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Enjoy #GEOENVI #ThisWeeksGoodNews: a media campaign on the benefits of geothermal energy

PUBLISHED: September 24, 2020

Europe is the first continent that has decided to go carbon-neutral by 2050. Developing all renewable energy sources is an essential path to reach this objective.

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EGEC, together with 33 stakeholders, calls on the EU not to rely on hydrogen to decarbonise buildings

PUBLISHED: January 21, 2021


Brussels, 21st January 2021 - The European Geothermal Energy Council, together with a broad coalition of 33 businesses, industry associations, NGOs and think tanks urge the European Commission to prioritise available efficient and sustainable solutions to decarbonise Europe’s building stock and avoiding the direct use of hydrogen for this purpose.





Addressing the European Commission Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans in an open letter, the co-signatories underline that massive emissions reductions in the building sector will be needed (<60% compared to 2015) to achieve a higher 2030 EU climate target. This requires applying the energy efficiency first principle and boost the integration of renewables, as envisaged by the Renovation Wave strategy.





Philippe Dumas, EGEC Geothermal Secretary General, said "The European Union should tap into clean, ready-to-use and affordable solutions to cut down emissions in buildings. Geothermal heat pumps and district heating, for example, are among the cheapest and most efficient low-carbon technologies. This would be the most sensible, economically-viable and environmentally-friendly path for the European Union to reach carbon-neutrality by 2050".





While it is true that renewable hydrogen can play a role in decarbonising hard-to-abate sectors, its direct use for heating on a large scale is problematic because it comes with many uncertainties linked to the scalability, costs of its production and inefficiencies, the letter says.





To optimise the process of heat decarbonisation in the medium and long-term, the EU should favour energy efficiency options as they can immediately deliver real carbon savings, while accommodating a growing share of renewable sources.





The co-signatories call on the Commission not to overestimate the potential of “zero-emission gas”, which would be mostly imported from abroad. Doing that would constrain EU taxpayers to fund unnecessary infrastructures, such as gas pipelines (or their upgrade), diverting financial resources from immediately applicable and more sustainable heat decarbonisation solutions.





Notes to the editors





The efficiency factor between green hydrogen and competitive technologies is so large that hydrogen is not a viable option when it comes to heating in buildings. For example, it takes about five times more wind or solar electricity to heat a home with hydrogen than it takes to heat the same home with an efficient heat pump.[1],[2]










[1]Fraunhofer, Hydrogen in the energy system of the future: Focus on heat in buildings, 2020





[2] Agora, Heat decarbonisation, energy efficiency, and sector integration






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Hungary’s first interactive geothermal information platform is available in English

PUBLISHED: January 5, 2021


The Hungarian Geothermal System (OGRe) is an online platform that provides up-to-date and reliable information on geological, hydrogeological and geophysical data about Hungary’s geothermal energy resources via a user-friendly and publicly accessible site.





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Renewable district heating and cooling networks must be integrated into the Trans-European Networks for Energy

PUBLISHED: December 17, 2020


On 15 December the European Commission launched a proposal to revise rules for cross-border energy infrastructure in line with the European Green Deal.





EGEC regrets to see geothermal district heating excluded from this Regulation, especially as fossil-based distributed energy systems will continue to receive public funds and development support from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). 





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Green Deal: Sustainable batteries for a circular and climate neutral economy

PUBLISHED: December 10, 2020


On 10th December 2020 the European Commission proposed to modernise the EU legislation on batteries, delivering its first initiative among the actions announced in the new Circular Economy Action Plan.





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Renovation Wave opens the door for more renewable heat, but a heat market is required!

PUBLISHED: October 15, 2020


EGEC Geothermal’s reaction to the Renovation Wave & Commission Recommendation on energy poverty.





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The European Union must ensure fair competition for heat services in the EU

PUBLISHED: September 22, 2020


EGEC Geothermal writes to Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager to ask for a full review of the impact of the competitive distortion of the Internal Market for Gas legal base.





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Europe needs a carbon price on heating and cooling to become carbon neutral by 2050

PUBLISHED: September 15, 2020


Ahead of the State of the Union, EGEC advocates for putting a price on carbon emissions in heating and cooling.





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Launch of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for Geothermal Technologies

PUBLISHED: September 3, 2020


The Geothermal Panel of the RHC ETIP platform released today the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA).





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6 Geothermal destinations in Europe you need to visit

PUBLISHED: July 29, 2020


While geothermal is typically associated with its ability to provide clean energy for electricity and heating & cooling, did you know that it also contributes to local development and sustainable tourism?





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EGEC Summer Statement 2020: Is past prologue? A review of the first half of 2020 and what it means for EU energy and climate policy

PUBLISHED: July 13, 2020


This is the first in a series of annual perspectives on the orientation and effectiveness of EU energy and climate policy.





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