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AEA (formerly AEA Technology) calls itself a "world leading energy and climate change consultancy".[1]

According to the AEA website:

We are world leaders and trusted advisors in the field of environmental consultancy, operating in the UK, Europe, the US and China. We are the leading provider of advisory services to the UK Government and work extensively with the EU and major private sector organisations. We are internationally renowned with expertise in air quality and climate change, carbon management, resource efficiency and waste management, and the environmental impacts of transport.[2]

AEA is a key advisor to the Climate Change Committee and has won contracts to advise on UK-Russia and UK-China climate change initiatives. [3] They also run a chemical safety, risk management and legal advice service under the name National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC). [4]

History

AEA Technology was formerly part of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, privatised in 1996. The privatisation was led by Sir Anthony Cleaver as Chairman of the UKAEA, George Robertson as Defence Minister and Lewis Moonie as junior defence minister, as was the subsequent flotation of AEA Technology. Cleaver was AEA chair until 2001. AEA's role, at first, was devoted largely to securing nuclear industry contracts. The group is increasingly moving into environmental consultancy and rail contracts. According to the AEA company website "AEA is a leading international company specialising in consultancy, policy support and programme management for policy implementation. Our largest practice is in the field of Energy and Environment. Our programme management business is also growing rapidly in sectors such as Agriculture, Education, Health, Industry, Transport" [5].

Activities

AEA develop climate change policy (focused on 'behaviour change' not industrial cutbacks) in Britain and then 'sell' it into other parts of the world and to the private sector. This appears to be aimed at saving businesses money, and they claim to have saved UK industry over £1 bn through their policy developments. 'We understand the environment and know how businesses can capitalise on what is currently the biggest challenge faced by both the private and public sectors.'[6]

AEA, nuclear energy, and the UK National Energy Review

The AEA's involvement in the UK National Energy Review was problematic for some MPs and other interested parties:

"I wondered why [nuclear] was being pushed and pushed and pushed," said British independent MP Dai Davies, in response to news that "key consultants" working on the UK National Energy Review "have strong links to the nuclear industry."

Davies' question in the House of Commons had forced ministers to reveal the identity of the consultants.

The Observer reported that AEA Technology handled public submissions for the review. AEA was formed by the privatisation of the Atomic Energy Authority, and while the firm had sold most of its nuclear businesses, it still "has a nuclear waste unit, and senior executives and staff have links to the old authority and other parts of the nuclear industry." Some energy experts who made submissions "said they felt their evidence was underplayed and misrepresented". AEA did publish a summary table, "which showed that nuclear power was the only one [of 15 low-carbon technologies] to get more opposition than support." [7]

Lobbyists

The Madano Partnership listed AEA Technology as a client between June and November 2011. [8]

People

Board

Board members listed on the 2007/2008 annual report were:

Past board members

Sir Anthony Cleaver 1994-2001. Chairman of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority from 2004 to 2007.

Past executives

Clients

Affiliations

Contact

AEA have offices in Oxford, Ayrshire, Cheshire, Romania, London, Wales. Their main three offices are in Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire. [12]

Notes

  1. Home page, AEA website, accessed 17 Nov 2009
  2. Who We Are, AEA website, accessed Nov 17 2009
  3. AEA front page, Accessed 16/11/09
  4. AEA front page, Accessed 16/11/09
  5. AEA Technology Website Welcome Last accessed November 21st 2007
  6. NCECFront Page, Accessed 16/11/09
  7. Nuclear power links to 'sham' energy review, The Observer, Sunday 6 August 2006, acc 12 September 2012
  8. PRCA Public Affairs Register ␣ June ␣ August 2011, and PRCA Public Affairs Register – Agencies - September to November 2011
  9. AEA Annual Report 2008, Accessed 16/11/09
  10. AEA Annual Report 2008, Accessed 16/11/09
  11. NCEC - About Us, NCEC website, accessed 17 Nov 2009
  12. AEAContact Us, Accessed 16/11/09