Measurement for Climate Action

13 - 14 October 2021, 11:00-13:30 UTC

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) 26th Conference of the Parties, ‘COP26’, is set to go ahead in Glasgow from 1- 12 November 2021. Ahead of this event, NPL will be hosting an online workshop to bring together members of the international metrology community with the wider climate science community, to discuss how measurement science can best support climate action through improved confidence in data.

The Measurement for Climate Action Workshop will:

  • identify the most critical focus areas for improving the quality system of climate science; 
  • share how metrology has already improved specific aspects of climate science; 
  • explore the potential impact of developing metrology capabilities; and
  • discuss how climate data quality improvements could support international negotiations at COP and the ambitions of individual countries.


NPL will be joined by the fellow National Measurement Institutes (NMIs) of INRiM, NIM and NIST to highlight programmes of work that NMIs are delivering in the areas of observed emissions and climate data. The Metrology for Climate Action Initiative will also be launched at the workshop - a joint activity between the World Meteorological Organisation and the International Bureau of Weights and Measures. Importantly, perspectives of the wider climate community will be provided by the World Meteorological Organisation, the European Space Agency and the UK’s own Met Office to highlight metrology needs for supporting climate action.


  • Hear how a whole systems approach will be an important principle to addressing climate change 
  • Learn about observed emissions and climate data-related programmes of work that NMIs are delivering 
  • Hear from key organisations within the climate community on their perspectives regarding metrology needs to support climate action 
  • Listen to a lively panel session that will explore and debate the challenges ahead 
  • Find out about the forthcoming plans of BIPM, and the World Meteorological Organisation, as they launch the Metrology for Climate Action initiative  


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