Copernicus Benefits


Since the entry into service of the first Copernicus satellite, Sentinel-1A, in 2014, the impacts of the programme have been widely felt. The programme brings economic, social, environmental and strategic benefits to the European EO downstream sector as well as to the wider community of final users. 

Some key benefits include:

  • Copernicus data supports various industries, creates new skilled jobs and helps to grow the European economy.
  • There are considerable cost savings from having a single EU programme, coordinating national initiatives.
  • Copernicus is a long-term investment in the well-being of our planet. With a regular and continuous observation of the Earth, we are better prepared to face environmental challenges and understand, mitigate and respond to climate change.
  • A vibrant Copernicus start-up scene is unfolding with hundreds of new ventures created using Copernicus data and information.
  • Thanks to Copernicus, Europe is less dependent on third-country data sources and can act as an autonomous international player.
  • Copernicus is crucial for Europe’s security – it provides satellite information for border and maritime surveillance, European external actions such as peacekeeping, and helps to build a safer future for all European citizens.

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Questions about Copernicus? Visit the Copernicus FAQ

Updated: May 16, 2023