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. While achieving these goals is an uphill battle, looking up into space can definitely ease the climb.
"The EU Space Programme is an opportunity to rethink the way we do business today" says, EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa. "European industry, entrepreneurs, and user communities can rely on Earth observation, GNSS services and soon secured telecommunications to create smart solutions and serve new markets, fully aligned with the EU sustainability goals", he continues.
The green transformation of companies
While EU Space and the data and services it provides are important assets to supporting the implementation of the Green Deal, businesses stand to benefit too. For example, Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS supply the information companies need to monitor environmental indicators, reduce their environmental impact, become more sustainable and drive the green transformation.
Deforestation free supply chains
EU Space can prevent illegal logging – a major cause of deforestation. By flagging potential development and road construction happening within forests, Copernicus data helps authorities look for illegal activity and predict where such activity is most likely to occur. Authorities also use GNSS to track timber movements, which increases the transparency and traceability of the timber supply chain, reducing the likelihood that illegal exportation goes unnoticed.
Sustainable urban mobility
Space technology plays an important role in building sustainable urban transport networks. Not only can the use of EU Space reduce mobility-related emissions, it can help city planners build smarter, more efficient public transport systems. For instance, in Prague, trams are being equipped with Galileo-enabled satellite receivers to benefit from more precise localisation – opening the door to optimised journeys.
Go-to-areas for renewable energy
Choosing the right location for renewable energy infrastructure is a key prerequisite to efficient energy production. EU Space data makes finding the optimal site easier. Using information gathered from Copernicus’ satellites and atmospheric models, the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service produces global irradiation models that the renewable energy sector can use to make informed decisions on where to best place solar panels. Considering Copernicus’ ability to monitor wind and marine currents, similar applications can be used to optimise the location of wind turbines and tidal power generation plants.
An all-inclusive report by EUSPA
With climate change being one of the biggest challenges facing society today, industry is looking for new tools to help reduce their environmental impact and guide their sustainability journey.
To help companies utilise this data as a means of driving their own sustainability journeys, EUSPA has compiled the first #EUSpace for the Green Transformation report. In the following pages, we introduce the Green Deal, its implications for companies and, most importantly, how the EU Space Programme can help businesses become more sustainable.
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