Geothermal energy in my back yard: tackling energy poverty with renewables


  • DATE OF THE EVENT: June 25, 2020
  • TIME: 11:00am - 12:00pm CEST
  • LOCATION: Online

Energy poverty is a widespread problem across Europe, as between 50 and 125 million people are unable to afford proper indoor thermal comfort. This is due to a mix of energy inefficient buildings and appliances, high energy expenses and low incomes. But energy poverty is also related to the energy sources used in buildings.

Installing renewables systems – such as geothermal heat pumps and geothermal district heating & cooling – could greatly contribute to tackle this serious issue. The reasons are multiple. Renewables technologies for heating and cooling have low operational costs in the long run. They improve air quality and cut pollution coming from fossil sources. They are secure as they do not have to be imported from third countries. They are available all year around.

This webinar explored which policies and financial mechanisms could support the transition to these renewable technologies in buildings. It also presented some concrete examples of how geothermal systems can reduce energy poverty, with a special focus on “Coal Regions”.



Introduction to energy poverty, Philippe Dumas, EGEC Secretary-General

Financial and policy framework to support the transition to renewable heating and cooling technologies in buildings, Marion Malafosse, Policy Officer, European Commission Directorate-General for Energy

Concrete examples of how geothermal systems can reduce energy poverty:

  • Case study in Hungary, Attila Kujbus, GeoEx Geothermal Express
  • Case study in Poland, Beata Kepinska, Polish Geothermal Society
  • Case study in Croatia, Goran Pavlovic, Eco Consult

Decarbonising the heating and cooling sector with district heating, Olivier Racle, ENGIE

Panel discussion on the most appropriate framework to tackle energy poverty with renewable heating & cooling technologies


Watch the recording of the webinar here


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