Measurement for our planet
Measurement for our planet

Measurement for our planet shines a light on how we’re delivering solutions for climate science, emissions measurement and supporting innovation.

Creating impact from science and engineering

Our world-leading measurement solutions are critical to business and government, accelerating research and innovation, improving quality of life and enabling trade. We ensure our cutting-edge measurement science has a positive impact in the real world.


Measurement for our planet

As the UK’s National Metrology Institute, NPL is playing a key role in enabling climate action through the delivery of accurate, reliable data that supports climate decision making and enables low carbon innovation.

Measurement for our planet

Does ice melt fastest on land or in water?

You may be amazed with your results and observations. This challenge links to what can happen as glaciers and polar ice caps melt.

Take the ice cube melt challenge

Supporting innovation in the UK

The journey from innovation to commercialisation is not straightforward. NPL plays a leading role.

Supporting innovation in the UK

Technology and Measurement Foresighting

Which technologies will be vital for the future of society and industry? Discover the implication for metrology and how NPL is responding.

Technology and Measurement Foresighting

Measurement for Quantum

Providing measurement solutions to build confidence, drive innovation and enable efficiency in UK companies to help their recovery and growth.

Measurement for quantum

Life Science National Challenge

The Life Sciences and Healthcare landscape is transforming. NPL’s advanced measurement science infrastructure and capability will be essential to address these challenges and realise the opportunities they provide.

Life Sciences

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The latest from the NPL press team.

News and press

Excellent science

As the UK's National Metrology Institute, NPL develops and maintains the national primary measurement standards. From new antibiotics to tackle resistance and more effective cancer treatments to unhackable quantum communications and superfast 5G, technological advances must be built on a foundation of reliable measurement to succeed. 

For over a century, we have worked with customers to translate scientific expertise into economic prosperity, skilled employment and improved quality of life. 


National challenges

Using our expertise to help you make a difference to some of the biggest challenges in industry, energy, environment and healthcare.

National challenges

Strategic partners

We have a partnering agreement with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the University of Strathclyde and University of Surrey, enabling us to work more closely with the academic community.

Strategic partners

Impartial and independent

We help save lives, protect the environment and enable citizens to feel safe and secure, as well as supporting international trade and commercial innovation.

As a national laboratory, our advice is always impartial and independent, meaning consumers, investors, policymakers and entrepreneurs can always rely on the work we do.


Be part of something amazing

We recruit energetic and imaginative people who share our values and want to work in an atmosphere of support and collaboration.


Work with us

Our research and measurement solutions support innovation and product development. We work with companies to deliver business advantage and commercial success.
Contact our Customer Services team on +44 20 8943 7070