Picarro Inc, a California company which makes atmospheric measurement instruments, was selected to be the sole provider of instruments for measuring greenhouse gas emissions in London during the 2012 Olympic Games.
The instruments will be provided as part of a city scale measurement service, offered by Astrium, which is part of aerospace and defence giant EADS.
Astrium has launched an “Emissions Measurement Service” (EMS), using stationary, mobile and airborne instruments to measure greenhouse gas emissions on a city scale in real time.
It is supported by a consortium of institutions, including France’s Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement (LSCE), the UK’s National Centre for Earth Observation and National Physical Laboratory (NPL) Centre for Carbon Measurement, Earth Networks, and Picarro.
At the World Economic Forum (Davos) meeting this year, Picarro demonstrated the big gaps that can exist between emissions assumptions and actual emissions measurements.
This made us all the more eager to deploy our instruments in one of the world’s largest cities to measure near real-time, per capita emissions during the world’s largest sporting event,” said Picarro CEO Michael Woelk.
“We encourage major cities to start measuring rather than self-tabulating their progress towards emission reduction goals.”
Astrium, a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS and a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services, chose Picarro as a consortium partner along with other research centers and private companies to produce its EMS.
The service will analyze carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), and methane (CH4) gas concentrations to determine the CO2 equivalent emissions at a national level, with associated uncertainties, and to identify the sources of these emissions.
The London pilot combines ground measurements from a network of Picarro’s cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS) instruments, including four instruments stationed around the city, an instrument on a bus measuring GHG concentrations at road level, and an instrument aboard an airplane for higher altitude measurements.