The Final Conference of the GRETA project took place on November 7th, 2018 in Villeurbanne, France, bringing to a close the three-year European project in which an international consortium of 12 European partners demonstrate the potential of near surface geothermal energy (NSGE).
NSGE is a renewable and sustainable energy source of the future. One single installation can provide both heating cooling as well as domestic hot water for all types of buildings and infrastructures in a cost-effective way. NSGE is climate friendly and contributes to the reduction of air pollution by replacing outdated heating systems. In addition, it is silent and does not interfere with the existing landscape or heritage buildings. But although this technology can be used in a majority of geological conditions, its potential is still scarcely acknowledged.
The 12 partners of the Interreg-funded GRETA project worked together to unlock the potential of shallow geothermal energy in the Alpine Space and to foster the integration of this technology into future energy plans at different administrative levels. The approach was designed to help to reduce total CO2-emissions in environmentally-sensitive regions using widely-available renewable energy sources, thus establishing transnational integrated low-carbon policy instruments.
During the project, the consortium created tools to map the geothermal potential, as well as the environmental and economic benefits, of an expanded use of shallow geothermal energy at the local level, from buildings to entire municipalities. They also created communication tools targeted to different stakeholders to answer their questions and valorize the benefits of shallow geothermal energy where relevant.