Domestic policy has committed the UK to achieving net zero emissions by 2050, and by 2045 in Scotland, and internationally, the Paris Agreement requires significant decarbonisation to keep average global temperature increases well below 2 °C. The world has woken up to the need to limit emissions and invest in climate resilience, and the UK aims to lead by example. Therefore, as global leaders and climate experts gather for COP26, the world’s eyes will be on the event and what the next steps will be to ensure a green recovery in the wake of the pandemic whilst tackling climate change.
This year has proven the importance of listening to and being able to trust science. NPL, as the UK’s National Metrology Institute (NMI) underpins good science with metrology (the science of measurement). Our role is to ensure that decision-makers who rely on information derived from measurement can trust the science and the provenance of the resultant information.
At NPL, our experts have pioneered techniques to collect data from the world around us, and accurately monitor how it changes over time and in response to different factors. Through robust measurement, we provide confidence in environmental data which enables effective action to be taken. Metrological tools and principles are already used within the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) and the quality assurance framework of the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S).
NPL also works on the development and deployment of low carbon technologies that would help support the energy transition away from fossil fuels. This includes testing and validation of the performance of fuel cells, batteries and photovoltaics as well as reducing the measurement uncertainties for solutions such as carbon capture, usage and storage. Each of these will play a part in ensuring the UK reaches net zero by 2050.
As the UK’s NMI, responsible for measurement standards and infrastructure in the UK, we have remained open throughout the pandemic to ensure our critical work continues. By advising policy makers working to mitigate the impact of climate change and supporting efforts to improve air quality, we are ensuring the UK is still maintaining progress towards its net zero target.
In the run up to COP26 in November 2021, NPL will continue to work with all parties to support climate action, build resilience and help lower emissions
All week we’ll be sharing information about our research that is helping to tackle climate change. Follow us on social to find out more.
01 Nov 2020