ReGeoCities material about shallow geothermal

The ReGeoCities project terminated on 30th June 2015 and it has produced a series of informational materials for the development of shallow geothermal in cities. It includes:

  • A complete guide to Developing Geothermal Heat Pumps in Smart Cities and Communities, which can be downloaded here.
  • A series of 4 factsheets (The technology; Benefits of geothermal heat pumps; Geothermal in smart cities and communities; Financing shallow geothermal projects) which can be downloaded here.
  • A short brochure about the future for GSHPs is also available here.

For a printed copy of the materials, contact the European Geothermal Energy Council.

EGEC Newsletter June 2015

The June edition of the EGEC newsletter is now available.Click here to read it.

Inside:

Editorial
European Sustainable Energy week
ReGeoCities

 

June Newsletter Cover
Policy
2020 renewables targets: EU Commission urges new measures for geothermal heat technologiesTowards an EU Strategy on Heating and Cooling: Key recommendations from the renewable heat industriesDon’t cap renewables and efficiency: Call from renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental associations.
News
International Energy Information Portal Relaunched in USAUS, Philippines, Indonesia top-3 in geothermal capacity 2014.

Solutions for Energy, climate and food security: Geothermal use in agriculture

Today Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Arias Cañete delivered a keynote speech at the “Sustainable Solutions for Energy, Climate and Food Security” event at the European Pavilion of the Universal Exhibition in Milan.To coincide with this event, EGEC has produced a new brochure on the role of Geothermal in the agri-food industry.Geothermal supplies sustainable and stable heat that can cover much of the energy demand in agriculture (i.e. mainly low and medium level temperature heat below 200°C) in all sectors of the industry (e.g. greenhouses, aquaculture or drying, etc). Brochure Agriculture 2015
It is a competitive technology that protects producers from the price fluctuations of fossil fuels, and which reduces overtime the share of energy in their total production costs. It is available everywhere around the world for agriculture purposes and therefore creates direct and indirect local jobs across the value chain.

Click here to download the brochure

Energy efficiency & RES must be combined to maximise benefits

Energy and RES must be combined Vertical

 

With the launch of the consultation on the EU heat strategy today at EUSEW2015, EGEC, AEBIOM, and ESTIF remind all stakeholders that energy efficiency and renewables need to work in synergy for European security, competitiveness and sustainability.

 

A Smart and Resilient Energy Union: Objectives and Measures for the Heat Sector

The EU Strategy for Heating and Cooling is the result of the increasingly positive attention policy-makers have been giving the Heating and Cooling (H&C) sector, and is a fundamental step in the recognition of its key role in the overall EU climate and energy objectives. The Strategy has the potential to lay solid and long-lasting foundations. The main objective of the Heat Strategy should be to define a pathway to achieve a sustainable, competitive and secure heat sector for Europe. Existing and upcoming policy initiatives should be developed in a coherent way as exposed in the document attached.

Key recommendations for the renewable heat industry:
  • More attention should be paid to the energy system as a whole. Renewables for heating and cooling are available and are ready to deliver. Their potential needs to be fully reached.
  • A level playing field in the heat sector is not yet in place. Urgently, fossil fuels subsidies must be phased-out and their externalities priced.
  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency go hand in hand. They must be addressed at the same time as they face similar barriers and can generate synergies.
  • Special attention should be paid to the correct implementation of existing legislation, which should be strengthened beyond 2020.
  • Policy makers should also promote awareness by informing individual, commercial, and industrial consumers as well as local public authorities and installers about all available options.
  • RD&I in renewable heat technologies is needed to reduce costs, enhance system performance, and facilitate their integration. For the long-term the objective is to reach higher temperatures, which will be essential to decarbonise all industrial sectors.

Pathways to a smart and resilient energy union