PEER Locations

SYKE - Finnish Environment Institute (Finland) DCE - Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University (Denmark) EC JRC - European Commission, Joint Research Centre IRSTEA - National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (France) CEH - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (United Kingdom) Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra) UFZ - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Germany) CIENS - Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Research peer

Research Facility

The members of PEER run major research facilities, some of them unique. Please find below an overview of the facilties which are open to interested researchers.

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European Reference Laboratory for Air Pollution (ERLAP)

Centre running the infrastructure:

  • JRC

Type of facility:

  • Laboratory / high-end instrument

Short description:

The JRC's European Reference Laboratory for Air Pollution (ERLAP) contributes to the development and implementation of European Air Quality Directives.

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.

Scientific areas:

  • Atmosphere
  • Environment and Health


Annette Borowiak: annette.borowiak(at)