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The European Commission recognizes that ~400 000 premature deaths and that 300-949 billion € per year of costs are related to air pollution. This project aims at providing metrology to enable the enforcement of new European directives for air pollution from combustion. These directives will decrease the emissions of hazardous substances to the air.

Aim and goal

The overall aim of this project is to provide metrology to enable the enforcement of the Industrial Emissions, Medium Combustion Plant and Eco-design Directives, and the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme.


The European Commission recognizes that around 400 000 premature deaths and that 300 - 949 billion € per year of costs are related to air pollution.  

Emissions of particulate matter (PM) from residential biomass boilers/space heaters has been found to be the most important contributor to total PM emissions in the EU. Around 64% of the EU’s urban population is exposed to PM above the WHO guidelines.  


This project will address the need for an update in the standard reference methods used to characterize emissions by innovating measurement methods for new measurands (NH3, formaldehyde, HF, PM, SVOC, OGC, PAH), address a lack of uncertainty characterisation in flow measurements and develop next generation techniques for increasingly stringent future legislation.


Reliable, comparable and accurate data on emissions is important for the enforcement of the new increasingly stringent emission legislation in EU. Both the industrial and scientific community will benefit from finding new and better emission measurement techniques. If the legislations are met the negative heath effects from air pollution are expected to decrease.


Project name

Mätteknik för emissioner till luft



RISE role in project


Project start


May 2020

Total budget

2 273 157 €


NPL Management Limited, Centro Español de Metrología, Cesky Metrologicky Institut, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB, VSL B.V., Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Teknologisk Institut, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Agenzia Nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l’energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile, Institut national de l'environnement industriel et des risques ineris, Azienda Speciale Innovhub – Stazioni Sperimentaliper L’Industria, Technische Universiteit Delft, Universidad Carlos III De Madrid



Project website

Supports the UN sustainability goals

7. Affordable and clean energy

Contact person

Daniel Bäckström


+46 10 516 56 72

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