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Supporting science-led climate action

Climate, emissions and support for innovation to enable decarbonisation

The science and engineering undertaken at NPL enables us to make contributions to climate change mitigation and support solutions across many different challenges. Throughout 2021 and through Measurement for Our Planet activity, we will be showcasing some of the key elements of this activity and the ways in which NPL’s expertise is supporting science-led climate solutions.

As the UK’s National Metrology Institute, the expertise facilities and capabilities available at NPL have a crucial role to play in supporting confidence in the data which underpins decision making for climate mitigation actions. Our expertise spans many areas across climate science, greenhouse gas measurement and support for the innovation which will play a vital role in the delivery of emissions reduction and net zero. The graphic below illustrates a few examples of the key areas in which our work is already having a significant impact on the delivery of climate action.

Capabilities and expertise for climate action with impact

Climate measurement including
earth observation

Supporting the measurement of essential climate variables via satellites and ground-based observations
Greenhouse gas emissions measurement
Identifying and quantifying emissions at source, local and national scales
Decarbonisation of transport
Testing and validating zero emission transport solutions such as hydrogen fuel cells and batteries
Advanced manufacturing and materials for net zero
Verification and validation of sustainable, high performance materials, and energy efficient manufacturing of innovative green technologies
Agriculture, forestry and other land use
New measurement methods and more accurate measurement of GHG emissions and pollutants from different sources in Agriculture and land use.
Energy vector and infrastructure
Supporting the transition to a decarbonised energy system and addressing the infrastructure challenges to enable its delivery

Explore more of our work

As the UK’s National Metrology Institute, NPL’s science plays a significant role in supporting both UK Government and international climate policy. Find out how our expertise is making a difference:

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Our research and measurement solutions support innovation and product development. We work with companies to deliver business advantage and commercial success.
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