From helping curb CO2 emissions to fighting illegal logging, Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus are a decisive resource of the European Union in the fight against climate change. EUSPA is launching an awareness raising campaign on the contribution of the Union’s space assets and services to the European Green Deal. Will you join us?
In late 2019, the European Commission presented the European Green Deal, a pact that sets out the path for the Union to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 while ensuring sustainable economic growth and a just and inclusive transition for citizens and businesses. With a visionary outlook, and unaware of what 2020 had in store, the European Green Deal looked at climate challenges also as opportunities for growth and resilience.
The EU Green Deal looks to strengthen certain policy areas ranging from biodiversity and sustainable agriculture to clean energy and sustainable mobility among others. Curbing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 is the overarching goal of this ambitious endeavour followed by minimizing the Union’s reliance on resource exploitation while still achieving growth.
EU Space and Green Deal go hand in hand
The intertwining between climate action, sustainable mobility, economic growth and space services is not new but it is gaining momentum as the Union is investing in and relying more on its EU Space Programme for the definition of its green and digital policies.
Positioning, navigation and timing services from Galileo, and EGNOS, have been central to rolling out next-generation applications and services in a vast array of fields such as smart farming, while also contributing to the reduction of road emissions and those of aviation through route optimization. Galileo has a role to play in the energy sector, through the robust synchronization of energy networks and smart grids that help distribute energy also from renewable sources.
Copernicus, the world’s most advanced Earth Observation system has been a precious tool at the fingertips of EU policy makers thanks to the data and services offered by its various climate, land, sea and air monitoring services. The system was recently upgraded with the Copernicus Sentinel 6, a state-of the-art satellite that provides vital information on ocean currents, wind speed and wave height for maritime safety. The data are also important for protecting and managing the increasingly busy coastal zones.
The new EU Space Programme is an opportunity for pushing the boundaries and creating synergies between the space components and services to fuel the EU Green Deal. European industry, entrepreneurs, and user communities can rely on Earth observation, GNSS services and telecommunications to create smart solutions and serve new markets, fully aligned with the EU sustainability goals.
Within the context of the "Fit for 55" package, the Von der Leyen Commission published on 14 July its plan the EU's 2030 climate target on the way to climate neutrality. Accelerating Europe’s access to space is pivotal to enable both our green and digital transition. EUSPA is committed to linking space to users’ needs, designing services that anticipate trends and stimulate innovation and growth.
Starting on Monday 19 July 2021, join the “#EUSpace 4 our Planet’’ campaign, and help us raise awareness on the contribution of the EU Space Programme to the EU Green Deal. The campaign will address three thematic areas of the EU Green Deal where space is a true enabler: "Building a sustainable future", "Safeguarding our ecosystems", "Green and digital transformation".
Stay tuned for the first two episodes of our campaign!
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