• Airbus Defence and Space Services’ greenhouse gas emissions measurement service is among business initiatives included in the Climate and Energy Action Hub, that was presented during the Caring for Climate Business Forum at COP19 in Warsaw
• This new monitoring service will allow governments, cities and local authorities to directly measure effectiveness of their emission reduction policies
• Airbus Defence and Space Services has already begun emissions mapping in Paris and Rotterdam, following initial testing in London
21 November 2013 – A recently launched greenhouse gas emissions measurement service from Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company, has been included in the Climate and Energy Action Hub, an interactive platform to encourage companies to collectively provide technologies, resources, services, business models and other types of support to scale up worldwide climate and energy efforts.
Airbus Defence and Space’ project is among nearly 20 collaborative projects included in the Action Hub, which was presented at the first ever Caring for Climate Business Forum, which took place 19-20 November 2013, at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) in Warsaw.
This unique commercially available service measures greenhouse gas emission levels from the ground, air and space, thereby achieving unprecedented accuracy for helping policymakers target specific areas and gauge the effectiveness of reduction policies.
Effectively monitoring and controlling greenhouse gas emissions is crucial for both reducing harmful emissions and promoting the use of green, low carbon technologies. Airbus Defence and Space’ participation in the Climate and Energy Action Hub will shine a spotlight on the importance of the company’s work for governments, cities and local authorities, which up until now only had access to statistical assessments of greenhouse gas concentrations.
By using Airbus Defence and Space’ greenhouse gas emissions measurement service, governments, city councils and local authorities will be able to complement their emissions reports such as those required by international legislation with independent data and, above all, to assess the effectiveness of their emission reduction policies.
Airbus Defence and Space tested out the first citywide greenhouse gas measurement demonstrator in London in the summer of 2012. The company successfully created emission maps based on data from satellites and aerial measurements, as well as from four ground sensors positioned around the city.
Experience gained from the London trial is now being tested out by applying the service to Paris and Rotterdam, where Airbus Defence and Space and its partners are once again measuring greenhouse gases (methane, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide) drawing on data from a network of sensors on the ground and from aerial campaigns.
Measurements in such trials are assimilated with an atmospheric model to create emissions maps detailing main sources and sinks. These measurements could have a significant impact on overall greenhouse gas emission reduction policy implementation given that cities are the largest sources of CO2 emissions.
Launched at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in September 2013, the Climate and Energy Action Hub was developed by Caring for Climate – which is led by the UN Global Compact, the UN Environment Programme and the secretariat of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
As a leading satellite system specialist, Airbus Defence and Space has extensive expertise and operational mission experience in the field of environmental and climate satellites. Airbus Defence and Space is studying MERLIN (Methane Remote Sensing Lidar Mission) the MicroCarb mission for CNES, the French space agency, and the CarbonSat mission, vying to be the eighth Earth Explorer mission of the European Space Agency’s Earth observation programme, with the aim of assessing CO2 fluxes between carbon sources and sinks and to improve our knowledge of carbon sinks.
About Airbus Defence and Space
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Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the second in the world. It is the only global company that covers the full range of civil and defence space systems, equipment and services.
In 2012, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover over €5.8 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide.
Its three business units are: Airbus Defence and Space, the European prime contractor for launchers, orbital systems and space exploration; Airbus Defence and Space, a leading provider of satellite system solutions, including spacecraft, ground segments, payloads and equipments; Airbus Defence and Space, the Space services partner for critical missions, providing comprehensive fixed and mobile solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.
Airbus Defence and Space is a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2012, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of €56.5 billion and employed a workforce of over 140,000.
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