Belgium: At the EARSC competition, the UK-based Air and Space Evidence has been awarded with “European EO product of the year” title for developing the Waste from Space concept. The product developed by Air and Space Evidence will support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at national, regional and/or local levels, and the monitoring and reporting against the global indicator framework.
On the other hand, Planetek Italia was presented with the EARSC Company Achievement Award at the annual cocktail of the Association, held on 4th July in Brussels. The EARSC recognized Planetek Italia as a company that made the most significant contribution to the development of Earth Observation sector in Europe.
The criteria used for the selection of the winning company were:
- the successful development of EO services for a target market (sector or geographic)
- a strong contribution to a defining European programme (eg. Copernicus, Inspire, ESA projects, etc)
- exhibited good revenue and/or employment growth.
The SDGs are being launched with an emphasis on collecting data that will be extensive and specific enough to serve these needs. European Earth Observation industry can help achieve the SDGs by providing critical information on natural resources, government operations, public services, and population demographics.
That’s why EARSC decided to focus its 2017 Product award on the industry contribution to SDGs. During the whole process, 15 companies got interested in the award and 7 of them sent the required documentation.
EARSC recognized ‘Waste from Space‘ as winner of the context of the commercial product of the year, which supports the monitoring and reporting against SDGs in the most innovative way.
‘Waste from Space‘ is a new geo-information product which offers a much-needed intelligence gathering and analysis service to governments, investigating and providing evidence of one of the most significant global environmental problems, unlawful waste dumping sites.
The product, which was developed by Air and Space Evidence in 2017, is based on a semi-automated detection model utilizing Earth Observation data, enabling the company to offer an effective and commercially viable geospatial intelligence tool that can detect serious waste crime.
‘Waste from Space‘ successfully drives down the size of the waste crime problem by combating organized crime, ensure that much more waste/hazardous waste is subject to environmentally sound management in its life cycle push more waste to be treated properly and sustainably within the circular economy, and mean much less waste is not released illegally into the environment.