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Accreditation and Quality Assurance

, Volume 10, Issue 7, pp 327–337 | Cite as

The role of metrology in making chemistry sustainable

  • Günther Meinrath
  • Margarete Kalin
General Paper

Sustainable development is the new design of an old concept, now emerging from the acute endangering of our habitat. Coined by the Brundlandt Commission in 1987, sustainable development was defined as ‘Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’ (World commission on Environment and Development, Our Common Future, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1987). It appeared on the world stage during the UNO Earth Summit in Rio, 1992. Sustainability became the key term of the ‘Agenda 21’ (United Nations Conference for Education and Development, Earth Summit, Agenda 21, The United Nations Programme of action for Sustainable Development, United Nations, New York, 1992). The ‘Agenda 21’ is adopted by 178 states, although to date not all signatories have ratified the Agenda. Sustainable solutions should aim to harmonize ecological equilibrium, economic stability, and social harmony. But in the course of the years, the interpretation of the concept became more and more complicated and its context is becoming fuzzy.

Keywords

Measurement Uncertainty International Standard Organisation Metrological Traceability Metrological System International Measurement Evaluation Programme 
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Notes

Acknowledgement

The authors are indebted to P. de Bièvre for his substantial critical comments on the manuscript and P. Spitzer (PTB Braunschweig) for the discussions. We thank CAMECO (Canada) for providing the monitoring data from Rabbit Lake mine in Northern Saskatewan. We are grateful to Brenda Stanek from Northern Saskatewan Research Council (Canada) for providing the documentation an QA/QC procedures of the Inorganic Analytical Laboratory of the Saskatewan Research Council, Saskatoon.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.RER Consultants PassauSchiessstattweg 3aSchiessstattwegPassau
  2. 2.Institute of Inorganic ChemistryTechnische Universität Bergakademie FreibergFreibergGermany
  3. 3.Boojum Research Technologies Ltd.TorontoCD

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