The ability of methane (CH₄) to trap heat is 80 times greater than that of carbon dioxide (CO₂). Unlike CO₂, which remains in the atmosphere for several centuries, CH₄ dissipates in less than 10 years. Acting on methane leaks is relatively easy, from the moment they are detected, and has an almost immediate impact on slowing down global warming.
Simonetta Cheli, Director of Earth Observation Programs at ESA, commented: “I would like to congratulate Absolut Sensing for joining the Copernicus Contributing Missions programme. This is a testament to the evolution of Copernicus, the importance of integrating commercial data, and a vote of confidence for the European Earth Observation NewSpace.”