Inventories in Iceland

17 December 2017

Aether has now been supporting the Environment Agency of Iceland (Umhverfisstofnun) for two years in the compilation of their national greenhouse gas (GHG) and air pollutant inventories. Aether’s first visit to Reykjavik was back in September of 2015, when the aim was to help the new Icelandic inventory team (at the time) understand and improve upon the existing compilation methods. Staff turnover can be a severe problem for national inventory teams, highlighting the need for transparent working, for example documenting data sources and assumptions so that new sector experts can easily pick up the work.

Iceland had developed a fairly complete and robust inventory; however, it is not always easy for new staff to understand the workings of the person who came before them. As such, Aether began working with the team in Iceland to improve compilation spreadsheets, and to apply consistent QA/QC and documentation methods. The task was made a little tricky by Aether’s lack of Icelandic language skills, but our hosts were more than helpful in providing the required translation, including an agriculture-specific list of animal types into English, which saved a lot of googling and the development of a slightly odd-looking search history.

Fast forward two years and a lot of progress has been made. Numerous QA/QC checks have been added to Iceland’s system, allowing them to check for errors and complete useful summary analysis. The agriculture and waste sectors of the inventory have been reworked and even though there have been more staff changes in Iceland, the team has generated a strong understanding of the inventory system, its sectors, methodologies and required outputs.

This year, Iceland were selected for an in-country UNFCCC review of their GHG inventory – consisting of a fairly scary week where experts from around the world come to your country to look in detail at your calculations and methods, and to make recommendations for improvements. As part of their visit in August of this year, Richard and Rosie helped the team prepare for the review and discuss likely next steps in working together and continuing to improve Iceland’s inventory and its reporting in the coming years. Iceland, as with many other Parties, is currently in an important phase where it will be developing policies and measures and projections for both GHG and air quality pollutants for reporting in 2019. It will be essential for Iceland to continue its strong work in the development of underlying emissions datasets, to enable the quantification of emissions to future years. This will provide policy makers with the information they need to determine what policies are required, and likely to be most beneficial as Iceland attempts to meet its GHG and air pollutant reduction targets going forward.

During their visit, Richard and Rosie also spent a few days exploring. After four days of beautiful sunshine, stunning waterfalls and volcanic landscapes we arrived in Reykjavik to do some work!



See all news


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

“We have been collaborating with Aether for several years, and our projects have greatly benefited from it. Aether staff are very knowledgeable, professional and flexible - and last but not least, very friendly and a pleasure to work with.”

Umhverfisstofnun, Environment Agency of Iceland

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

Matthew Dudley, UNFCCC Secretariat

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

Umweltbundesamt (Germany)

“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

“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 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

“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 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

Contact us

Get in touch

Call us on +44 1865 261 466, complete the short form below, or go to the Contact page

 Security code