BESTEC announced as winner of the European Geothermal Innovation Award 2014 at GeoTHERM Offenburg.
The first European Geothermal Innovation Award was presented to Jörg Baumgärtner (Bestec) by Burkhard Sanner (EGEC) this morning.
Collecting the award, Jörg Baumgärtner said “we as a company are proud to be involved in the continuation of the European success of the EGS technology developed a Soultz, which depended on the contribution of experts from several countries. Knowledge we gained there was developed further at Landau and Insheim”
Baumgärtner thanked and praised the BESTEC team, who he described as “a dynamic crew, always ready to deeply engage in new projects.”
The ongoing reform of the EU State Aid regime is of vital importance for the geothermal industry. EGEC has submitted its response to the Commission’s consultations on two important proposals from the European Commission.
The new General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER):
EGEC welcomes the overarching objective of the draft GBER. In particular, we welcome the provisions on energy efficiency projects relating to buildings (Para37) and efficient district heating and cooling (Para 42).
Following the successful RHC/ EGEC brokerage event on 16th January, EGEC will host another information and B2B session at the EGEC stand (73a), GeoTHERM Offenburg, Friday 21st February, 9:15-9:45.
The session will be an opportunity to learn more about the opportunities under the funding programme, ask questions, and meet potential business partners.
In a non-binding resolution adopted today, the European Parliament has taken a first step to a substantial improvement of the Commission’s proposal for a 2030 climate and energy framework.
On 22nd January, the European Commission proposed a 40% GHG emission reduction target only, accompanied by an EU-wide target of 27% RES which would be non-binding on Member States. EGEC welcomes the Parliament’s call for additional targets for renewables (30%) and energy efficiency (40%). According to MEPs, these targets should be binding and implemented through individual national targets, taking account of each member state’s situation and potential.
The Parliament has also urged the European Commission and Member States to fully include heating and cooling in the post-2020 strategy, and to assess the potential for developing flexible renewable generation technologies such as geothermal in order to balance the grid and secure the supply of electricity.