Successful Summary Conference of the EEA Project “Geothermal energy – a basis for low-emission space heating, improving living conditions and sustainable development – pre-feasibility studies for selected areas in Poland” – held by the Ministry of Environment in Warsaw the 24 October 2017.
One could become persuaded about how important geothermal energy is for stable and sustainable development in Poland during the Conference, which took place in the Ministry of Environment on 24 October 2017. It was a summary of the predefined EEA project titled: “Geothermal energy – a basis for low-emission space heating, improving living conditions and sustainable development – pre-feasibility studies for selected areas in Poland.” The conference was participated by four ministers and deputy ministers representing the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Development, Chancellery of Prime Minister of Poland, representative of the BoD the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, as well as councillor of the Kingdom of Norway – one of donor countries of the European Economic Areas Mechanism. The event was opened by Prof. Jan Szyszko – Minister of Environment, who emphasised key importance of geothermal energy development in Poland for the ministry headed by him. e was also attended by the representatives of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway – a donor country of the European Economic Area. During contributions the Project results were presented, including, inter alia, optimum geothermal heating development in 4 selected towns, namely Ladek-Zdroj, Konstantynow Lodzki, Poddebice, Sochaczew, crucial in the face of the planned significant support for geothermal system development in Poland or proposals of pilot projects.
The Conference was very successful, since it was attended by many participants, including representatives of not only scientific milieus, ministries and government agendas, but also experts in areas closely related to geothermal energy, representatives of local self-governments, towns interested in developing geothermal energy, investors, as well as specialised companies and associations, and last but not least, experts, representatives of donor countries (Iceland and Norway), being project partners. Good experience of cooperation between Poland and foreign partners participating in the project was emphasised during the Conference by the project leader representatives, namely Beata Kępińska and Krzysztof Galos, director (Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences). Opportunities for further cooperation were also underlined in order to promote the use of this kind of renewable energy.
The Project within the framework of which the Conference took place is performed by The Mineral and Energy Economy Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków (Project leader), AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Wrocław University of Science and Technology and foreign partners: National Energy Authority (Iceland), Christian Michelsen Research AS (Norway), European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC), as well as representatives of selected towns interested in implementing geothermal energy: Lądek-Zdrój, Poddębice, Konstantynów Łódzki and Sochaczew. Support from foreign partners regarded areas, where those countries have leading positions: Iceland – use of geothermal energy, Norway – use of geothermal low-temperature heat, EGEC – support and promotion of activities in the area of geothermal energy.
Photo: Marek Hajto