EGEC Position on Energy Union Governance

Ahead of a meeting of the Directors-General for Energy and Climate on 15 July 2015, EGEC releases today a position paper setting out concrete proposals to develop a reliable and transparent Energy Union governance system.

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Key messages:

  •  A reliable, transparent, and integrated governance system of the Energy Union must make clear how, in the absence of 2030 national binding targets for renewables and energy efficiency, the meeting of EU-wide targets will be assured, and who will be responsible in case of failure.
  •  The governance system must be based on a number of legal principles: existing legal obligations for the achievement of the 2020 targets should remain untouched; new rules and processes governing the Energy Union should be agreed by the Council and Parliament in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure. Also, Member States must be accountable for their actions, as the achievement of the 2030 targets primarily depends on them.
  • Ensuring the 2030 targets for RES and energy efficiency are met: a combination of binding measures and EU financial mechanisms is a desirable option. A ‘carrot and stick’ framework, led by the EC, could be developed in four stages:

EGEC Practical Guide on Funding Schemes for Geothermal in and outside Europe

Following several requests from members, EGEC publishes today a guide covering funding schemes available for geothermal in and outside Europe.

This document is an updated version of the first EGEC guide on EU funding published in 2010. We aim to regularly update it as new programmes become available.

It initially covers all funding schemes from European or International institutions that are available for projects in Europe. A third section encompassing funding schemes for activities outside of Europe will be further developed later this year. It will be released together with a guide on export opportunities based on an in-depth analysis of the country updates published at WGC2015.

EGEC practical guide is for members only. Please find it in the members section of the website.

ReGeoCities material about shallow geothermal

The ReGeoCities project terminated on 30th June 2015 and it has produced a series of informational materials for the development of shallow geothermal in cities. It includes:

  • A complete guide to Developing Geothermal Heat Pumps in Smart Cities and Communities, which can be downloaded here.
  • A series of 4 factsheets (The technology; Benefits of geothermal heat pumps; Geothermal in smart cities and communities; Financing shallow geothermal projects) which can be downloaded here.
  • A short brochure about the future for GSHPs is also available here.

For a printed copy of the materials, contact the European Geothermal Energy Council.

EGEC Newsletter June 2015

The June edition of the EGEC newsletter is now available.Click here to read it.


European Sustainable Energy week


June Newsletter Cover
2020 renewables targets: EU Commission urges new measures for geothermal heat technologiesTowards an EU Strategy on Heating and Cooling: Key recommendations from the renewable heat industriesDon’t cap renewables and efficiency: Call from renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental associations.
International Energy Information Portal Relaunched in USAUS, Philippines, Indonesia top-3 in geothermal capacity 2014.

Solutions for Energy, climate and food security: Geothermal use in agriculture

Today Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Arias Cañete delivered a keynote speech at the “Sustainable Solutions for Energy, Climate and Food Security” event at the European Pavilion of the Universal Exhibition in Milan.To coincide with this event, EGEC has produced a new brochure on the role of Geothermal in the agri-food industry.Geothermal supplies sustainable and stable heat that can cover much of the energy demand in agriculture (i.e. mainly low and medium level temperature heat below 200°C) in all sectors of the industry (e.g. greenhouses, aquaculture or drying, etc). Brochure Agriculture 2015
It is a competitive technology that protects producers from the price fluctuations of fossil fuels, and which reduces overtime the share of energy in their total production costs. It is available everywhere around the world for agriculture purposes and therefore creates direct and indirect local jobs across the value chain.

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