Carleton University’s Energy and Emissions Research Lab (EERL) conducts internationally renowned, highly-cited interdisciplinary research designed to understand, quantify, model, and mitigate airborne pollutant emissions associated with global upstream energy production.  Headed by Prof. Matthew Johnson, Canada Research Professor in Energy & Combustion Generated Pollutant Emissions, EERL combines advanced experimentation and simulation in both large-scale controlled lab experiments and field work, leveraging a range of advanced optical diagnostics and experimental capabilities unparalleled in Canada.

Some of our notable capabilities include large-scale combustion and emission measurement facilities and multi-component fuel handling systems, patent-pending sky-LOSA measurement systems for black carbon quantification in plumes, a comprehensive suite of portable and lab-based gas analysis and emissions measurement equipment, quantitative optical gas imaging (QOGI) capability, large scale combustion windtunnel testing (in collaboration with Western University), optical insertion probes for flare line measurements, sample extraction systems, tracer release and wind measurement systems, and the novel VentX technology for real-time quantification of methane flux from vents sources.

EERL is currently the lead institution of the NSERC FlareNet Strategic Network ( and boasts a diverse range of national and international supporters and collaborators including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC), the World Bank Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR) partnership, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), and Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC).