Addressing environmental concerns in the use of geothermal energy in Europe.

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The objective of the GEOENVI project is to respond to environmental concerns related to geothermal energy in Europe. Both the impacts and potential risks of both operational and developing projects in Europe are assessed using an adapted methodology. 

The objective of the GEOENVI project is to ensure that deep geothermal energy can play its role in the future energy supply in Europe in an increasingly sustainable manner and to develop a robust strategy to address environmental concerns. It will work with all geothermal stakeholders to ensure the exchange of best practices, to test harmonised methods in selected areas and then to facilitate their application across Europe.

An important outcome of the project is the development of a simplified Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology, which will allow the environmental impacts and benefits of geothermal projects to be easily calculated.

Funding and partners

The project is funded by the European Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, coordinated by the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC), and will run from November 2018 to April 2021.

The consortium consists of 16 parties from 6 countries (Belgium, France, Hungary, Iceland and Italy, Turkey).

BE: EGEC (coordination), VITO, Geological Survey of Belgium (GSB); FR: BRGM, ES-GĂ©othermie (ESG), ARMINES; HU: The Mining and Geological Survey of Hungary (MBFSZ); IS: ISOR, GEORG, The National Energy Authority (NEA); IT: ENEL Green Power, CSGI (Italian consortium of research group), RETE GEOTERMICA, CoSviG, The National Research Council (CNR); TU: JESDER, The Dokuz Eylul University (DEU)