We develop the measurement tools to address the challenging environmental issues faced today – pollution, air quality and climate change
Pollution is responsible for an estimated 29,000 premature deaths in the UK per year, reductions in lifespan for vulnerable city dwellers of up to nine years and increased health costs of ~£20 billion a year in the UK alone.
Industry, regulators and the research community are working hard to reduce emissions of pollutants, such as SO2, NOx, HCl and particulates. Similar efforts are required to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including CO2 and CH4, in order to avoid a global temperature rise in excess of 2°C which may cause species extinctions, loss of global coastline and increases in mortality due to changes in disease vectors.
Metrology has a crucial role to play in this area. Internationally traceable field measurement techniques and an understanding of their uncertainties are key components in meeting these environmental challenges.
We have extensive experience in delivering products and services to external customers through emission measurement services, field and laboratory validation activities, consultancy services and contract research activities. We have a unique combination of capabilities, covering all the stages – from instrument development, method validation, standardisation and dissemination of best practice, field application of methods, through to the provision of measurements for end users. The knowledge gained from field application for end users then feeds back into the research and development of new techniques and methods.