ESG & Climate Resilience Summit Theme: Geospatial Technology for Climate: Accelerating the Transition to a Sustainable Green Economy

15-16 May 2024


Amidst undeniable evidence of anthropogenic climate change and international treaties spotlighting the urgency, slow transition to a green economy exacerbates temperature rise, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation. This inertia amplifies climate risks, deepens poverty for 120 million people in the last three years and hinders progress toward UN SDGs by 2030. The path to a net-zero world offers a transformative opportunity for sustainable economic growth, contingent on substantial long-term investments, innovative economic models, and technology-driven solutions. Geospatial technology, a cornerstone, facilitates precise climate analysis, adaptative strategies, and inclusive economic development yet to be harnessed for maximum impact.


Dato Gs Azhar Ismail


Thomas Blaschke

Head of Department - Department of Geoinformatics
University of Salzburg

Sheila Steinberg

Director Geospatial Institute
UMass Global

Laise Harris

Senior Researcher Informatics and Programme Lead Land Mapping
Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
New Zealand

Gabriela Seiz

Senior Advisor
Seiz SG Advisory (on behalf of World Geospatial Industry Council WGIC)

Mila Koeva

Associate Professor
University of Twente
The Netherlands

Peter B. Boucher

Climate Data Scientist, Science & Infrastructure Operations (SIO)

Christophe YVETOT

Representative to the European Union, Belgium, France and Luxembourg

Rodolfo Orozco-Galvez

Deputy General Director of Natural Resources and Environment
National Institute of Statistic and Geography (INEGI)

John P. Wilson

USC Professor and Founding Director
Spatial Sciences Institute, University of Southern California

Grzegorz Wrochna

Polish Space Agency - POLSA

Raj Kumar Khatri

Former Additional Chief Secretary
Government of Karnataka, GoI

Francesca Piatto

Project Officer

William Gilles

Cofounder and President

Refiz Duro

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH

Alberto Meroni

Business Development Manager - Imagery and Remote Sensing

Yeji Choi

SI Analytics
Head of Earth Intelligence Division
South Korea

Marc Serres

Luxembourg Space Agency

Adnan Abdulrahman Alalyani

Director for Environmental Technologies
NCEC, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia

Jimena Blanco

Chief Analyst
Verisk Maplecroft

Session Highlights

Space for Earth

Given the urgency of preserving our Planet, simultaneously running businesses, what are we doing to create knowledge and information to take action on the same? And where must we take action? One of the best answers lie in Satellite data. Building ‘Earth’ data and knowledge through Earth Observation has served various purposes and is indispensable. How far is EO developed and developing to take up the challenge of developing resilient economies?

  • The importance of satellite derived data and insights for monitoring Earth
  • Satellite data and analytics for climate change quantification
  • Capturing pertinent data from space and their applications and trends
  • Recording risks for environmentally sustainable growth
  • Exploring the transformative journey of Earth Observation (EO) data from its traditional applications to the forefront of Climate Resilience
  • Emphasize the need for a shift towards leveraging EO for building resilient economies
The Differentiators of Sustainability and ESG

Sustainability is a multifaceted concept encompassing various dimensions, with environmental sustainability forming just one facet and includes the SDGs. Within organizational contexts, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) ratings serve as specific, quantifiable metrics capable of forecasting future growth and profitability. ESG criteria represent a subset of broader sustainability metrics intricately linked to financial performance. How can one differentiate between sustainability-oriented processes from ESG processes?

  • Introduction to sustainability and ESG and their differentiating factors
  • Sustainability standards, SDGs and ESG Standards
  • Overlapping Sustainability and ESG ideas
  • Delineated Sustainability and ESG processes
  • Theirs structures and manifestations for corporate functioning and re-orientation
  • The requirement of ESG adoption with available strategies and moving ahead & beyond
  • A light on overlap of Geospatial data for Sustainability and ESG
The ESG Pillars

Businesses cooperating with the current environment and resource availability. Business continuity from risks imposed from environmental limitations. Mitigate climate risks through decarbonization, geospatial technologies, climate risk modelling, data collection, monitoring, and environmental scoring for sustainable business practices and resilience. Measuring relationships with stakeholders and how that is managed, matters a great deal towards maintaining the created value and culture and envisioned business goals. This entails estimating direct impact of non financial materiality such as social and governance considerations.

