National Physical Laboratory

Greg Barker visits the Centre for Carbon Measurement

Greg Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change recently visited the Centre for Carbon Measurement at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).

reg Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change with Heather Powell, NPL's Environmental Measurements Group Leader and a specially adapted thermal imaging camera to detect C02
Greg Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate
Change, with Heather Powell, NPL's Environmental
Measurements Group Leader and a specially adapted
thermal imaging camera to detect CO2

He was shown the latest research being carried out, including: an adaptation to a thermal imaging camera to detect CO2, the current work on Carbon Capture and Storage and the latest techniques that could be used for fracking studies - looking at emissions before, during and after extraction.

The visit was hosted by Jane Burston, Head of the Centre for Carbon Measurement, who highlighted various aspects of the Centre's research, which is helping to ensure the UK's lead in assessing the potential impact of climate change and developing technologies to address it.

"We've worked with others to identify what gaps in measurement capability exist. One area where businesses identified a particular need is in providing development support and independent assessment of the performance of low carbon technologies. The Centre has already worked with manufacturers of low carbon cement, building insulation and fuel cells, among others, to improve and test their technologies," said Burston.

Burston pointed out how the Centre is also supporting the Government agenda, "Testing can help policy makers too, for example it will be harder to implement the Green Deal if we're not sure whether products and materials do what they say on the tin." The Green Deal is the Government's transformational home energy efficiency initiative that lets householders and businesses pay for some or all of the cost of energy-saving property improvements, like insulation, over time through savings on their energy bills. The Green Deal is set to be launched on 28 January 2013.

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Last Updated: 10 Jan 2013
Created: 10 Jan 2013

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