Held around the time that the new European Commission and Parliament take office, this invitation-only dinner debate looks at the importance of Europe’s space programme for climate action. The European Space Agency plans to launch a fleet of satellites that will monitor carbon dioxide emissions across the planet in 2025. The satellites will create the first worldwide system to track polluters, making it possible to observe emissions down to city scale. As funding is dependent on the EU budget, the European Commission and Parliament have the chance to boost the competitiveness of Europe’s space programme and address climate change at the same time.
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After 20 years of negotiations, 195 countries signed the Paris Agreement to limit global warming well below 2°C above pre-industrial level by the end of the century. The focus now moves to design and implementation, and success will depend on the support and contribution of all – including industries, member-states, regions, cities and citizens.
Welcome cocktail and registration of participants
Europe’s space programme has a long-standing competitive advantage. Earth observation has an enormous potential to improve our predictive vision of the changing climate. Understanding how space programmes can help EU policies in various sectors is of great importance, whether it is for energy production forecasting, agriculture and crop prediction, development policy and security, or climate change adaptation. It is crucial that Europe continues to invest in space programmes to truly develop our knowledge of human interferences in natural climate cycles and thus help prevent hazardous situations. Reducing risks through a better understanding of space is critical to adapt to climate change and better inform ourselves about its impacts.
- Can Europe deliver a strong space programme that both provides support to the most vulnerable countries and reduces its own risks?
- How can Europe continue to invest in its space programme and what are the benefits for the climate economy?
- How can the EU space programme help Europe achieve its climate and energy targets?
Dharmendra Kanani, Director of Insights at Friends of Europe
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This dinner debate is by invitation only.
Raphaël Danglade, Programme Manager
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