Meeting Net Zero with the power of place: Space & Geospatial Virtual Pavilion for COP26

Showcasing the crucial role that space data and geospatial intelligence play in helping a wide range of sectors to reach their Net Zero targets.

Event Details

01/11/2021 - 11/11/2021

09.30 - 15.45



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Geospatial intelligence is critical to solving the Climate Change challenge. To influence changes at the global level, we need to understand the impact of climate change at the local level. The availability of geospatial data at scale is unlocking new ways to provide meaningful insights into complex global climate science that can be applied to virtually any sector of the economy.

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The Space & Geospatial Virtual Pavilion for COP26 aimed to showcase how the use of space data and location intelligence can help us to unlock significant opportunities for businesses and governments to work collaboratively in achieving carbon emission targets and to build solutions across sectors and societal challenges.

Pavilion Overview

Organised by Innovate UK KTN in collaboration 30+ other partners, the 11-day Virtual Pavilion explored the role of innovation, inclusive growth, and collaboration in supporting the climate emergency and meeting Net Zero targets, using the power of place.

Delegates from across all industries joined over 30 sessions with expert speakers including high profile senior figures in government, academia and industry, as well as former Vice President of the United States, Al Gore.

During the first nine days the sessions showcased use cases of space and geospatial data supporting climate action. The content was extremely varied and covered topics associated with the COP presidency programme, including the FAIR Climate Service by Open Geospatial Consortium and The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Indigenous Alliance programme.

In the last two days, KTN and its delivery partners delivered a packed agenda featuring plenaries and parallel sessions focused on transport, cities, finance, science and innovation, adaptation and nature.


  • 1st November

10:00 – Opening Address of the Space & Geospatial Virtual Pavillion
14:00 – Plenary Session

  • 2nd November

10:00 – Plenary Session
14:00 – GHG Monitoring from Space – a mapping of capabilities across public, private and hybrid missions​

  • 3rd November

10:00 – Connectivity, Space and Digital Technologies for Green Value
14:00 – Plenary Session – curated by WGIC

  • 4th November

10:00 – Modelling Energy Systems and Resilience
14:00 – Ports and Their Role in the Blue Economy

  • 5th November

10:00 – Plenary Session
14:00 – Plenary Session

  • 8th November

10:00 – Using Spatial Data to Quantify Risk and to Inform Improvements in Climate Resilience
14:00 – Unlocking Resources for Indigenous Communities to Access and Use EO Data and Tools

  • 9th November

10:00 – Applying Geospatial Information to Climate Challenges
14:00 – What are the FAIR Climate Change Services?

  • 10th November

09:30 – Unlocking Solutions to the World’s Most Critical Challenge
12:30 – The Future of Transport
12:30 – Empowerment at the Intersections: Nature-Based Solutions for Sustainable Global Supply Chains
15:00 – In Space We Trust

  • 11th November

09:30 – The End Users Industry Perspective
10:45 – Climate Change in our Urban Environments
10:45 – Tech Session curated by UK Space
13:15 – Finance Session curated by University of Oxford
13:15 – The Power of Location Data: How land, marine and sub-surface data will help achieve COP26 goals
15:45 – Closing Remarks for the Space and Geospatial Virtual Pavillion


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