Coalition created to devise GHG measurement system

The UK has announced it is to develop a national emissions measurement dashboard for the UK.

The dashboard will be created by the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Measurement and Modelling Advancement (GEMMA) programme.

The research behind the programme is to be developed consortium which includes, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the Met Office, the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO), the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), and the University of Bristol

“The consortium will work together to create a single integrated network to monitor all sources and sinks of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the UK, according to a statement by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). “Achieving UK GHG emission reduction targets and supporting global efforts to limit climate temperature rise is a highly complex challenge.

“Known and recognised sources and sinks are currently accounted for in UK net emissions. However, Earth’s climate responds to all contributions, whether known or not, which is why accurate ongoing measurement of GHG emissions in the UK is crucial.”

The scheme will firstly, look to identify their sources of origin and then to mitigate and reduce them.

UKRI added GEMMA will cement a ‘top-down’ systems approach to further complement the detail of traditional ‘bottom-up’ inventories and provide the best available UK net emissions information.

Over the next two years, the team will research, develop and demonstrate a system which will allow the UK to measure and assess changes in atmospheric GHG on a monthly basis.

The investment in new capability will bolster efforts to improve national GHG data, which provide powerful and timely insight into the UK’s net zero transition, UKRI explained.

Professor Sir Duncan Wingham, Executive Chair, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) said: “By working collectively and leveraging new and existing investment and activity, we are harnessing the full power of the UK’s research and innovation system to tackle large-scale, complex challenges.

“This investment falls under the umbrella of Building a Green Future, one of five UKRI strategic themes of our five-year strategy Transforming Tomorrow Together, and aims to accelerate the green economy by supporting research and innovation that unlock solutions essential to achieving net zero in the UK by 2050.”