18 May 2022 - The European Commission’s REPowerEU plan outlined a series of proposals to move geothermal from niche to a mainstream solution to addressing the climate, energy transition and Ukraine crises. The EU Solar Strategy called for a trebling of geothermal capacity by 2030 whilst the EU Save Communication and legislative proposals outlined essential improvements that create a market for geothermal heating, cooling, and power as well as streamlining the process for capacity to come online. Geothermal supply base load electricity to stabilise the grid, secure the supply, and green the power. Geothermal heating and cooling is key to decarbonise buildings and the industry. The Communication also calls for 20 million geothermal and ambient heat pumps to be installed in the EU by 2026 and nearly 60 million units by 2030. An additional €20 billion grant funding to Member States to deliver these investments is welcome. Some of this finance should be used for an EU financial de-risking scheme to accelerate investment in geothermal and other renewable heating solutions. Phillipe Dumas, Secretary-General of the European Geothermal Energy Council said: “Today geothermal finally achieved the recognition it has long merited. Now it is vital that permitting rules, an EU-wide financial risk mitigation framework and stronger rules to remove fossil heating are put into action.” *END* Contact: Sanjeev Kumar / Head of Policy / email@example.com ABOUT EGEC – EUROPEAN GEOTHERMAL ENERGY COUNCIL The European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) is a not-for-profit organisation promoting all aspects of the geothermal industry. It was founded in 1998 to facilitate awareness and expansion of geothermal applications in Europe and worldwide by shaping policy, improving investment conditions and steering research. Over 120 members from 28 countries, including developers, equipment manufacturers, electricity providers, national associations, consultants, research centres, geological surveys, and public authorities gives EGEC the ability to represent the entire geothermal sector. EGEC is listed in the European Transparency Register No. 11458103335-07 For more information visit www.egec.org
In June 2022 EGEC will announce the final winner among the five endorsed nominations for the Ruggero Bertani European Geothermal Innovation Award 2021.
EGEC is currently looking for a full-time communication assistant (38h/ week), who is able to work starting from 1st May 2022, for a period of six months with a traineeship contract under Belgian law (“convention immersion professionnelle”) with possibilities for a long-term contract after the traineeship period.
In a bid to accelerate renewable energy deployment, the European Commission is looking at means to accelerate permitting processes.
On 11 April 2022, 151 business and industries called on the European Commission to prepare a European strategy to unlock the potential of geothermal energy as well as associated sustainable mineral extraction. Download the full version of the letter
At the beginning of summer 2021, gas prices started increasing tremendously globally due to a wide array of factors, from an exceptionally cold winter in Europe in 2020, to macroeconomic fallouts of the COVID 19 pandemic, without mentioning geopolitics, to technical issues in infrastructure bottlenecks of the fossil fuel production infrastructure.
Bringing together policy experts, industrial and academic actors from Croatia, the session will provide key insight into the answers for the current challenges in heating and cooling.
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The French Association of Geothermal Professionals (AFPG) is pleased to inform you that the next edition of the Geothermal Days will take place in Aix-les-Bains, on June 9 & 10, 2022. This event is 100% dedicated to the sector geothermal energy will give a voice to the various players who contribute to the promotion of this formidable renewable energy.