GEOENVI (EU project)
Tackling the environmental concerns for deploying geothermal energy in Europe
Project type:

Research / Development & Innovation

Project Location:

Various sites in Europe

GeoEnergy Europe Partners:
ENEL Green Power
Non GEE Partners:

National Research Council (IT), Association Pour la Recherche et le Developpement des Methodes (FR), Orkustofnun (IS), GEORG (IS) Jeotermal Elektrik Santral Yatirimcilari (TR), Dokuz Eylul Universitesi (TR)

Background & context:

Deep geothermal energy production in some regions is confronted with a negative perception, and a special attention from some decision-makers, in terms of environmental performance. As a result, decision makers and potential investors have concerns about possible environmental impacts and risks involved in implementing geothermal projects, and social resistance often results in practical obstacles - such as significant slowdowns - to the deployment of the deep geothermal resources.

Project Summary:

The first objective of the GEOENVI project is to make sure that deep geothermal energy can play its role in Europe’s future energy supply in a sustainable way. Secondly, GEOENVI aims at engaging with both decision-makers and geothermal market actors, to have the recommendations on regulations adopted and to see the LCA methodology implemented by geothermal stakeholders.

Project achievements & innovative aspects:

GEOENVI aims to create a robust strategy to respond to environmental concerns: • by assessing the environmental impacts and risks of geothermal projects operational or in development in Europe, and • by providing a robust framework to propose recommendations on environmental regulations to the decision-makers, an adapted methodology for assessing environment impact to the project developers, and finally • by communicating properly on environmental concerns with the general public.

Project Funding:
EU H2020
Project Budget:
2 495 871,50 €