European Climate Situation Room

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2020 saw states across the globe strengthen their resolve towards achieving carbon neutrality and speeding up the green transition. But while these commitments represent critical steps in the right direction, the world will continue to grapple with the outcomes of the climate emergency for years to come. Foresight will be crucial to mitigate the impacts. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) World Environment Room will be an important tool in this regard. Supported by EU-provided space data, this open and interactive platform is still in a trial phase, but already boasts numerous partners worldwide. Displaying statistics such as global temperature and CO2 levels, users also have the ability to check the licenses of mining concessions in Africa and observe the movement of plastic pollution in the ocean. The European Space Agency also has an interactive display room showing how space is used to inform civilian work in areas ranging from pollution to refugee camps. Such interactive data is vital for policymakers as they address issues of security, development cooperation, the environment and risk reduction. Could these approaches be used to inform a European Climate Situation Room, capable of enhancing responses and providing evidence to speed up decision-making?

This debate is part of Friends of Europe’s Making Space Matter initiative, in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA).


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Questions for discussion include:

  • How could a European Climate Situation Room be made viable both politically and monetarily?
  • What kind of data would be vital to such an undertaking’s success, and how might it rely on and support developments from other regions in the world?
  • How could such foresight analysis bring together the right mix of civil society and the public and private sectors?

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Christian Hoffmann

Founder and Managing Director of Geoville

Toni Tolker-Nielsen

Acting Director of the European Space Agency’s Earth Observations Programmes and Head of the European Space Research Institute

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Christian Hoffmann
Christian Hoffmann

Founder and Managing Director of Geoville

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An entrepreneur and Earth observation enthusiast, Christian Hoffmann is the founder and owner of the Austria-based company GeoVille Information Systems GmbH. After beginning his professional career working as an Earth observation (EO) and geographic information system (GIS) expert at Intergraph in the Netherlands, he went on to hold a position at the United Nations in New York. He later worked as a project manager at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Ispra, Italy. Since 1998, Hoffmann has run Geoville, a company specialising in EO and GIS services. Over the course of more than 22 years in operation, GeoVille has successfully accomplished more than 465 projects in 138 countries worldwide and has become a leading SME in Europe for land monitoring.

Toni Tolker-Nielsen
Toni Tolker-Nielsen

Acting Director of the European Space Agency’s Earth Observations Programmes and Head of the European Space Research Institute

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Toni Tolker-Nielsen has served at the European Space Agency for over 30 years. Starting off in the Technical Directorate, he went on to hold a number of leadership roles including as Head of the Industrial Monitoring Office and later implementing a profound reorganisation of the launcher sector – taking Ariane 5, a heavy-lift space launch vehicle, from its infancy to successful exploitation with more than 100 flights today. He later took up the post of Inspector General with a mandate to guarantee consistent, affordable, technical excellence within the Agency, and became member of ESA’s Executive Board in 2015, contributing to the overall strategy and management of the Agency and supporting the preparation of Ministerial Councils.

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