The advantages of using geothermal for power production and heating and cooling (H&C) are still underexplored. In some regions, deep geothermal energy production has gained a negative perception, due ot its potential environmental impact, which could seriously hamper its market uptake.
The main goal of GEOENVI is to create a robust strategy to respond to environmental concerns raised by decision-makers and the general public about geothermal projects in Europe. The project will achieve that by first assessing the environmental impacts and risks of geothermal operations and developing an adapted methodology for impact assessment, and then by providing recommendations on environmental regulations to decision-makers.
GEOENVI aims to engage with decision-makers and other actors in the geothermal market, to collect feedback and recommendations on regulations adopted and methodologies used in particular for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). The engagement with stakeholders includes sharing knowledge and adopting an open and FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable) data approach.
The project will also focus on communication activities to properly inform the general public about risks and benefits of geothermal energy and to address environmental concerns and social resistance that often results in practical obstacles, such as significant slowdowns of geothermal projects.