News Wider impacts

Aether is working with Luxembourg to assess the potential wider impacts of Luxembourg’s actions to tackle climate change.

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Actions to mitigate climate change often have wider social, economic and environmental impacts. These impacts can be both positive and negative. Aether has compiled a wider impacts database for climate actions with matrices to show the interlinkages.

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Innovations in Air Quality

04 September 2019

Aether and Air Quality Consultants are pleased to be working with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity to identify cutting edge innovations that could be used at the local level to reduce air pollution over the next 5-10 years.

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Analysis undertaken by Aether on behalf of the Greater London Authority has shown that policies to reduce air pollution in London will also reduce inequality.

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The UK Government’s draft Clean Air Strategy identified wood burning from domestic stoves as one of the key sources of particulate matter in urban areas in the UK. This marks a return to one of the air pollution sources which, it was assumed had been “solved” in the 1950s and 60s in mainland UK.

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Aether has been working with the States of Jersey Department of Environment for the last three years. Today sees the release of the report on the wider impacts of climate change action in Jersey and the data visualisation of Jersey’s greenhouse gas emissions past, present and future.

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New research published today exposes serious equity issues in London: the capital’s most deprived children attend schools most affected by poor air quality, yet are likely to contribute least to traffic pollution at schools.

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The Scottish Government has commissioned Aether, in collaboration with Aether Associates and Dr Keith Baker, to carry out evidence reviews of the co-benefits and adverse side effects of climate change mitigation in the transport and built environment sectors.

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DECC has commissioned Aether, in collaboration with Aether Associate Alison Smith, to carry out a four-month scoping study to provide a comprehensive overview and synthesis of existing and planned research on co-benefits and possible adverse side-effects of climate mitigation.

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The analysis and quantification of Policies and Measures (PAMs) for greenhouse gas and air pollution mitigation is becoming increasingly important and Aether has developed significant track record in this area.

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Aether together with Entec and the Institute of Occupational Medicine have been awarded a project by the European Commission titled, Industrial emissions of nano and ultrafine particles.

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Testimonial

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“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

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

Alan Hardy, Kyson Design

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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 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

“Aether is a great partner for work in the area of European Air Emissions. The team was committed, reliable, well organised and had a deep technical understanding and motivated other partners with their good spirit.”

Umweltbundesamt: Environment Agency Austria

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