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Country update reports from the World Geothermal Congress
EU Energy Union
The heating and cooling sector for buildings is today, for the large majority, dominated by the use of fossil fuels such as natural gas and heating oil. This means it is contributing heavily to costly fossil fuels imports, exposure to price volatility and security of supply, and production of harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Geothermal heat pumps are the perfect solution to replace fossil fuels and reverse these unsustainable situation. Their wide range of application, their efficiency, their reliability, all strongly contribute to provide affordable heat, to reduce emissions, and to save primary energy.
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The EU’s energy security is at risk. Europe is hugely dependent on fossil fuel imports, in particular on the natural gas used to cover its extensive heating demand.
With the increasing deployment of variable renewables, the EU electrical system requires more flexible generation. Natural gas as backup must be discarded: the more it is used, the more the EU is dependent on energy imports, and the more it moves away from achieving energy security.
With the new Energy Union, the only viable option to address this challenge is to improve energy efficiency and to replace fossil fuel consumption and imports with stable renewable energy sources in the heating and electricity sectors. Energy efficiency is not sufficient to solve such a long-standing structural problem.
The World Geothermal Congress 2015 concluded today in Melbourne, Australia. Held every five years, the event is the largest and most important gathering of the global geothermal community. More than 1,600 participants are attending a number of short courses, technical presentations, side events, and an extensive exhibition of geothermal companies and organisations from around the world. The event is co-hosted by New Zealand, where a number of short courses and field trips to geothermal plants will take place next week.