Webinar – Geothermal energy in my back yard: tackling energy poverty with renewables, June 25, 2020

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Alexander Richter 23 Jun 2020

EGEC invites to a webinar on how renewables and geothermal systems can reduce energy poverty with a special focus on “Coal Regions” on June 25, 2020.

    The European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) continues its series of online webinars, now having scheduled a particularly interesting one on how renewables and geothermal systems can reduce energy poverty with a special focus on “Coal Regions”.

    • Date: June 25, 2020
    • Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm CEST

    Energy poverty is a widespread problem across Europe, as between 50 and 125 million people are unable to afford proper indoor thermal comfort. This is due to a mix of energy inefficient buildings and appliances, high energy expenses and low incomes. But energy poverty is also related to the energy sources used in buildings.

    Installing renewables systems – such as geothermal heat pumps and geothermal district heating & cooling – could greatly contribute to tackle this serious issue. The reasons are multiple. Renewables technologies for heating and cooling have low operational costs in the long run. They improve air quality and cut pollution coming from fossil sources. They are secure as they do not have to be imported from third countries. They are available all year around.

    This webinar will explore which policies and financial mechanisms could support the transition to these renewable technologies in buildings. It will also present some concrete examples of how geothermal systems can reduce energy poverty, with a special focus on “Coal Regions”.


    Introduction to energy poverty, Philippe Dumas, EGEC Secretary-General

    Financial and policy framework to support the transition to renewable heating and cooling technologies in buildings, Marion Malafosse, Policy Officer, European Commission Directorate-General for Energy

    Concrete examples of how geothermal systems can reduce energy poverty:

    • Case study in Hungary, Attila Kujbus, GeoEx Geothermal Express
    • Case study in Poland, Beata Kepinska, Polish Geothermal Society
    • Case study in Croatia, Goran Pavlovic, Eco Consult

    Decarbonising the heating and cooling sector with district heating, Olivier Racle, ENGIE

    Panel discussion on the most appropriate framework to tackle energy poverty with renewable heating & cooling technologies