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Eutelsat Sets Out Ambitious Environmental Targets

By Mark Holmes | October 20, 2023

Inauguration du nouveau siege d’Eutelsat a Issy Les Moulineaux.

Eutelsat hopes to be leading the charge for satellite companies as they look to reduce their carbon impact. The operator, announced, Oct. 19 that it has set itself some ambitious targets to reduce the environmental impact of all its operations, aligning itself with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Eutelsat said by 2030, it expects to be reducing its energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scopes 1+2) by 50 percent compared to the 2021 baseline year. Eutelsat will shortly submit these targets to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), in order to provide an independent assessment and validation of these targets.

In addition, the Eutelsat is launching a detailed re-assessment of its Scope 3 emissions to be conducted in 2024. Since 2021 Eutelsat has been reporting its full Scope 3 emissions, including the impact of the GEO satellite fleet. In the future, and following the integration of OneWeb in its operations, Eutelsat will enhance its Scope 3 calculations to include the LEO satellite constellation and the associated ground infrastructure, principally the Satellite Network Portals (SNPs).

“In a world marked by critical environmental challenges, Eutelsat Group is dedicated to implementing ambitious measures to reduce its energy-related emissions and safeguard the environment, both on Earth and in space. We firmly believe that integrating environmental considerations at the core of our business is imperative for ensuring the long-term success of our operations and drive sustainable value creation,” Jean-Hubert Lenotte, Chief Strategy and Resources Officer, Eutelsat, said in a statement.