September 30, 2015
ThinkGeoEnergy will be attending and speaking at the upcoming inaugural conference of the Mayors’ Geothermal Club. This event is an international geothermal district heating conference and matchmaking event.
In preparation for the event we spoke with István Pári, of Geonardo Environmental Technologies who is organising the event as part the Geothermal Communities project.
The project is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7).
The Conference will take place October 8, 2015 followed by a field trip on October 9, 2015. Participation of the event is free and you can register via this website: https://www.b2match.eu/mayors-geothermal-club
What role you see communities and municipalities play in the renewable energy context?
As it is stated in the Cities, Towns and Renewable Energy – Yes In My Front Yard issued by the International Energy Agency in 2009 it is within the powers of local governments to influence the energy choices of their citizens. Several leading and progressive cities and towns have already taken innovative decisions to enhance the deployment and use of renewable energy resources within their geographic boundaries. Since the beginning of this decade, and for the first time ever, over 50% of the world’s population now live in urban environments. In addition according to the United Nations’ Population Division „In 2014 close to half of the world’s urban population lives in settlements with fewer than 500,000 inhabitants..” These proportions will continue to grow over the next few decades. The energy infrastructure that every city and town depends on will therefore need to be continually adapted and upgraded if it is to meet the ever-increasing demands for energy services. This provides the opportunity for local government leaders to encourage increased deployment of renewable energy systems and hence gain the multi-benefits they offer.
In OECD countries, many cities have already taken initiatives to reduce their energy demand through improved efficiency and conservation in an endeavour to reduce their dependence on imported energy and reduce their carbon footprints. Analysis confirms that, in many cases, the increased uptake of renewable energy technologies can also be an economically viable solution to energy security and climate change mitigation, especially when all the other co-benefits are taken into account. However, only a small proportion of local governments worldwide have developed policies and projects specifically to better utilise their local renewable energy resources and capture the benefits.
The whole interview can be found at ThinkGeonergy.comAuthor : Rita Balazs