Metrology for stable isotope reference standards

Project: EU project

Project Details


Supporting governments to verify emissions and demonstrate reduction targets.   
Methods to discriminate between natural and various manmade sources of greenhouse gases are needed to support governments to verify emissions and demonstrate reduction targets.
Project fills a traceability gap by providing new measurement infrastructure for stable isotopes of the major greenhouse gases CO2 and N2O.
VTT MIKES develops a compact spectroscopic isotope analyser for pure N2O and a field-deployable CO2 isotope analyser for atmospheric measurements.

Call 2016: Metrology for Environment
This project has received funding from the EMPIR programme co-financed by the Participating States and from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
Effective start/end date1/06/1731/05/20

Collaborative partners

  • National Physical Laboratory (NPL) (lead)
  • BA66 National metrology institute VTT MIKES
  • Danish National Metrology Institute (DFM) (Project partner)
  • National Metrological Institute (INRIM) (Project partner)
  • German National Metrology Institute (PTB) (Project partner)
  • TÜBİTAK National Metrology Institute (UME) (Project partner)
  • Air Liquide España S.A. (Project partner)
  • Jožef Stefan Institute (Project partner)
  • Max Planck Society (Project partner)
  • University of Groningen (Project partner)
  • University of Eastern Finland (Project partner)
  • Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) (Project partner)


  • EURAMET e.V.


  • isotope analyser
  • laser spectrometer
  • greenhouse gases