Geothermal News April 2016

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Inside:

Editorial

  • Statement on the electrification of the heating and cooling sector

Policy

  • EGEC response to Consultation on Streamlining of Planning and Reporting obligations as part of the Energy Union Governance
  • Time for EU leaders to back up promised with action on climate change: Statement from the Coalition for Higher Ambition
  • Principles for an effective Innovation Fund
  • Have your say: Public consultation on the development of the Energy Union Integrated Research, Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy

EGEC response to Consultation on Streamlining of Planning and Reporting obligations as part of the Energy Union Governance

EGEC responded to the public consultation on Streamlining of planning and reporting obligations as part of the Energy Union Governance. EGEC welcomes the development of a new Energy Union governance system based on integrated national plans and reports adressing the different streams of the EU energy and climate policy. Such development paves the way to a more holistic approach and may facilitate the exploitation of the many synergies  between the various dimension of the Energy Union.

For more information about our position, please read the executive summary of the EGEC response.
You can also view the full response to the consultation here.

 

Time for EU leaders to back up promised with action on climate change: Statement from the Coalition for Higher Ambition

As 150 countries sign the Paris agreement today in New York, a collation of renewable energy associations, businesses, cities, trade unions, and civil society groups join together to urge European leaders to take action on climate change, ensuring the agreements made at the COP21 are in harmony with EU climate targets.

We represent businesses, trade unions, local authorities and civil society organisations supporting a wide range of social and environmental outcomes. We have come together in an unprecedented grouping, to recognise that the Agreement struck in Paris in December 2015 is a turning point that requires the world to step up and raise its ambition to keep global temperature rise well below 2 degrees, as well as to pursue efforts towards 1.5 degrees. Group
European leadership helped deliver the Paris Agreement. As you set off to New York to Sign this agreement, we ask you to continue to show leadership by delivering ratification of the Paris agreement as soon as possible, and by working with the other countries to support their delivery of the agreement’s goals and obligations, thereby effecting enhanced climate diplomacy

Download the full statement (PDF)

Studies on Employment in the Geothermal sector

The knowRES project has released two reports assessing the current status of employment in the Geothermal sector and forecasting future trends.

The Geothermal Sector report found that:

  • The Biggest challenges are: Finding the right combination of technical and soft skills, and shortage of people at the feasibility stage
  • The Areas of development over the next 2-5 years will be: Development of drilling expertise, energy storage, solutions against scaling, efficient communication and legal and financial framework
  • The Competencies sought are:  Flexibility to adapt to the changing environment and clients’ needs, Reservoir engineering, Project management, Drilling expertise.
  • The three most wanted profiles are: Drilling engineer (supervisor), Project manager, and  Plant manager (O&M)

The Renewable Energy Jobs barometer covers the entire renewable energy power sector. It provides an overview of jobs trends per sector and highlights the critical skills and competencies the renewable energy sectors need for a successful deployment.

Geothermal Market report 2015 now available

The use of geothermal energy, particularly for heat, is slowly but steadily increasing across Europe. Analysing the development of both the electricity and the heat sectors until December 2015, the 5th edition of the EGEC market report published today shows growth in all areas, but notes that the potential is far from met. Higher ambitions are needed if Europe is to fully benefit from this energy source.The full version of the market report is only available to EGEC members, but a preview can be found here. Market Report cover page