Project: Traceability for mercury measurements

Mercury is highly toxic to humans, animals and the environment. Its long lifetime and ability to be transported in the air over large distances and accumulate in the ecosystem make it a pollutant of global concern. Human activity has increased mercury levels in the environment over the past 100 years. For example, mercury concentrations in indoor air have increased due to the use of certain types of energy-saving light bulbs. The assessment of its effects depends on accurate measurements of concentrations and trends over time. However, traceable measurements are lacking and new technologies are needed for the next generation of advanced mercury measurements. This project will develop a metrological infrastructure for mercury measurements in the environment to support European legislation as part of the treaty aimed at reducing global mercury emissions. New traceable measurements will enable better understanding of human and environmental exposure to mercury, trends in mercury concentrations and legislative requirements, improving human and economic health.

Acronym ENV51 MeTra (Reference Number: ENV51)
Duration 01/10/2014 - 30/09/2017
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
(after finalisation)
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Network EMRP
Call EMRP Call 2013 - Energy and Environment

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Laboratoire national de métrologie et d'essais Coordinator France
2 Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung Partner Germany
3 Institut Jožef Stefan Partner Slovenia
4 LGC Limited Partner United Kingdom
5 NPL Management Limited Partner United Kingdom
6 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Partner Germany
7 Suomen ymparistokeskus Partner Finland
8 Turkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu Partner Türkiye
9 Umweltbundesamt Partner Germany
10 VSL B.V. Partner Netherlands
11 Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche Italy
12 Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique France