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This project aims to provide a holistic assessment of the contribution of the Satcom industry to global sustainable development, considering economical, societal and environmental aspects. From this assessment the study shall investigate less environmentally damaging mission and technology solutions, and propose business opportunities for new Satcom systems to enable sustainable developments.
Satellite communications can result in positive and negative impacts on important environmental, social and economic outcomes. Understanding the nature of, and tradeoffs between, these issues is increasingly important, including due to global and European policies that seek to balance these outcomes (e.g. pursuing low-carbon economic growth). It can inform future approaches to minimising negative impacts while enhancing beneficial ones, and therefore shape commercial approaches to developing the contribution of Satcom to sustainable development.
The primary benefit is expected to be a better understanding of the contribution of satellite communications to sustainable development (SD), including:
eftec have assembled a team with international expertise in sustainable development (SD) issues, including application to the ICT sector, and Satcom manufacture and operation.
The study starts by looking at frameworks for assessing SD, and will then apply this information to Satcom activity. It will do this firstly by defining ways of measuring SD impacts from the use of Satcom through key performance indicators and externalities, and secondly by considering the system architectures that deliver these impacts.
This information will be brought together in an SD impact assessment for Satcom. The impact assessment will then provide the basis for identification of value chains for delivering improved SD outcomes from Satcom, and a SWOT analysis of the issues covered.
Six technical notes will be produced detailing each work package in the study.
The following will be carried out over the nine months of the project:
The planned work schedule for the project is illustrated in the figure below.
Dissemination of this study’s results to relevant stakeholders needs to build on an awareness of the extent of SD knowledge within the Satcom sector. Similarities with ICT mean it makes sense for the Satcom industry to become more involved with ICT related SD.