Legal metrology and the environment
|We use measurements to obtain data which can then be used to help make the correct decisions to properly care for our environment|
Over recent years we have all witnessed environmental changes. Additional measurements must be made in many areas in order to accurately and correctly determine the sources of these changes. In order to make sound policy decisions, decision makers must have confidence in the measurements they use. A well-founded measurement system is an essential element to achieve accurate and traceable measurements which will meet with global acceptance. Essential factors for such a system are
In order to maintain a healthy environment, national environmental regulations are typically aligned with international agreements which in turn seek to ensure a globally harmonized approach. Adopting approaches that are based on sound measurements enables governments and industry to prove compliance with regulations and estimate the effects of climate change mitigation policies.
At the international level, the national measurement systems must be compatible and harmonized, and mutual confidence and mutual recognitions are necessary. The International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) and the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) coordinate the international network of national metrology institutes and national legal metrology authorities. This network provides the support required to ensure that quality environmental measurements are available.