European islands often face significant challenges when it comes to energy supply and energy costs. Due to geographic location, small economies of scale, and limited or absent interconnection to the mainland or to other islands, many islands are still heavily dependent upon costly imported fossil fuels to generate electricity or to meet their heating and cooling needs. To tackle this issue, the European Commission is now launching the Clean Energy for All Europeans Islands Initiative, which aims to accelerate the clean energy transition on islands, ensuring secure and cheap energy to their citizens, and create local jobs.
Leaders and ministers from more than 25 governments will meet in Florence, Italy on 11 September, to accelerate the global adoption of geothermal energy. The Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA) meeting represents the largest such ministerial gathering dedicated to geothermal energy development.
A week full of important geothermal events is beginning today.
The first day has seen the inauguration of the High Level Conference of the Global Geothermal Alliance in Florence, Italy (11-12 September). The conference, which saw the participation of Ministers from all over the world as well as representative of the private sector, addresses what are the main barriers that have hindered the deployment of geothermal despite its vast potential and how to overcome them. The event is a significant step that signals the importance of geothermal for the development of clean energy.
Following a public call for expression of interest addressed to geothermal experts operating in Europe and/or Mexico, the GEMex Stakeholders Board has been established and it will officially commence its activities in November 2017.
GeoTHERM has launched a call for papers to be presented at the 2018 edition of its congress, about shallow or deep geothermal energy. Interested speakers can send their abstracts until 8th of September 2017. Detailed information is summarized in the Call for Papers.
Cranfield University, UK, has launched a new Geothermal Engineering MSc, designed to meet the growing demand for specialists capable of ensuring this abundant renewable energy source is turned into a constant and independent supply. The MSc will start at Cranfield University in October 2017.
Over 50 participants completely filled up the Maelbeek room at the Résidence Palace Building, Brussels, to attend the session “Innovation in the Renewable Heating and Cooling sector”, organised by the RHC-ETIP as part of the official programme of the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2017 on 21st June. The programme intended to showcase successful stories of innovation in the renewable heating and cooling (RHC) currently in progress.
For an ambitious and coherent 2030 framework for climate and energy policies, binding targets are needed for energy savings, renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction. This is the successful triangle for an 80%-95% GHG emission reduced Europe by 2050 and be in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.
The Annual Event “Innovation in the Renewable Heating and Cooling sector” of the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC-ETIP) was successfully held on Tuesday 20th June, in Brussels, Belgium.
The International Energy Agency, which includes OECD countries and covers other major economies such as China or India, has issued its 2017 Tracking Clean Energy Progress report. In this publication, the Agency assesses the consistency of the deployment of different energy technologies with the 2°C scenario, and identifies those that are on-track and those that are not.
The EU founded project GEMex - Cooperation in Geothermal energy research Europe-Mexico for development of Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) and Superhot Geothermal Systems (SHGS) – has launched a call for interest inviting experts to be part of the GEMex Stakeholders Board.