Solving Sustainability Issues on Earth, in Space and Beyond
Day: Tuesday 20 September
Time: 10:15 - 11:05 CEST
Location: Room N01, Level 3, Hall 7, Paris Convention Centre
Water scarcity, power shortages and global warming are some of the many sustainability issues facing us on Earth. Saudi Arabia, located in a dry desert, has managed to, for example, solve its water scarcity issues through mass-scale desalination and has recently made a commitment to spending over USD$ 187 B towards the growth of a green economy through its Saudi Green Initiative (SGI), with the ambitious goals of achieving the following by 2030:
- Reducing emissions by as much as 278 million tons per annum (Mtpa),
- Cutting global methane emissions by 30%,
- Planting 450 million trees, and
- Rehabilitating 8 million hectares of degraded lands.
Ultimately, this will allow Saudi Arabia to achieve net zero emissions by 2060 through a Carbon Circular Economy approach.
Saudi Arabia recognizes the enormous responsibility we as humans have towards the preservation and use of outer space, the Moon, and Mars. While we attempt to solve sustainability issues facing us here on earth, we must also be proactive in identifying similar solutions applicable for use in outer space and within future settlements on the Moon and Mars. In this session, we will engage experts from around the world to share their unique knowledge and experience on how we can translate our sustainability efforts on Earth, to space and beyond.
This session is organized by:
Frans VON DER DUNK
Harvey and Susan Perlman Alumni, Othmer Chair of Space Law, College of Law, University of Nebraska-Lincoln