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Quantifying impact in the environment sector: a greenhouse gas emissions monitoring study

Qureshi, Z; King, M; Nayak, S (2023) Quantifying impact in the environment sector: a greenhouse gas emissions monitoring study. NPL Report. IEA 14

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UK’s strategy to build back greener focuses on decarbonising all sectors of the economy to meet the net zero target by 2050. Hence, this study assesses the impact National Physical Laboratory (NPL) creates in generating environmental benefits through the channel of Greenhouse gas monitoring/reduction services. It is based on a simple model generalised from a knowledge case study titled ‘Measuring and Reducing Fugitive Emissions’ by a Senior Research Scientist of NPL. It takes in to account the environmental harm of the greenhouse gas emissions and how NPL’s support creates private and social benefits through the emissions saved. The study uses objective data (invoicing data) cross referenced by the Science Area Experts. The key finding is that NPL impact can save up to 0.51 mega tonnes of CO2e over a period of 5 years (2016-2020). This reduction in environmental harm, through reducing emissions, translates into a social value of £37.4m and £30.4m respectively for the domestic and international activity. These services are estimated to contribute up to 1.30% reduction in the total UK greenhouse gas emissions (from 2016-2020). The results may be lower bound estimates as the focus was on invoices that NPL receives, and therefore only caters for direct benefits. Potential extensions for this research could be the use of the UK pollutant register for yearly emissions monitoring, exploring the connection of greenhouse gas emissions with air quality, and quantifying indirect benefits of utilising greenhouse gas monitoring services.

Item Type: Report/Guide (NPL Report)
NPL Report No.: IEA 14
Keywords: Environment Greenhouse gasses; Methane; Natural Gas; Global Warming Potential
Subjects: Environmental Measurement > Atmospheric Science, Emission and Security
Divisions: Strategy Directorate
Identification number/DOI: 10.47120/npl.IEA14
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2023 07:31
URI: http://eprintspublications.npl.co.uk/id/eprint/9679

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