About the Project

The GEOENVI project has the objective to make sure that deep geothermal energy can play its role in Europe’s future energy supply in an increasingly sustainable way and to create a robust strategy to answer environmental concerns. It will engage with all geothermal stakeholders to ensure the exchange of best practices, the test of harmonized methods in selected areas and then, to facilitate its replication across Europe. The project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and coordinated by EGEC.

About the Project

The GEOENVI project aims at answering environmental concerns in terms of both impacts and risks, by first setting an adapted methodology for assessing environment impacts to the project developers, and by assessing the environmental impacts and risks of geothermal projects operational or in development in Europe. The project will propose recommendations on harmonised European environmental regulations to the decision-makers and elaborate simplified LCA models to assess environmental impacts.

Deep geothermal has a great potential for development in many European countries. However, the advantages of using geothermal for power production and heating & cooling are not widely known. Recently, deep geothermal energy production in some regions is confronted with a negative perception, particularly in terms of environmental performance, which could seriously hamper its market uptake. Thus, environmental impact assessment is a prerequisite to the deployment of the deep geothermal resources.

The concept of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) allows analysis and comparison of the environmental impacts of different energy production technologies over their life cycle stages – from extraction of raw materials to production, transport, use and end-of-life.

The project, coordinated by EGEC, will be on-going for 30 months from November 1, 2018.

 

GEOENVI Objectives:

 

  1. To map Environmental impacts and risks, as well as their perception and to define how environmental footprint of deep geothermal plants in Europe is measured and controlled in different countries.
  2. To build a harmonized methodology to assess environmental impacts of geothermal plants using a life cycle approach
  3. To engage decision-makers and market actors to adopt recommendations on regulations and to see the LCA methodology implemented by geothermal stakeholders.

 

Target countries and case studies:

 

The GEOENVI project focuses on six key countries with varying deep geothermal potential, markets maturity, and geological settings: France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland, Turkey and Hungary. These countries have been selected because they have a potential for deep geothermal and there are plants already operating or under development.

They also present different and complementary geological settings, as well as profiles of environmental concerns. By collecting information in these countries, knowledge gained in experienced markets can be made accessible and transferred to stakeholders in less developed markets all over Europe.

Case studies have been selected to be treated in the project: they are located in Iceland (Theistareykir geothermal power plant), France (Soultz-sous-Forêts and Rittershoffen geothermal power and heat plants), Italy (Bagnore 3&4 geothermal power plants located in Amiata), Turkey (Kizildere geothermal plant), Belgium (Balmatt geothermal plant) and Hungary (Szeged district heating system).

This mix of case studies allows to combine projects at different phases of development, with difference about the most important environmental impacts and concerns, difference in the stakeholders involved, and with different geothermal technologies and geology.

The core of the project will consist in a suite of site-specific case studies in which environmental impacts and risks will be assessed for a life cycle assessment.

 

 

Partners

EGEC, the European Geothermal Energy Council, is a non-profit international organisation founded in ...

RETE GEOTERMICA is a network of sixteen industrial companies undertaking the development of geotherm...

Enel Green Power EGP is an Italian group company dedicated to the development and management of powe...

COSVIG

Italy

CoSviG (Consortium for the Development of Geothermal Areas) is a Italian public company, founded in ...

CSGI

Italy

CSGI (Italian consortium of research group) is an inter-university Italian research consortium of ex...

CNR-IGG

Italy

The National Research Council (CNR) is a public organization; its duty is to carry out, promote, spr...

BRGM

France

BRGM is the reference public institution in France for Earth Science applications in the management ...

ES-Géothermie (ESG) is a subsidiary of the ES (Electricité de Strasbourg) Group, part of EDF and i...

ARMINES (www.armines.net) is a private non-profit research and technological organisation (RTO) fund...

ISOR

Iceland

ISOR is a governmental non-profit service, research and training institute under the Icelandic Minis...

GEORG

Iceland

GEORG is an international research-driven cluster cooperation, formed in 2009. GEORG is a partnershi...

The National Energy Authority (NEA) is a government agency under the Ministry of Industries and Inno...

VITO

Belgium

VITO is a leading European independent research organization in the areas of clean tech and sustaina...

JESDER

Turkey

The "Jeotermal Elektrik Santral Yatırımcıları Derneği (in EN: Geothermal Power Plant Investors ...

The Dokuz Eylul University (DEU) is a public university located in Izmir, Turkey. Among the 15 facul...

The Mining and Geological Survey of Hungary (MBFSZ) is a central governmental body supervised by the...