Geothermal: integral to government thinking on sustainable development
Around the world
It was at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 that world leaders expressed their awareness and concern about the advanced stage of environmental damage being caused worldwide (depletion of natural resources, sea and land pollution, the greenhouse effect, acid rain, etc.). Acutely aware of the need to reverse or at least slow this trend, most countries – including the member states of the European Union – are now putting sustainable development concepts into practice as part of their wider policies. As a result, geothermal is seen as an extremely promising option for sustainable development.
Commitments made at the Grenelle Environment Round Table (to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a factor of 4 by 2020) are encouraging the development of geothermal energy: by 2020, the contribution of geothermal heat to the energy mix should have increased sixfold. To achieve this target, the government is considering, among other things, the development of geothermal heating in office buildings, public facilities and collective housing, in regions where the resource is plentiful, particularly in the Paris Region.
Read about some examples of ENGIE’s geothermal solutions around the world
Thassalia: the first marine geothermal power plant in Marseille
The Thassalia marine geothermal project was specially designed to meet the needs of Marseille's Euroméditerranée eco-city business center, the largest urban regeneration program in Southern Europe. It is the first project of its kind to generate heating, hot water and air conditioning on such a scale. The Thassalia power plant transforms the Mediterranean Sea into a sustainable source of energy for an area of nearly 500,000 m2 of buildings in Marseilles.
A partnership associating the Euroméditerranée development agency, local and regional authorities and private companies, the project is a true example of innovation driving energy transition and efficiency. Cofely Services has contributed its expertise in thermal engineering and Climespace, the ENGIE Group's expert in urban cooling networks, its expertise in refrigeration.