European space sector commits: Earth is ours, we must cherish it
by Staff Writers
Paris (ESA) Nov 23, 2022
ESA and 22 other European space actors have come together to sign a "Statement for a Responsible Space Sector". Space exploration has allowed us to look back on our planet in a way that no human could imagine before, revealing a fragile world with limited resources. As today's statement explains, the responsibility to take care of our planet extends to and depends on, our actions in space.
ESA is honoured to collaborate with space stakeholders in the signature of this Statement for a Responsible Space Sector, which makes clear:
"Our objective is to provide a foundation for the sustainable, long-term economic development of the space sector and to increase the contribution of space activities to the sustainable development of society."
For decades space has been part of our critical infrastructure and increasingly more of the daily activities of nations and individuals depend on satellites in orbit. Our understanding of human health has been deepened by Space Station research, new economic markets have opened, jobs have been created and we continue to be inspired by the new perspective space science opens on the universe and our place in it.
"In recent years, the benefits of space exploration have become starkly clear like no time before," says ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher.
"Our Earth-observing satellites continue to reveal the worrying nature of our changing climate, through detailed images of natural disasters and extreme weather events that damage societies and take lives."
"Space activity is fundamental to taking care of our people and our planet, and in return, we must be responsible in how we behave in space. ESA is aiming at zero debris by 2030".
Today, European space actors commit to the long-term sustainability of space projects and pave the way for socially and environmentally responsible management of all activities within the space sector, for the purpose of fighting against climate change and preserving life and resources for future generations.
As the statement describes, "There is only one planet that we may call home, and we must take care of it."
Europe's vision for the space sector
Five principles for space activity
- For fair and responsible governance
- For the benefit to all of society
- For fair access to outer space, its preservation and peaceful exploration
- For the preservation of our natural environment on Earth and remediation of damages caused to our planet
- And for a fair society and improved wellbeing of all
Underpinned by European values
- Identity and Inclusiveness
- Creativity and Curiosity
Real steps towards a responsible space sector
With this in mind, working groups on the topics of 'Decarbonisation of the space sector', 'Responsible procurement' and 'LCA (Life-Cycle Assessment) and green technologies for space systems' have been setup and are producing valuable outputs. Other key topics remain to be tackled, upon which the Statement offers a unique framework to act.
The critical issues of climate change, responsibility and the protection of our planet not only underpin this gathering and agreement, but also ESA's own goals and ambitions being put forward at this year's ESA Council at Ministerial level in Paris.
From the first-ever mission to remove a piece of debris from orbit, Clearspace-1, to 'in-orbit servicing' and ESA's upcoming 'zero debris approach', ESA is taking a leading role in cleaning up our orbits and protecting our unique view on Earth.
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