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Defra and DECC have awarded AEA a three year, £4.5 million contract to deliver the UK’s National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI).
Under the contract AEA will lead a team of UK experts in the production of detailed estimates of UK air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions. The inventory will include emissions arising from a wide range of polluting sources such as motor vehicles, power stations, industrial and commercial facilities, as well as agriculture.
The NAEI comprises two major inventories – the UK’s Air Quality Pollutant Inventory and the UK’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory. Together these inventories form the key scientific evidence base that allows the UK to check compliance against its legal obligations, while also providing insights into ways to reduce the impact of human activities on our environment and health.
“We have acted as the UK’s National Inventory Agency for over 20 years,” explained AEA’s Air and Environmental Quality Practice Director Geoff Dollard. “We are delighted to continue to lead this work on behalf of UK plc. The NAEI provides the underpinning data set against which progress is measured on a number of key environmental policies.
“For example, having a reliable evidence base for greenhouse gas emissions will be critical to help demonstrate the UK’s progress against climate change targets” he said.
“AEA’s continued leadership will ensure that the NAEI continues as one of the world’s foremost emissions inventories, ensuring high quality content and delivery across a period of time, as key compliance years approach, when the inventories will come under intense scrutiny.”
In the delivery of this contract, AEA complements its own world leading expertise with a team of partners including Aether, AMEC, SKM Enviros and CEH.
For more information on the NAEI, visit: http://naei.defra.gov.uk/
Find out more about AEA’s Air and Environmental Quality work here