Under its Policy Observatory, EARSC is monitoring relevant EU policies and advocating for increased use of the EO services to support policy-makers.
EARSC gathers the inputs of its members on how the downstream EO sector can contribute to various EU initiatives. These statements, reflecting the industry's views and recommendations, are submitted in response to the European Commission's open consultations with the objective to include EO capabilities in support of the achievements of European policies.
The Commission for Environment, Climate change and Energy (ENVE) of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is working on an opinion on "European Green Deal and Health". EARSC is contributing to the written stakeholder consultation
The United Nations Common Agenda proposes a Global Digital Compact to be agreed upon at the Summit of the Future in September 2024 through a technology track involving all stakeholders.
Earth observation (EO) is a powerful instrument to support the reporting on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). EARSC booklet gathers an example of EO services supporting the 2030 Agenda. (Extract Nov 2022). Visit the online version at this link.
|European Critical Raw Materials Act|
|EU forests – new EU Framework for Forest Monitoring and Strategic Plans (Consultation - survey to fine-tune the initiative)|
|Contribution to the Hybrid Stakeholder Consultation on the CoR opinion on the EU Nature Restoration Law|
|Count your transport emissions – ‘CountEmissions EU’|
|Update of the EU maritime security strategy and its action plan|
|Certification of carbon removals- EU rules|
|EC New rules to prevent methane leakage in the energy sector|
|EU Solar Energy initiative|
|Soil health – protecting, sustainably managing and restoring EU soils|
|Revising the EU rules on illegal discharges from ships|
|EARSC Green Deal Terms of Reference|
|Count your transport emissions- "CountEmissions EU"|
|EU Strategy for Space Traffic Management|
|EU renewable energy rules- review|
|Air quality - revision of EU rules|
|Sustainable EU Food system- new initiative|
Position papers are powerful tools to gather the collective views and concerns of the industry and make these known to external stakeholders, in order to bring about positive changes that benefit the industry. The EARSC Position papers reflect the industry views and provide recommendations on a specific topic, which is relevant to the sector.
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In the context of the activities carried out by the Defence and Civil Security Working Group, EARSC has produced a Position paper on the European Union's action plan to strengthen its security and defence policy by 2030.
The European Commission is currently working on a roadmap to address the modernisation strategy of Copernicus. EARSC has produced a Position paper on the evolution of Copernicus presenting the industry's views on the 3 pillars: 1- Digitalisation 2-Contribution to the Green Deal 3- Security/Resilience.
|The European Earth Observation (EO) Services industry welcomes the ambitious objectives set by the New European Forest Strategy alongside other EU Policy initiatives aiming at improving the quantity and quality of Europe's forests by 2030. Earth Observation capabilities, by delivering near-real time, consistent and tree-level information of the world's forests are a crucial tool to deliver Europe's forests goals. EARSC members are convinced that the urgency to act calls for action; it can be done now, at scale and with unprecedented precision, at high-cost efficiency. Against this context, the EARSC Position Paper on forest management (attached) strongly advocates for the systematic integration of EO data and services as operational tools in the design, implementation and evaluation of all ongoing and upcoming legislative and policy initiatives in the field of environmental protection, with particular regards to forests, biodiversity and the sustainability of supply chains.|
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EARSC letters are short documents providing the industry views on a policy initiative or legislation with the objective to target specific stakeholders (MEPs, Council attachés etc). In the context of a Proposal for Regulation/Directive, the letters provide our suggestions for amendments to the text.
The European Association of Remote Sensing Companies, (EARSC) is a trade association with more than 140 company members from all over Europe. EARSC represents the Earth Observation (EO) industry. EARSC very much welcomes the efforts of the European Commission to harmonise the EU approach to safety, sustainability, and resilience and ensure the long-term longevity of the European space domain. As such, we have prepared the attached letter to express the views of our association and our members.
|November 2023||EARSC response to the EC Mid-term evaluation of the Space Programme|
|March 2023||EARSC letter to MEPs on the position of the Proposal for a Regulation for a certification framework for carbon removals|
|July 2022||EARSC letter to MEPs on the position of the EU Regulation on methane emissions reduction in the energy sector and amending Regulation (EU) 2019/942|
EARSC letter to MEPs on the EU Regulation on Deforestation-free Products
Annex 1: Earth Observation Technological Feasibility Assessment “Proposal for a Regulation on Deforestation-free Products” by Article
Technical feasibility assessment documents provide details (resolution, frequency…) on how the EO capabilities can be used in the context of a specific policy area/legislation. These documents are useful to explain the extent and scope of the EO technology.
EARSC Technical Feasibility Assessment
EARSC has updated a technical feasibility document with additional information on the role that satellites can play in the Proposal on methane emissions reduction in the energy sector. The new updates include references to the MRV (Monitoring Reporting Verification) that could include all technologies: satellites, drones and in-situ measurement and a proposal for a Tier monitoring Approach.
Example of Catalogue of Earth Observation Services and Products for Local and Regional Authorities.
The Strategic Roadmap developed under the FIREFORUM project reflects the research and innovation strategy, with the EC and Member State funding agencies in mind as the prime audience. Download the pdf version of the road map for the following sectors:
|November 2022||Earth observation (EO) is a powerful instrument to support the reporting on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This booklet gathers an example of EO services supporting the 2030 Agenda. (Extract Nov 2022). Visit the online version at this link.|
EARSC discussion document on Soil Health responding to some of the elements of the consultation. The document highlights operational solutions currently provided by EO capabilities responding to land management practices' needs in the context of soil health.
In the context of the Proposal on methane emissions reduction in the energy sector, EARSC is convinced that the Regulation should include satellite-based data and services, such as Copernicus data, for the measurement, reporting and verification of energy sector methane emissions. In order to better understand the current state of the technology with the existing operational solutions as well as the potential of satellite capabilities, we have prepared a technological feasibility assessment document
Support letter for EU - MEPs & Council. Earth Observation Technological Feasibility Assessment “Proposal for a Regulation on Deforestation-free Products"
|Nov 2021||Examples of Earth Observation-Based Services for the EU Forestry Strategy|
|DATE||TOPIC||EARSC Technical feasibility assessment|
Examples of Earth Observation Based Services for the EU Forestry Strategy
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