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European Geothermal Congress 2013

3rd to 7th of June 2013, Pisa, Italy

The European Geothermal Congress 2013 (EGC 2013) will take place between the 3rd and 7th of June at the venue Palazzo di Congressi in Pisa, Italy. The five-day event is organised by the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) under the auspices of the European Regional Branch of the International Geothermal Association IGA (IGA-ERB), and in cooperation with the Italian Geothermal Association (UGI).

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The focus of this year’s congress is on new developments in science, technology, industry, and policy relating to geothermal energy across Europe. The scientific committee that will gather in Pisa will discuss both the technological and the socio-economic sides of geothermal energy.

A rich programme of parallel events will be staged during the congress including an exhibition on geothermal equipment, services and organisations, as well as short courses and conferences of EU-supported projects (already confirmed: Groundmed, Geoelec and Thermomap). On the last day of the event, an excursion is planned to Larderello power plant and its geothermal fields and lands, which celebrates its centenary in 2013.

Larderello Geothermal Power Station (Courtesy of ENEL)

Larderello Geothermal Power Station (Courtesy of ENEL)

Registration for EGC 2013 is now open, and participants across the world are welcome at the international event.

The European Green Capital Award aims to encourage cities to commit to ongoing and ambitious goals for further environmental improvement and sustainable development. The award is assessed on the basis of twelve environmental indicators evaluated by an Expert Panel and energy performance is one of these indicators. Globally, fossil fuels are the dominant source of energy of the cities. However, the model city of Stockholm, the 2010 European Green Capital, has the ambitious target of becoming wholly independent of fossil fuels by 2050. The path to this goal has been divided into clear interim targets, all detailed in the Stockholm Environment Programme 2012–2015. As part of this programme, the city’s CO2 emissions are expected to be reduced by 45% by 2020, as indicated too in the Sustainable Energy Action Plan submitted to the Covenant of Mayors Office.

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