Andrea Vena

Chief Climate and Sustainability Officer

European Space Agency (ESA)

Andrea Vena is the Chief Climate and Sustainability Officer of the European Space Agency – ESA.  He has over than thirty years of experience in the space sector both in industrial and institutional areas.  
Graduated in Electronic Engineering, with a Master in Telecommunication Systems, he started his career in Alenia Spazio, the space branch of Finmeccanica (today Leonardo).    
In 2000, Andrea started his career at ESA by joining the Strategy Directorate. In 2006 he was appointed head of the Corporate Strategic Planning Office and, in 2016, head of the Corporate Development Office, in charge of establishing a corporate strategy for the development of the organisation.  
On June 1st, 2021, Andrea has been appointed Chief Climate and Sustainability Officer to ensure that ESA and its programmes contribute to the Paris Agreements on Climate Change and the European Green Deal.  

Aerospace 2050

15 November 2023 | 13:20 - 13:55 | Panel: Combatting climate change through space science​

Discussing the critical role of space data in understanding and addressing climate change. Exploring the innovations in space-based services and applications and analyzing how new age communication satellites and emerging space tech can enhance monitoring and help suggest methods to limit climate change

Aerospace 2050

16 November 2023 | 13:55 - 14:25 | Panel : Sustaining the Final Frontier: A Dive into Space Sustainability and Resource Utilization

Join us for a captivating panel discussion exploring the intersection of space exploration and sustainability. Our panelists will delve into the potential of space resources and mining as a means to alleviate the strain on Earth's resources. We'll explore the concept of harnessing solar energy in orbit, unlocking consistent energy production that could revolutionize our global energy landscape. The debate will also touch on the environmental impact of space missions, discussing the implications of rocket launches and the ongoing efforts to mitigate their effects. This session invites attendees to engage in a forward-thinking dialogue on how space exploration could play a pivotal role in our sustainable future, providing a unique blend of investment, environmental, and ethical considerations.​

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