Webinar: How to evaluate and take into account public perception in geothermal district heating and cooling projects


To meet the near-zero CO2 emissions by 2050, the decarbonisation of the heating sector should also be included in the countries’ priorities and climate change commitments. Among the barriers that this sector is facing is the public perception of the new technologies and their implementation due to lack of information, costs, trust and regulations. In recent years, the co-creation of public values and ideas is being considered as an option for public engagement.

The workshop is co-organised by the COST Action CA18219 “Research network for including geothermal technologies into decarbonized heating and cooling grids – Geothermal-DHC” and the EU funded project “Community-based development schemes for geothermal energy - CROWDTHERMAL”. This webinar is part of a series of activities entitled “Bringing geothermal heating and cooling networks closer to the people”.

It is generally acknowledged that public perception may jeopardise the deployment of a technological project, in this case, the use of geothermal for the decarbonisation of heating and cooling networks. Thus, this webinar aims to take the first step towards understanding how people perceive the use of geothermal energy, consider co-creation actions for the management of geothermal projects and how certain tools can be applied for the better planning and monitoring of geothermal projects. Finally, this webinar aspires to raise attention and involve the participants in Geothermal-DHC’s follow-up activities.

Programme for 4 July 2022 15:00 - 16:30 CEST

15:00 - 15:15: Introductory round table between the keynote speakers

15:15 - 15:35: Evaluation protocol for planning and monitoring of geothermal projects, Jan Hildebrand, IZES, CROWDTHERMAL project

15:35 - 15:55: Presentation of the results from GeoFood public perception survey, Maja Turnšek, University of Maribor

15:55 - 16:15: Collective action to support the development of sustainable district heating (focus on the project level: collaborative Business Model and co-creation), Johanna Ayrault, ENGIE, PhD candidate

16:15 - 16:30: Questions to the speakers and Joint discussion

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