Stable isotope metrology to enable climate action and regulation

Project: EU project

Project Details


New reference materials and methods to help fingerprint the source of greenhouse gas emissions.
To support governments verifying emissions and demonstrating national reduction targets, discrimination between the natural and various manmade sources of greenhouse gases is needed. This requires accurate measurements of baseline concentrations and contributions resulting from emission events.
Project will fill a traceability gap in the measurement of the isotopic composition of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) by providing a new infrastructure.  
VTT MIKES improves the precision of its field deployable spectrometer for atmospheric measurements of carbon dioxide and methane isotopes.    
Call 2019: 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 date1/09/2031/08/23

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)
  • LGC Group (Project partner)
  • German National Metrology Institute (Project partner)
  • TÜBİTAK National Metrology Institute (UME) (Project partner)
  • Dutch Metrology Institute (VSL) (Project partner)
  • Air Liquide España S.A. (Project partner)
  • Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) (Project partner)
  • Jožef Stefan Institute (Project partner)
  • Max Planck Society (Project partner)
  • University of Groningen (Project partner)
  • University of Eastern Finland (Project partner)


  • EURAMET e.V.


  • isotope metrology
  • greenhouse gases
  • laser spectrometer