European satellites will map carbon emissions

The European Union will launch a satellite that will track and map carbon emissions. Based on these data, it will be possible to understand which country harms the environment more.

German manufacturer OHB-System has signed a € 445 million contract to build a satellite network for monitoring carbon emissions around the world. This initiative is needed so that all countries of the Paris Climate Agreement can learn detailed data on emissions.

The spacecraft is scheduled to launch in 2025. They will be equipped with Sentinels sensors that track everything from damage caused by earthquakes to the health of major food crops.

Several sensors will also be installed on the satellite to help extract the signal and differentiate anthropogenic gas sources from those emitted by natural processes.

The Paris Agreement requires countries to launch a satellite or satellite network by 2026. “Some of the optical devices are new and very sensitive, so we will have to follow the development of the devices and change them periodically. But, of course, we have to launch satellites by 2025”.

There are now six Sentinel satellite systems in orbit, which, among other things, track carbon emissions. The OHB-System will be more sensitive to emissions and help you monitor whether agreements are being followed.