NorthStar Earth & Space supports the Net Zero Space Declaration

NorthStar Earth & Space joins a growing list of organizations supporting the Declaration on Net Zero Space of the Paris Peace Forum.

NorthStar Earth and Space is currently the only Canadian organization to approve the Declaration on Zero Space, but the list of organizations worldwide that support the declaration is now reached 30.

The Net Zero Space Declaration includes the goal of “achieving sustainable use of outer space for the benefit of all mankind by 2030.”

Stuart Bain, CEO and founder of NorthStar Earth & Space, said in a statement that “The Net Zero Space Declaration is fully in line with NorthStar’s core values โ€‹โ€‹of sustainability. Space is essential to our economy, quality of life and allows critical infrastructure for countless basic services. This environment requires immediate action by all stakeholders to conserve this invaluable natural resource. “

The company also said that “as part of its approval of the Net Zero Space Initiative, NorthStar is committed to helping facilitate safe and sustainable operations by providing high-quality commercial space services to satellite operators. NorthStar’s Space Information and Intelligence Services will be launched in 2023, leading to the first space-based commercial information service to cover all Earth orbits.

The Paris Peace Forum will hold its annual forum on 11 and 12 November.

The declaration of pure zero space

Space activities are entering a new era of growth, creating new opportunities for human development and the protection of the Earth. However, the amount of orbital debris is increasing dangerously. This trend threatens humanity’s ability to take advantage of outer space, increasing the risk of collision for space assets, further affecting the safety and sustainability of space operations and increasing the cost of access to the most useful orbits.

Article I of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty provides that the exploration and use of outer space is โ€œa province of all [hu]humanity โ€. The protection of the Earth’s orbital environment must be at the heart of all space activities to ensure that current and future actors continue to have access to and use this area. It is therefore crucial to ensure the sustainable development of both public and private space activities, to protect the integrity of existing and future objects in orbit and to maintain equal access to space for all. Our common goal is to ensure safe space operations and long-term sustainability of space activities. To do this, we strive to take appropriate mitigation and recovery measures in all space operations from the outset, taking into account the distinctive features of the various orbits used for space operations.

We share the conviction that this goal can only be achieved through international and multi-stakeholder cooperation by bringing together forces from the private sector, civil society and academia, as well as public authorities and regulators. All entities operating in orbit or contributing to Earth for space operations play a role in this task.

Current research from national and international organizations shows that collective, concrete steps must be taken to prevent the Earth’s orbital environment from deteriorating rapidly. With the launch of the Net Zero Space initiative, we call for a global commitment to sustainable use of outer space for the benefit of all humankind by 2030. We recommend urgent action from 2021 onwards to rapidly limit and then reduce the continuing pollution of space. The orbital environment of the Earth:

  • avoiding further generation of hazardous space debris, and
  • by disposing of existing hazardous space debris.

We call on all stakeholders around the world to join us in supporting the Net Zero Space initiative. When declaring their support, all stakeholders will undertake to declare concrete, tangible examples of actions they have taken or plan to take, in accordance with the scale of their operations and within their means, to contribute to “Net Zero Space “Goal.

In order to monitor the progress made towards this goal and to maintain the incentives in this regard, we ask the Paris Peace Forum to host the secretariat of the Net Zero Space initiative, report annually on the state of play of the initiative and encourage further steps towards the realization of the goal “Net Zero Space”.

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