Canadian emissions monitoring company GHJsat has launched Vanguard to monitor carbon dioxide emissions from individual facilities, such as coal and steel mills, from space for the first time.
The satellite was launched from Vandenberg Space Base in California yesterday and will rely on a growing network of satellites that already detect columns of methane, an invisible greenhouse gas that is difficult to detect because it tends to leak from a range of small sources, including pipelines, drilling sites and farms.
The company pointed out that satellites that monitor carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are not currently focusing on emissions at the level of individual facilities.
CEO Stefan Germain said the data Vanguard collects will help demonstrate and measure practices that contribute to carbon dioxide emissions.
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