Decarbonization is the process of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), to mitigate the impact of climate change. Space-based data, supported by digital terrestrial technologies, can play a critical role in this process by providing information about the distribution and intensity of emissions, as well as the effects of climate change.
Objectives of the Service
There is an unprecedented need to achieve sustainable, green, and inclusive economic growth to meet the challenge of decarbonizing our economies. Various actors, including governments, companies, and other organizations, have started to adopt emission reduction targets to achieve this goal. There is an urgent need to establish space as a key pillar to contribute to the decarbonization challenge facing society.
This enabling study will help to understand the opportunities for space systems upstream (enhanced/new mission concept), downstream (space-based products/services), and/or the integration of new technological developments such as AI, IoT, Digital Twins for SatCom, SatEO, and SatNav in support of decarbonization and guide next steps on the most relevant priorities and topics to be addressed. It will provide context and the most urgent actions to be taken in the context of the Green Value and Sustainable Mobility Opportunity with an emphasis on energy and utilities, buildings, and food production.
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Users and their needs
Decarbonization requirements in the food production sector include:
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and livestock farming
- Improving energy efficiency
- Reducing food waste
- Promoting sustainable agriculture
- Improving water efficiency
- Implement sustainable sourcing
Overall, the decarbonization of the food production sector requires a holistic approach that takes into account the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the improvement of energy and water efficiency, the reduction of food waste, and the promotion of sustainable agriculture, packaging, and, procurement practices.
The study was kicked off in January 2023 and it will run for nine months. A workshop on decarbonization will be organized on 17 & 18 April 2023 at the Euro Space Centre in Transinne, Belgium. Aimed at gathering needs and requirements, the workshop will be an important step toward the creation of a global plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change. The workshop aims to bring together stakeholders from the sectors (Food Production, Buildings, Energy, and, Utilities), including government agencies, the space industry, NGOs, and, the scientific community, to discuss the challenges and opportunities related to decarbonization.
Some of the main objectives of this workshop could be the following
- Assess the current status of decarbonization efforts and identify gaps and challenges that need to be addressed.
- Gather information on the data and information needs of stakeholders involved in decarbonization efforts.
- Identify key areas where additional data and information are needed to support decarbonization efforts.
- Identify opportunities for collaboration among stakeholders to support decarbonization efforts.
- Overview of space-based applications for decarbonization.
- Develop a roadmap for future decarbonization efforts that takes into account the needs and requirements of all stakeholders.
The results of this workshop could provide valuable input for the development of a global decarbonization plan and help ensure that efforts are targeted, effective, and well-supported by the necessary data and information.