The Space Scotland Environmental task force is active in a range of initiatives. Here’s a taste of the sort of things we’ve been up to recently.
Space Sustainability Roadmap
The new strategy Space Sustainability, A Roadmap for Scotland, charts a path to a more sustainable Scottish space sector through a series of short, medium and long-term work packages. The roadmap was developed in consultation with leading international experts in space sustainability and stakeholders across the UK space sector, as well as extensive engagement with other industries that have embarked upon journeys towards a more environmentally conscious approach in support of Net Zero ambitions, in order to find relevant, transferable examples of effective practice.
Sustainable Space Challenges
In early 2021, the Sustainable Space Challenges campaign engaged representatives from environmental groups, academia, schools, government and the wider public to urge submissions of environmental and sustainability focussed challenges to the growing and developing UK space sector. The campaign received a high number of submissions that were analysed and rated by a judging panel consisting of organisations such as Friends of the Earth, NatureScot, the University of Texas at Austin and the European Space Agency.
Three challenges were selected and passed to space sector volunteers to explore collaboratively during a series of workshops, which would ultimately help to better evaluate the carbon footprint of the industry’s value chain; satellite manufacturing, launch vehicle production, spaceport activity and satellite data analysis, whilst engaging proactively with environmental groups to identify opportunities to make a positive contribution to wider Net Zero targets.
On June 23rd, the outcomes of the sectoral workshops were shared with challengers and the judging panel for feedback, in front of an online audience of over 400 live viewers.
The event was open to the public and hosted by science broadcaster Dallas Campbell and Dr. Suzie Imber, who highlighted the importance of ongoing collaboration around sustainable spacefaring and aim to establish next steps, as we look to COP26 and beyond.