Black Carbon

What is Black Carbon?

Black carbon (BC), airborne soot-like carbon particles, is a highly impactful pollutant emitted from incomplete combustion processes like burning fossil fuels, biomass, and waste. Among man-made contributors to global climate warming, the effect of BC is the second-largest behind carbon dioxide. Not only does BC contribute to climate change, but it also poses significant risks to respiratory health, and negatively affects air quality on both local and global scales.

Why monitor black carbon emissions?

Climate Change Mitigation
Black carbon has a high global warming potential, absorbing sunlight and warming the atmosphere.
Health Impact
Exposure to black carbon can lead to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.
Regulatory Compliance
Adhering to environmental standards and regulations often requires precise monitoring of air pollutants.

Advanced monitoring solutions to combat black carbon emissions

Acoem Met One’s black carbon monitoring solutions and expertise help you take control of black carbon emissions. We empower you to make informed decisions and implement effective strategies for reducing this potent pollutant. Understanding and controlling black carbon concentrations is vital for improving air quality and protecting public health. By employing effective monitoring solutions, we can track pollution sources, assess exposure risks, and implement strategies to reduce emissions.

Understanding and addressing the sources of black carbon

Black carbon, a by product of incomplete combustion, is a significant pollutant with far-reaching impacts on both health and the environment. Identifying and understanding the primary sources of black carbon emissions is crucial for developing effective mitigation strategies.

Major Sources of Black Carbon

  • Fossil Fuel Combustion: Power plants, industrial processes, and residential heating using coal, oil, and natural gas.
  • Biomass Burning: Agricultural practices, forest fires, and the use of wood and charcoal for cooking and heating.
  • Diesel Engines: Emissions from transportation, including trucks, buses, and ships.
  • Waste Incineration: The burning of municipal and industrial waste.
  • Industrial Processes: Specific processes such as cement production and metal smelting.

Black Carbon monitoring solutions

To effectively measure and manage black carbon concentrations, various black carbon monitoring solutions are available. Portable black carbon monitors are ideal for on-the-go air quality assessments. These devices offer flexibility and ease of use for field studies and urban monitoring. Some of our devices can be used for stationary purpose installation in laboratories or weatherproof enclosures with other equipment.

BC 1054


BC 1060 & BC 1065


C-12 Portable Black Carbon Monitor


We designed our black carbon monitoring systems to meet any requirement

Multiwavelength carbon monitoring & analysis
Research grade, robust dependable instruments
Rack-mounted or portable/remote options
Connect & share real - time, load compensated data
Protect public health & safety
Weatherproof enclosure & solar-powered

The importance of monitoring black carbon concentrations

Monitoring black carbon emissions is essential for understanding their sources and impacts. Our black carbon monitoring solutions, such as portable black carbon monitors and tape-based carbon monitors BC 1060 and C12, provide accurate and real-time data. This information is critical for implementing effective reduction strategies, improving air quality, and mitigating climate change. By monitoring black carbon concentrations and trends, we can take informed actions towards a cleaner and healthier environment.

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