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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.
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:
Understanding emissions on a local and regional scale.
Metrology provides confidence in delivering accuracy and reliability to climate and emissions data that governments, regulators and industry can rely on.
We give businesses the increased confidence they need when evaluating and predicting the performance of their materials through the full life cycle.
Measurement of climate variables to inform decision making.
How do we define and measure the greenhouse effect?
Development and delivery of decarbonised energy.
Science that provides confidence in net zero and the climate response
NPL has a responsibility to tackle priority measurement challenges and is producing a series of reports which highlight and prioritise measurement needs.
Many aspects of the earth’s temperature can be measured, each with their own relevance and techniques.
Exploring batteries, fuel cells and other decarbonised transport solutions.
We will provide opportunities for participants in our Outreach programmes to engage with a range of climate-related competitions, activities and projects.
The demand for energy will increase as societies all over the world become more digitally connected, integrated and dependent on electronic devices. It will also become more sustainable and integrated.
Efficient agriculture to limit greenhouse gas emissions and environmental degradation.
Quantifying the impact of pollution.
Food production and distribution will depend on intelligent packaging, smart ordering systems, higher productivity and more automation.
We underpin smart farming technologies, ensuring reliable systems and data transfer, to help make agriculture more efficient.
TRUTHS is a satellite mission to establish a space-based climate and calibration observing system, facilitating improved confidence in climate change forecasts.
We help to improve the quality of data collected through earth observation systems and satellites.
MicroCarb is a joint mission between UKSA and CNES which will measure sources and sinks of carbon, the principal greenhouse gas driving global warming.
Gareth Hinds from the National Physical Laboratory shares his vision of the near-term future of hydrogen vehicles in the UK.
Measurement for Our Planet showcases NPL’s work in climate science, emissions measurements and support for the innovation that will drive the decarbonisation.
Using algorithms and machine learning to unlock data and provide meaningful information.
We have developed a unique technique towards making fuel cells and electrolysers more cost-effective and efficient.
In the midst of the pandemic, NPL helped Faraday Battery gather data to train their predictive maintenance model.
MetHPM has delivered metrology capabilities enabling order-of-magnitude improvements.
We worked with UCL to help prevent costly product failure caused by thermal runaway.
NPL helped Fibrestar prove that sustainable fibre drum containers perform as well as plastic competitors.
NPL develops a low-cost online hydrogen fuel quality monitoring system.
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