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The transport sector accounts for 27% of all European emissions. Satellite navigation can help develop intelligent traffic systems to limit those emissions.

At a hearing in the European Parliament last week (04 February 2011), Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, stated that observations from space are absolutely essential on the road to monitoring, combatting and adapting to climate change.

With climate change a priority, Commissioner Hedegaard is working with Vice-President Antonio Tajani to develop a joint strategy on space and climate.

Commissioner Hedegaard pointed to satellite navigation as an important space tool. "The transport sector accounts for 27% of all European emissions. Satellite navigation can help develop intelligent traffic systems to limit those emissions." She also stressed that observations from space are asbolutely essential on the road to monitoring, reporting and verification awell as combatting and adapting to climate change.

In her opening address, Commissioer Hedegaard said, "Today we are focusing on the tools needed for the International Climate Change Policy Regime. In that respect, space is not just nice to have; it is a need to have."

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