power Queries. The training was well received, with feedback that the team had learnt more from our in-country visit than more bespoke IT/Excel training.

 

The Result

EKUK and EstEA use a new compilation tool for estimating GHG emissions and removals which:

  • Automatically imports some of the activity data in some sectors after specifying the file location
  • Sets out the calculations in a transparent, user-friendly way to enable the national team to enhance their capacity and continue to improve the estimates
  • Automatically creates summaries of emissions and activity data

 

To find out more about the different services that we offer to national inventory teams click here.

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“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.”

Clare Bayley, Defra

“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

“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

“Aether was a great asset in involving/engaging with Member States experts on highly technical subjects regarding GHG reporting. Very clear communication of issues and results.”

Andreas Pilzecker, DG CLIMA

“Saint Lucia embraces the professional approach with which this project was undertaken by Aether, particularly their ability to develop mentorship relations with local government experts. This provides a basis for ensuring that the pool of local experts remain engaged and recognized over successive processes.”

Annette Rattigan-Leo, Chief Sustainable Development and Environment Officer

“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

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

Matthew Dudley, UNFCCC Secretariat

“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

“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. ”

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