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M4ShaleGas: Measuring, monitoring, mitigating managing the environmental impact of shale gas

Objective

The accelerated development of shale gas is accompanied by growing public concern regarding the safety of shale gas extraction and its impact on human health and the environment. For the US, shale gas exploitation proved very successful in changing the energy landscape in terms of security of domestic supply and increased contribution of gas in the energy mix. For Europe, shale gas exploitation could increase our resources and production of natural gas; a critical fuel for the transition to a low carbon energy system. However, there are a number of important gaps in our present understanding of shale gas exploration and exploitation, and a strong need for independent, science-based knowledge of its potential impacts in a European context. The M4ShaleGas program focuses on reviewing and improving existing best practices and innovative technologies for measuring, monitoring, mitigating and managing the environmental impact of shale gas exploration and exploitation in Europe. The technical and social research activities will yield integrated scientific recommendations for 1) how to minimize environmental risks to the subsurface, surface and atmosphere, 2) propose risk reduction and mitigation measures and 3) how to address the public attitude towards shale gas development. The 18 research institutes from 10 European Union Member States that collaborate in the M4ShaleGas consortium cover different geopolitical regions in Europe, including Member States that are at the forefront regarding shale gas exploration and exploitation in Europe as well as Member States where shale gas exploitation is not yet being actively pursued. The project governance ensures proper integration of all research activities. Knowledge and experience on best practices is imbedded by direct collaboration with US and Canadian research partners and input from representatives from the industry. During the project, results will be public and actively disseminated to all stakeholders.

Call for proposal

H2020-LCE-2014-1
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Coordinator

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 689 958

Participants (17)

INSTYTUT NAFTY I GAZU - PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT BADAWCZY
Poland
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Ul. Lubicz 25A
31 503 Krakow
Activity type
Other
Laboratorio Nacional de Energia e Geologia I.P.
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 250 000
Address
Rua Da Amieira
4466-901 S.mamede De Infesta
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 55 023,75
Address
Kirby Corner Road - University House
CV4 8UW Coventry
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIWERSYTET IM. ADAMA MICKIEWICZA W POZNANIU
Poland
EU contribution
€ 36 250
Address
Ul. Henryka Wieniawskiego 1
61712 Poznan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 199 856
Address
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1FL Swindon
Activity type
Research Organisations
CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 74 997,50
Address
Newport Road 30-36
CF24 ODE Cardiff
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 100 000
Address
Stockton Road The Palatine Centre
DH1 3LE Durham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 77 307,50
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 LE Petten
Activity type
Research Organisations
HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 272 981
Address
Telegrafenberg 17
14473 Potsdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 159 965
Address
Oster Voldgade 10
1350 Kobenhavn K
Activity type
Other
IFP Energies nouvelles
France
EU contribution
€ 149 963,75
Address
Avenue De Bois Preau 1 & 4
92500 Rueil Malmaison
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUTO GEOLÓGICO Y MINERO DE ESPAÑA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 159 975
Address
Ríos Rosas 23
28003 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 56 350
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT GEOLOGICZNY - PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT BADAWCZY
Poland
EU contribution
€ 160 000
Address
Rakowiecka 4
00975 Warszawa
Activity type
Research Organisations
SINTEF AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 160 020
Address
Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
CESKA GEOLOGICKA SLUZBA
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 37 000
Address
Klarov 3/131
11821 Prague 1
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 60 000
Address
Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments