Copernicus for the energy sector: a special insight for methane emission

The session on “Copernicus for the Energy sector” intends to bring together stakeholders of the Earth Observation (EO) and the Energy sectors, in view of highlighting the potential of Copernicus to contribute to current and emerging needs of the energy domain. The session will focus on information needs as regards the monitoring of Greenhouse gas emissions and will focus particular on Methane. Furthermore it will offer an overview of data and information available through Copernicus for the monitoring and forecasting of GHG emissions, in particular the methane emissions.

The objectives of the session are:

  • bring together stakeholders interested in the monitoring of greenhouse gases emissions, in particular Methane,
  • explore the potential contribution of space-based observations to address these monitoring needs.

The session would provide an overview of the state of play of the Copernicus Programme and provide an outlook for future capabilities. In particular as regards its capabilities to provide support to the monitoring activities of the energy sector and as an innovative tool to address EU policies. The session will further touch upon the capabilities of the Sentinel-5p satellite, launched in 2017, operationally providing a variety of air quality products on a daily basis at global scale. Sentinel-5p will be followed by Sentinel-5 and Sentinel-4 to guarantee a longterm monitoring of those parameters. The fleet of Copernicus satellites will also possibly include a dedicated satellite to monitor anthropogenic CO2 emissions. One of the objectives of the session is to better understand how these information could be of relevance to the energy sector and how they can contribute to a better monitoring of energy related policies implementation.


Deputy Head of Copernicus unit
Eurpean Commission - DG GROW
Deputy Director of Copernicus Services
Eurpean Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecast (ECMWF )
Senior Scientist & TROPOMI Principal Investigator
Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)
Principal Scientist Atmospheric Monitoring
Shell Global Solutions International
Managing Director for Research and Deputy Head of the Department of Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere
Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen