Climate: Successful launch of three Montreal GHG detector satellites

Montreal – The Montreal-based agency GHGSat, which detects methane emissions produced by Earthlings with rare accuracy, now has a star of six satellites in space for launching three new satellites from Florida on Wednesday.

At around 2:35 p.m., the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, from the American company SpaceX, launched with three satellites as part of the Transporter-5 mission.

Stephen Germain, CEO of GHGSat, witnessed the eruption from a NASA site in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

“It was a spectacular day, and we’re glad to see the rocket go off without a hitch,” said Stephen Germain, in a telephone interview with the Canadian Press, minutes after the spacecraft took off.

Satellite bears the first names of the children of the members of the organization founded by Luca, Diaco and Penny, Stephen Germain.

The founder of GHGSat emphasized the importance of the fight against climate change, saying “they carry the names of children so that we can always remember why we do what we do.”

Stephen Germain, CEO of GHGSat, added, “We have a few more launches planned by the end of 2023 to take our galaxy to ten satellites.”

In Montreal, near the company’s headquarters on St. Laurent Boulevard, dozens of employees gathered to watch the launch live on the big screen.

Marion Girard, a satellite image expert at GHGSat, said: “I’m very excited to have three more satellites. This is a big step forward.” You can see it once every three days. “

With proud eyes and a smile on his face, Eric Edwards, GHGSat’s chief technology officer, told the Canadian Press that the three new satellites have the ability to detect much more powerful than other satellites launched into space since 2016.

“We need more satellites because we have more subscribers,” said Eric Edwards.

GHGSat data is used by businesses, governments and regulators.

The Quebec SME prides itself on being the only satellite system in the world capable of detecting high-resolution greenhouse gases, such as those coming from oil sites or landfills. This information is essential for policy making to address and adapt to climate change.

List and account for GHG

Listing and calculating all sources of GHG emissions is a big challenge.

To achieve their commitment to reduce GHG, states and large companies must equip themselves with precision measuring instruments, and GHGSat focuses on methane measurement, a powerful greenhouse gas.

Get rid of the fraudsters

GHGSat satellites can also be used to “catch fraudsters” and to ensure that countries and companies are honest and transparent about the amount of methane they emit.

A few weeks ago, the International Energy Agency said many countries were reporting significantly lower their methane emissions.

A gas is much more powerful than CO2

At the Glasgow Climate Conference last November, nearly 100 countries pledged to drastically reduce their methane emissions. It was also during COP26 that the federal government announced a 20 million grant for business on St.-Laurent Boulevard.

GHGSat significantly provides its data to the International Observatory of Methane Emissions (IMEO), an organization that reports to the United Nations.

A recent report by the agency states that methane emitted directly into the atmosphere is about 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2) over a 20-year period.

In fact, a study published by the Washington-based Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD) found that a reduction in CO2 alone would not prevent temperatures from rising by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial temperatures, as the Paris Climate Agreement suggests.

IGSD researchers emphasize the importance of tackling methane to avoid climate disasters.

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