Entering a new climate dimension with space

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Entering a new climate dimension with space


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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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.

  • How can Europe leverage its space programmes to improve global security and reduce climate-related risks?
  • How do we ensure Europe is able to continue investing in and benefitting from its space programmes?
  • How can various stakeholders, including industry and civil society, benefit from current and future EU space programmes?


Dharmendra Kanani

Director of Insights at Friends of Europe

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