This will be the first dedicated workshop of its kind focusing on opportunities to regulate waste and tackle waste crime using satellite (Earth Observation and GNSS) technologies.
Waste crime problems & regulators' monitoring & intelligence needs
Space solutions to waste crime & monitoring
Regulatory interest in and concerns about using space-based technologies
Future use and trials of the technology
Waste crime is estimated to cost EU member states € 72 - 90 billion in cleanup costs and lost revenues. Considered one of the fastest growing areas of organized crime, it was recently described as "the new narcotics" by the Chief Executive of England’s Environment Agency. Waste crime costs millions in annual tax revenues, undercuts legitimate business, undermines investment and has the potential to damage the environment, blight communities and pose a risk to human health.
Recent developments in satellite technology have the potential to improve governments' ability to monitor, detect and prosecute waste crime. These include successful trials of a semi-automated model for detecting illegal waste sites, and practical tracking systems for waste consignment compliance and monitoring the disposal of WEEE and ELVs.
This workshop aims to share knowledge of these technological developments and discuss the nature and scale of waste crime problems, and how satellite based monitoring and tracking systems could improve compliance, detection and deterrence in future.
It includes speakers & open discussion sessions covering:
Who should attend?
The workshop is for people working in waste crime policy, regulation or enforcement including:
The workshop is free to attend. To encourage a spirit of open discussion, the workshop is only open to those working in relevant government bodies or EU institutions and is not open to journalists or industry.
The workshop is supported by the European Space Agency Business Applications and organised by Air & Space Evidence and Telespazio Vega UK. The focus of the workshop is understanding how waste crime detection services might fit help regulation and enforcement in future and it is hoped that the workshop will lead to further funded trials of waste crime services.