January 11, 2017

CNES and the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Maritime Affairs to work more closely together

CNES signed today a framework agreement with the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Maritime Affairs with a view to developing new space systems and applications, notably in the fields of climate monitoring and mobility. The agreement will strengthen and extend the scope of the previous agreement signed in 2011.

This new agreement reflects recent space efforts engaged to curb climate change, with the go-ahead for the MicroCarb and MERLIN satellites that will monitor emissions of carbon gases and methane. It also recognizes the creation of CNES’s new Directorate of Innovation, Applications and Science (DIA). Climate and innovation are two key thrusts of the agency’s strategy that mesh closely with the Ministry’s goal of boosting ecological competitiveness, environmental protection and mechanisms for coping with climate change.

To this end, the framework agreement signed today by MEEM and CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall ties in with the National Strategy for the Ecological Transition to Sustainable Development. In particular, it is intended to help reach the goals set at the COP21, a first tangible illustration of which came with the adoption at CNES’s initiative by almost all of the world’s space agencies of the New Delhi Declaration giving satellites a greater role in efforts to curb climate change.

After the signing of the agreement, Jean-Yves Le Gall commented: “The contribution that space assets are making to efforts to curb climate change, reaffirmed at the COP21 and confirmed by the adoption of the New Delhi Declaration, is clear for all to see. I am delighted to have signed this agreement through which the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Maritime Affairs and CNES are joining forces to save our planet!”

Pascale Bresson    Tel. +33 (0)1 44 76 75 39    pascale.bresson@cnes.fr
Julien Watelet    Tel. +33 (0)1 44 76 78 37    julien.watelet@cnes.fr
Fabienne Lissak    Tel. +33 (0)1 44 76 78 74    fabienne.lissak@cnes.fr