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DYGEO: boosting support for geothermals to promote the use of this green energy

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In 2018, ADEME and BRGM decided to focus on increasing the visibility of geothermal energy. First of all, this involves uniting the organisations that are promoting geothermal energy around an “advocacy campaign” for surface geothermal energy and then also of increasing the visibility of geothermal energy on the Internet.

The need
With the Multi-Year Energy Plan predicting that renewable energies will contribute 38% of final heat consumption in 2030, geothermal energy has a major role to play in achieving this objective.

Right under our feet, the Earth's natural warmth thus offers great opportunities that must be promoted, to the right audiences, in an appropriate way, with maximum synergy.

The results

Following a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) on geothermal energy, and within the framework of their annual agreements (2018 and 2019) in the field of geothermal energy, BRGM and ADEME decided to build a case for local authorities in favour of surface geothermal energy, meaning energy retrieved from the first 200 metres of depth. On the one hand, surface geothermal energy has the greatest potential for development since it is available almost everywhere, and on the other hand, local authorities, which must now control their energy costs and set an example in environmental terms, are the most likely to make a profitable investment in this type of energy in the medium term. The Association Française des Professionnels de la Géothermie (AFPG), the Fédération Nationale des Collectivités Concédantes et Régies (FNCCR) and the Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables (SER) were involved in this process. This included identifying real-life examples that would illustrate the arguments intended for local authorities.

Using the results

The advocacy document – “6 good reasons to choose geothermal energy” – was published to coincide with France’s Renewable Heat Week in December 2018. Since then, 1,500 copies have been distributed to local authorities and it is also available via the ADEME/BRGM website on geothermal energy.

DYGEO: boosting support for geothermals to promote the use of this green energy

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