New Irish forestry platform to harness space agency tech

Treemetrics will use data analytics and satellite imaging technology to enable climate-smart forest management and forest carbon certification
New Irish forestry platform to harness space agency tech

Enda Keane, founder and chief executive of Treemetrics, pictured centre with Conor Sheehan, Programme manager, European Space Programmes, Enterprise Ireland; and Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English. Picture: Julien Behal

A new platform launched by Cork forestry software company Treemetrics will harness European Space Agency technology to bring greater transparency to forestry certification. 

The firm will use data analytics and satellite imaging technology to enable climate-smart forest management and forest carbon certification through its new platform.

The app's two-year development process was supported by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Enterprise Ireland and uses the very latest satellite and drone imagery processing to provide new levels of trust and transparency for forest certification and the rapidly emerging forest carbon certification market.

With consumers now demanding products that are sourced from environmentally-responsible producers and suppliers, forest certification has been an especially important initiative over the past two decades to promote better forest management.

Welcoming the announcement, Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English, TD, said: “Treemetrics is a fantastic example of an innovative Irish company using digital space data, that is freely available to all people living in Ireland through our membership in the European Space Agency, to ensure the sustainability of raw materials on earth.

"The recent report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which found that harmful carbon emissions have never been higher, highlights the urgency in developing innovative technologies to tackle climate change. 

"It is heartening to see Irish companies like this playing their part in helping to reduce greenhouse gases by utilising space-data innovation for forest owners in tackling carbon emissions.”

The leading global forest certification standard PEFC Global supported Treemetrics to ensure the system meets the needs of their certificate holders internationally. PEFC currently certifies 790 million acres of forestry around the globe.

Over the past 18 years, Treemetrics has worked in over 40 countries. Enda Keane, founder and chief executive, explained the global forest industry has a "huge challenge" to meet the growing demands for wood.

"We are delighted to be delivering a system that makes forest certification and forest carbon certification easier to adopt and more transparent for auditing," he said.

“Forest Carbon offsetting is a rapidly emerging process that forest owners and large enterprises are utilising, to help reduce the levels of carbon in the Earth’s atmosphere. Investors are demanding quality carbon offsetting projects with new levels of data integrity. 

"The new platform leverages Treemetrics precision measurement system to reduce investment risk and increase overall adoption of this important mechanism.

"Satellite imagery and analysis tools have a major role to play in building trust in both forest carbon and sustainable forest management certification processes. Our goal was to deliver a technology solution to enable increased climate-smart forest management adoption. The system which was released today will help many stakeholders along the forest value chain,” said Keane.

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