A Devex event in partnership with Catapult

A voyage to net zero: How space-based technologies can deliver the Glasgow Climate Pact

February 3, 2022 — 10:00 a.m. ET | 3:00 p.m. GMT


About the Event

Resulting from the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference in November, the Glasgow Climate Pact offers the best and final chance to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. However, everyone must step up efforts to deliver on its ambitious — and necessary — commitments. The pact identifies key areas for action on climate change, including adaptation, mitigation, loss and damage, and climate finance, as well as technology transfer and capacity-building.

The space sector is uniquely placed to aid progress across all these areas — especially in driving the adoption of innovative tools to inform climate-based decision-making. Space technologies can also track emission levels as countries move toward their midcentury targets, helping to hold governments and companies to account.

To limit warming to 1.5 C, the world must lower carbon dioxide emissions by 45% by 2030 and data insights must drive action toward significant reductions. Close collaboration with the space sector will be key in enabling scalable, impactful solutions.

This event, hosted by Devex in partnership with the Satellite Applications Catapult, will look at how the space sector can drive forward the key action areas identified at COP 26, as well as accelerate the introduction of new solutions to the increasingly urgent climate crisis.

Save your spot Thursday, February 3, 2022, at 10 am ET | 3pm GMT

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10:00 a.m. ET

Opening Remarks
• Vince Chadwick, Brussels Correspondent, Devex

10:05 a.m. ET

Fireside chat with Youth Activist

• Vince Chadwick, Brussels Correspondent, Devex

11:15 a.m. ET

Panel Discussion


• Simonetta Di Pippo , Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, and Co-chair of the Global Future Council on Space at the World Economic Forum
• Nick Wise, CEO, OceanMind
• Lucy Edge, Chief Operating Officer, Satellite Applications Catapult

• Vince Chadwick, Brussels Correspondent, Devex

11:55 a.m. ET

Closing Remarks

• Vince Chadwick, Brussels Correspondent, Devex


Lucy Almond

Simonetta Di Pippo

Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, and Co-chair of the Global Future Council on Space at the World Economic Forum

Simonetta Di Pippo is Director of UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), a position which sees her lead the Office’s strategic, policy and programmatic activities and advising the UN Secretary-General on space affairs. Prior to joining UNOOSA, she served as Director of Human Spaceflight at the European Space Agency, and previously also as Director of the Observation of the Universe at the Italian National Space Agency, ASI. She is an Academician of IAA and a member of WEF Global Future Council on Space Technologies since 2016 and its co-chair since 2020. She co-founded Women in Aerospace Europe in 2009 and in 2017 became a UN International Gender Champion.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Astrophysics and Space Physics from University “La Sapienza”, and Honoris Causa Degree in Environmental Studies, and an Honoris Causa Degree of Doctor in International Affairs. Ms. Di Pippo was knighted by the President of the Italian Republic in 2006 and, in 2008, the International Astronomical Union assigned the name "dipippo" to asteroid 21887 in recognition of her efforts in space exploration. She was also featured in a publication HERstory: A Celebration of Leading Women in the United Nations, a tribute to women’s participation in the development of the UN. Among other awards, she was awarded the Hubert Curien Award in 2018 as the first woman laureate.

Nick Wise

Nick Wise

Nick Wise, CEO, OceanMind

Nick Wise is founder and CEO of OceanMind, a non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans. Using satellites and artificial intelligence, OceanMind powers effective fisheries enforcement and enables more responsible seafood sourcing, increasing compliance and sustainability. Building on this success, OceanMind is now developing AI to detect modern slavery on the oceans, particularly in fisheries, and to detect the desecration of war graves through unauthorised undersea salvage.

Nick has been designing large scale, highly secure software solutions for over 20 years, using innovative techniques focused on market needs. Before joining the ranks of social entrepreneurship, Nick’s journey saw him starting an Internet security business, as CTO of a mature SME, and managing product development in a billion-dollar multinational. As a DRK Entrepreneur, Nick now empowers people to solve global issues with technology.

Lucy Edge

Lucy Edge

Chief Operating Officer, Satellite Applications Catapult

As Chief Operating Officer of the Satellite Applications Catapult Lucy is responsible for supporting enterprises across the UK in understanding and exploiting the potential of space and satellites to create opportunities and transform businesses..

With a background in Physics and Engineering, Lucy’s career to date has involved the launch of satellites from a few kilograms to a few tonnes, building a satellite operations centre in West Cornwall and setting up the Disruptive Innovation for Space Centre with the Catapult team. Lucy is vice chair of the board of The Royal Mencap Society, a non-executive director on the board of the Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership and chair of a space tech start- up.

She is an ardent believer in the Catapult vision “To innovate for a better world, empowered by satellites”. Many see the growing space industry as a potential source of economic growth; Lucy also sees it as a way of improving the future for everyone, and of building connections between people and communities that will transform the way we relate to each other.

Vince Chadwick

Vince Chadwick

Brussels Correspondent, Devex

Vince Chadwick is the Brussels Correspondent for Devex. He covers the EU institutions, member states, and European civil society. A law graduate from Melbourne, Australia, he was social affairs reporter for The Age newspaper, before moving to Europe in 2013. He covered breaking news, the arts and public policy across the continent, including as a reporter and editor at POLITICO Europe.