Major victory for Geothermal Energy in the EU

January 24, 2024

The European Parliament’s Plenary voted on a resolution to support a European geothermal energy strategy. MEPs overwhelmingly (531 votes in favour, 2 against and 20 abstentions) adopted a Report on geothermal energy that recognises the huge potential of geothermal energy and sets the stage for a greener and more sustainable future.

The main points of the report:

  • Governments are urged to invest in geothermal resource mapping and drilling.
  • The European Geological Data Infrastructure (EGDI) takes centre stage, providing access to pan-European and national geological datasets.
  • Geothermal energy is seen as a game-changer for the decarbonisation of district heating systems.
  • The EU needs to streamline the permitting process for geothermal projects to make them more attractive to investors.

This recognition by the EU Parliament highlights the crucial role of a sustainable Geological service for Europe.

Explore GeoEnergy maps and datasets on EGDI.

Full EU Parliament’s Report on geothermal energy is available here.

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