Implementation of renewable energy and climate change related policies around the globe will require access to accurate, internationally recognized measurements and standards. These will be critical for both policy-making purposes as well as evaluating the impact of mitigation efforts. Such capabilities will be equally important for assessing the impact of energy and climate change policies on the economic development of each country. National Metrology Institutes (NMI) in each country need to be aware of the measurement and standards capabilities necessary for implementation of such policies, and must be able to ensure the quality and international acceptance of data on Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) measurements and characterization of renewable energy sources.
In the Americas, the Inter-American System of Metrology (SIM) has undertaken a major effort to strengthen the measurement and standards infrastructure in the hemisphere. This initiative will build on that effort by establishing a new focus to develop a robust infrastructure for renewable energy and climate science in each country; this effort would directly support the activities planned within Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA). ECPA established seven principles as its pillars including energy efficiency, renewable energy, cleaner and more efficient use of fossil fuels, energy infrastructure, etc. This initiative clearly addresses many of the ECPA pillars, and will facilitate the implementation of technologies and promote economic development in the region.