  • Decarbonisation and attaining net-zero emissions for mitigating climate risks and a
  • Discover opportunities with Geospatial technologies for the E pillar
  • Climate Risks are Business Risks, assessing them with climate risk modelling
  • Data Collection technology and tools to approaching environmental impact assessment
  • Monitoring and disclosing resource utilisation, waste and negative impact generation on environment
  • Utilising existing data and newer satellite data for improved reporting
  • Environmental scoring by addressing physical, liability and transitional risks due to climate change
  • Intensifying efforts for improved business leadership on ESG and its specific skills
  • Addressing business risks from governance impacts from compliance of international and local laws
  • Business strategy assessments for securing physical assets and operations of a company to mitigate social and governance risks
  • Possibility of geospatial data usage in tracking social impacts on supply chain transparency, community engagement, and health and safety
ESG adoption via Geospatial and Allied Technology

Leveraging geospatial and allied technology presents a promising avenue for augmenting Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) adoption. With mapping, satellite imagery, and data analytics, businesses can gain unprecedented insights into environmental impact assessments, supply chain transparency, and social risk management. This integration enhances corporate accountability, ultimately driving the alignment of business objectives with ESG principles for resilient business future.

  • Risk assessments from AI predictive analytics powered models
  • Trend and forecasts on ESG data for the future via AI
  • The potential of AI and digital transformation in any sector, especially for socio-ecological transition
  • Geospatial intelligence and AI forming a package for ESG Reporting implementation
  • Blockchain’s automated ESG reporting advantage and credibility of traceability
  • Eliminating data irregularities and inaccuracies through intelligent data supplied by Earth Observation
Attaining Climate Resilience

Utilize finance mechanisms, public-private partnerships, and ESG integration to tackle climate risks, drive innovation, and foster sustainability, leveraging collaborative efforts and tailored financing models for transformative impact.

  • Climate Finance and funding by mobilizing capital fuel
  • Public-private Partnerships that enable resilience and encourage sustainability
  • PPPs- a toolkit for serving resources, actors, and networks and benefitting the public from climate risks
  • Highlight climate risk priorities of governments, assess collaborative efforts and illustrate partnership success between governments, organizations and private entities
  • Incorporating ESG considerations into investment decisions for long-term value
  • Analyzing the transformative impact of government-driven initiatives involving ESG on financial landscapes
  • Discuss the role of these partnerships in shaping policies, driving innovation, and fostering a culture of sustainability
  • Intergovernmental Agencies and collaborative efforts towards climate change mitigation
  • Financing models tailored to support sustainable projects
  • Leveraging financial instruments to actively support the transition to a low-carbon economy and addressing the challenges
  • Collaborative risk-sharing approaches between public and private entities
  • Finance for ESG and transitioning to Green Economy
Climate Resilience in Different Sectors Part 1

Earth Observation data can inform climate resilient practices and contribute to the long-term health of various sectors. Prioritizing foundational securities in food, water, forest and biodiversity systems, glacial and spring systems and many more. Transformation for resilience for the following sectors will be discussed in this session.

  • Forestry
  • Oceans and coasts
  • Water systems
  • Food systems
Climate Resilience in Different Sectors Part 2

Earth Observation data can inform climate resilient practices and contribute to the long-term health of various sectors. Industries and cities need to be secured from imminent climate change risks and they must be made adaptable. Transformation for resilience for the following sectors will be discussed in this session.

  • Transport and Infrastructure
  • Supply chain
  • Resilient Urban cities
  • Energy systems

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