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World Environment Day

This World Environment Day, as many are still isolated at home, it’s time to explore what we can do for nature.

The theme this year is ‘biodiversity’ – a call to action to combat the accelerating species loss and degradation of the natural world. NPL is involved in multiple projects, nationally and internationally, to support the energy and environment sector in ensuring a healthy and sustainable future for our planet and all its living species.

NPL applies the latest advances in measurement to make every stage of energy generation more efficient and to improve the quality of data available on climate change and environmental pollution.

On a local level, NPL’s Green Team aims to help NPL minimise its impact on the environment and lead the way on priority environmental initiatives. A range of biodiversity activities are underway on the NPL site, including a camera trap study, an allotment, bug hotel and a range of low and zero cost activities that together improve local biodiversity at our main site in Teddington, London.

On a national and international scale, NPL’s Energy and Environment work is ensuring measurement science plays a vital role in protecting nature and our environment.  

For example, NPL is heavily engaged in air quality measurement via the Breathe London project, which uses the world’s most advanced network of air quality monitors to better understand Londoners’ exposure to air pollution around the city. The data collected through this project is helping to build up a detailed picture of London’s air quality and identify areas of toxic air.

Alongside experts from GHGSat, NPL is working on a European Space Agency (ESA) funded project to develop a ground-based calibration service for methane satellites. This project is investigating the feasibility of using a UK landfill site as a calibrated source for methane measurements from satellites. The NPL ‘Differential Absorption Lidar’ (DIAL) facility and Fugitive Emission Measurement System (FEDS) will be deployed to the site to characterise and quantify the emissions, providing the reference values for the methane emissions.

As a result of these projects and the many others that NPL is currently actively engaged in, we are helping to meet the UK Government’s climate targets and support world-leading innovation in the UK and internationally. This work is driving down the cost of renewables and low-carbon technologies, and increasing our understanding of emissions and pollution, which will support the safeguarding of nature and biodiversity on Earth into the future.

05 Jun 2020