|Since this article was published, AEA Technology plc’s business, operating assets and employees were acquired on the 8 November 2012 by Ricardo plc and transferred to a new subsidiary, Ricardo-AEA Ltd. All employees were transferred to Ricardo-AEA Ltd as part of the acquisition and remain available for the execution of all projects via the new company, as are the entire capability and resources previously represented by AEA Technology plc. All individuals remained at previous locations with all offices being retained.
The UK has topped the EEA's EIONET (European Environment Information and Observation Network) priority data flow league table. It has improved its position among the 38 reporting countries by 17 places in the 2010/11 reporting period to join Estonia, Germany and Sweden in top spot.
The purpose of the annual EIONET priority data flow report is to show progress against agreed, stable and well-defined criteria, in order to allow countries to identify and confirm the institutional resources they need for regular reporting procedures. It also aims to encourage countries towards better performance through ‘competition amicale', concentrating on achievements rather than failures.
EU law requires member states to meet various reporting requirements. In 2000, national submissions of environmental data received an average score of 45%. While six countries that now report to the EEA scored 60% or less in 2010/11, the country average has increased to 80%. AEA Technology plc is a leading provider of UK Government's reporting data; helping it achieve this top league table position with a 98% score in the 2010/11 report. View the full report here.