Year of Climate
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The Satellite Applications Catapult recognises the importance of the work we do in the fight against climate change and the development of a more sustainable future for our planet. Satellites are uniquely placed to monitor, measure and support decision making on climate impacts, and to help mankind mitigate the effects of human influence on earth.
This year, we are leading a wide range of focussed activities which demonstrate the innovative ways satellites can be used in the race against climate change. From monitoring greenhouse gases, sea-level rise, air and sea temperatures, to supporting disaster relief activities, satellite are an increasingly vital part of our shared future. Through our activities we will stimulate discussion, intervention and create long-lasting partnerships to work together to deliver the commitments made at COP26 in Glasgow.
As a business, we are also committed to achieving net-zero by 2030, and training and educating our staff on the impact of good environmental practices in all our work.
BLOG: How Can Cleaner Air Lead to a Cleaner, Healthier, and Safer Planet?
Our Business Manager for Health & Wellbeing, John Vesey, tells us why clean air is so important in limiting climate change, its effects on our health, and the role of space in a clean future.
Join us on 22 July for our first Year of Climate event
The Race to Net Zero: Actionable Steps Towards Innovating for Cleaner Air
In this virtual event, we will aim to answer the question: How can the space industry work together with industries, charities, and individuals to innovate for a zero-carbon future and create a cleaner, healthier, safer planet for us all?
We will hear from sustainability directors, innovators, and scientists on what they have learned about how they are working towards their sustainability goals and net-zero economies, and how they have been able to influence behavioural change in people and society for the planet.
What is COP26?
COP26 is the 2021 United Nations climate change conference.
For nearly three decades the UN has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits – called COPs – which stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’. In that time climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority.
This year will be the 26th annual summit – giving it the name COP26. With the UK as President, COP26 takes place in Glasgow.
In the run up to COP26 the UK is working with every nation to reach agreement on how to tackle climate change. More than 190 world leaders will arrive in Scotland. Joining them will be tens of thousands of negotiators, government representatives, businesses and citizens for twelve days of talks.
Not only is it a huge task but it is also not just yet another international summit. Most experts believe COP26 has a unique urgency.
What we’re planning this year
Our COP26 – The Year of Climate activities will build on a series of overlapping themes around the ways in which people, the climate crisis, and satellite technology interact with one another. This page will be the hub for all our activities, so check back regularly, and follow us on social media to get the latest updates as they happen.
We begin our activities with our first event on 22 July which looks at the challenges of pollution and clean air and how satellite technology can provide actionable solutions. We will then explore zero emission vehicles and climate friendly transport and how space plays a vital role in the development of these technologies and how these types of innovations contribute to global net zero targets.
We’ll explore how satellite data can be used to hold industry to account for the practices accelerating the climate crisis, and how asset managers and investors can leverage this information to support greener practices, and we’ll look at climate policy and how satellite information can be used to incite behavioural change
Over the last three years, we have been working on a project called CommonSensing and building on the insights we have gained here, we will look at global warming and rising sea levels and how we can monitor and provide insights on ocean temperature change, sea level rise, soil salinity, flooding, and weather effects, all from satellites.
Building on the work of our ForestMind project too, we will also explore the interface between climate policy and global supply chains for food and other resources such as timber. Satellites have a vital role to play in ensuring traceability and knowledge of the impacts on the environment of products we consume.
We’ll end our year by taking a view on the role of geospatial technologies in empowering communities to understand and prepare for change to come, and how that data can support applications to access climate finance from international sources.
By the end of the year, we’ll be able to look at the future, and understand what a climate-friendly future powered by satellites will mean.