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Tackling the environmental concerns for deploying geothermal energy in Europe

Tackling the environmental concerns for deploying geothermal energy in Europe

Objective

The advantages of using geothermal for power production and H&C are little known. Recently, deep geothermal energy production in some regions is confronted with a negative perception, and a special attention from some decision-makers, in terms of environmental performance, which could seriously hamper its market uptake. Media reports focus more on disadvantages than advantages. As a result, decision makers and potential investors have concerns about possible environmental impacts and risks involved in implementing geothermal projects, and social resistance often results in practical obstacles - such as significant slowdowns - to the deployment of the deep geothermal resources. The first objective of the GEOENVI project is to make sure that deep geothermal energy can play its role in Europe’s future energy supply in a sustainable way. It aims to create a robust strategy to respond environmental concerns (by environmental concerns we mean both environmental impacts and risks): • by assessing the environmental impacts and risks of geothermal projects operational or in development in Europe, and • by providing a robust framework to propose recommendations on environmental regulations to the decision-makers, an adapted methodology for assessing environment impact to the project developers, and finally • by communicating properly on environmental concerns with the general public. Secondly, GEOENVI aims at engaging with both decision-makers and geothermal market actors, to have the recommendations on regulations adopted and to see the LCA methodology implemented by geothermal stakeholders. The engagement with stakeholders includes to share knowledge by adopting an open and FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable) data approach.

Coordinator

EUROPEAN GEOTHERMAL ENERGY COUNCIL

Address

2 Place Du Champ De Mars
1050 Bruxelles

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 229 071,25

Participants (15)

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RETE GEOTERMICA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 98 442,50

ENEL GREEN POWER

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 100 000

CONSORZIO PER LO SVILUPPO DELLE AREE GEOTERMICHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 160 875

CONSORZIO INTERUNIVERSITARIO PERLO SVILUPPO DEI SISTEMI A GRANDE INTERFASE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 167 500

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 150 625

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES

France

EU Contribution

€ 233 696

ES-GEOTHERMIE

France

EU Contribution

€ 116 072,50

ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS

France

EU Contribution

€ 154 736,25

ISLENSKAR ORKURANNSOKNIR

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 150 812,50

GEORG-RANNSOKNARKLASI I JARDHITA

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 170 562,50

ORKUSTOFNUN

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 199 062,50

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 305 987,50

JEOTERMAL ELEKTRIK SANTRAL YATIRIMCILARI DERNEGI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 104 078

DOKUZ EYLUL UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 68 750

MINING AND GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF HUNGARY

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 85 600

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 818242

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2018

  • End date

    30 April 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.

H2020-EU.3.3.7.

H2020-EU.3.3.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 495 871,50

  • EU contribution

    € 2 495 871,50

Coordinated by:

EUROPEAN GEOTHERMAL ENERGY COUNCIL

Belgium