Major research issues/sites:
The need to refer to an independent laboratory on questions of air pollution monitoring led to the creation of the European Reference Laboratory for Air Pollution (ERLAP) of the IES Air and Climate Unit. ERLAP contributes to the development and correct implementation of Air Quality Directives in Europe.
Short technical description:
The highly specialised laboratory works on the harmonisation and standardisation of measurement techniques, carries out measurement campaigns with mobile laboratories in areas of particular interest, analyses the chemical composition of toxic and carcinogenic compounds in air pollution and develops reference and equivalent measurement methods to provide support to the European Commission’s air quality policy. The laboratory organises inter-comparisons for gaseous and particulate air pollutants for National Air Quality Reference Laboratories.
centre running the infrastructure:
JRC - European Commission - Joint Research Centre
type of facility:
Laboratory / high-end instrument
Annette Borowiak: annette.borowiak(at)jrc.ec.europa.eu