DARLINGe – Danube Region Leading Geothermal Energy | Launch event

Successfully addressing the first call of the Danube Transnational Programme: DARLINGe, a new geothermal project will work to boost the sustainable utilization of the existing, however still largely unexploited, deep geothermal resources in the heating sector in the Southern region of the Pannonian Basin.

The specific objectives of the DARLINGe project are: to increase the use of geothermal energy and help the penetration of energy efficient cascade systems; to establish a market-replicable tool-box (methodology) for sustainable geothermal reservoir management; to advance stakeholder cooperation to foster geothermal developments and to create a strong geothermal value chain.

According to the DARLINGe project team, the project results will contribute to increase the share of geothermal energy in the energy mix and to make its use more efficient and sustainable, therefore reducing the dependence of the Danube Region on imported fossil fuels.

The launch event of the project will take place on April 10 2017, at the Geological and Geophysical Institute of Hungary, 1143 Budapest, Stefánia 14. More details and the draft agenda are available here.

For further information please visit the project website and subscribe to the newsletters: http://www.interreg-danube.eu/darlinge

EGEC response to Public Consultation on the reform of VAT rates

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the reform of VAT rates in Europe (proposal for a Council Directive amending Directive 2006/112/EC).

In its response, EGEC stated that the VAT system in the European Union should be aligned to the objectives of the Energy Union and become an effective tool (and not a barrier) to promote investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

In particular, it is suggested to extend the exemptions to the application of the standard rate of VAT to renewable energy and energy efficient goods and services. In parallel, it is key to remove VAT exemptions to the use of fossil fuels for non-vulnerable consumers. Today’s exemptions risk to create lock-in effects and contradict the numerous calls for the removal of subsidies and regulatory incentives to fossil fuels.

The full EGEC contributions are available here and here.

RHC-ETIP Annual Event and Call for projects: Innovation in the renewable heating and cooling sector

The European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating & Cooling (RHC-ETIP) is looking forward to welcoming  our members and all other stakeholders who are interested in our work at the 2017 edition of its Annual Event taking place on 20th June in Brussels, during the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), at CENELEC, Avenue Marnix 17, Brussels, Belgium.

The event aims to present innovative projects in the renewable heating and cooling sector, with a view to discussing the conditions to support innovations in the RHC sector and to highlighting research priorities to be addressed in the future. Unlocking the huge innovation potential of the RHC sector is crucial to achieve the targets of the Clean Energy Package. By presenting already ongoing progress and the work of the RHC-ETIP, the event will promote a discussion with all relevant stakeholders on how innovation can be stimulated based on the existing experiences in the RHC sector. For more details on the call for projects, please visit the RHC-ETIP website.

Further information on the agenda and the registration procedure will be available shortly here.

The RHC-ETIP brings together stakeholders from the biomass, geothermal, solar thermal and heat pump sectors – including the related industries such as district heating and cooling, thermal energy storage, and hybrid systems – to define a common strategy for increasing the use of renewable energy technologies for heating and cooling. More information about the geothermal technology panel are available here.


Statement on ambition for Renewable Heating & Cooling



2020-2030 must not be a lost decade for renewable heating and cooling

To meet the EU’s Paris commitments and 2050 climate objectives, the decarbonisation of the heating and cooling sector is crucial. Yet, in a sector largely dominated by fossil fuels, RES-HC (18.1%) are progressing more slowly than in electricity (28.3%). The 2020-2030 period cannot be a lost decade for the renewable heating and cooling industry and for the whole EU decarbonisation agenda.

For electricity generation, the European Commission’s impact assessment foresees a 49% share of renewables by 2030. Meanwhile, the share of RES in heating and cooling would only be 27%. This is insufficient to decarbonise the largest segment of our energy system, which, in the Commission’s scenario, would still represent 40% the final energy consumption in 2030 (with electricity representing 28%).

In absolute terms, these forecasts send a negative signal for the industry. As shown in the graph below, they model a mere 5 Mtoe increase of RES-HC production between 2020 and 2030. This is much less than what was developed from 2004 to 2014 when biomass, solar thermal, geothermal and aerothermal delivered 26 Mtoe of additional RES-HC. This underlines the inaccuracy of the models used by the Commission in representing the sector and its dynamics.

Geothermal News February 2017

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  • A word from the EGEC President: EGEC at GeoTHERM, the European Geothermal Innovation Award 2017, and General Assembly of the DG ETIP


  • Energy Ministers discuss new EU energy package
  • Briefing on the proposed new Renewable Energy Directive available for EGEC members


  • GEOTHERMICA pre-announces a joint call for Geothermal Projects
  • Switzerland announces attractive feed-in-tariffs for geothermal power
  • Fonroche to start drilling for a new geothermal project in the Alsace, France, in June 2017
  • New MSc in Geothermal Engineering
  • TURBODEN awarded by MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES the Best Innovation Prize of 2016
  • ADEME report on costs of renewable energy in France
  • In Iceland electric cars will be powered by geothermal energy
  • enOware GmbH awarded the European Geothermal Innovation Award 2017


  • GEOTHERMICA: Accelerating the deployment of geothermal energy in Europe
  • Deep Geothermal ETIP: New Steering Committee elected in Offenburg


  • EUSEW: Call for contributions
  • IGC Turkey 2017
  • Der Geothermiekongress 2017: Call for papers
  • EE & RE Exhibition & Conference for South-East Europe
  • … and more