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Roundtable 1 — Policy coherence for tackling space debris


Wednesday, November 2, 2022


5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. CET (UTC +1)


Xiao-Shan Yap, Eawag, Switzerland & Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Akhil Rao, Middlebury College, USA


Brian Weeden, Secure World Foundation, USA
Jochen Markard, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Florian Micco, EPFL Space Center, Switzerland
Akhil Rao, Middlebury College, USA
Luc Riesbeck, Astroscale, USA
Danielle Pineres, Planet, USA


There have been different policy proposals for tackling space debris in recent years. In particular, the proposals include the Sustainable Space Rating (SSR) initiative, the idea of active space debris removal and pricing, the concept of space environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria, and the possibility of a Net Zero policy for space debris emission. Implementing the different policies may share some similar and different challenges. This roundtable discussion aims to bring together experts in the abovementioned realms to discuss the opportunities and challenges of implementing their respective policies. In addition, an expert will join the discussion to share lessons from the existing decarbonization policies for climate change. The discussion will end by exploring the overarching policy coherence of the different proposals for addressing space debris.