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Could geothermal energy contribute to the UK’s low-carbon energy mix? EAC explores its potential and barriers with leading organisations on

1 September 2022

In a one-off evidence session exploring geothermal energy, the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) will be hearing from leading organisations considering the potential of harnessing geothermal technologies in the UK.

While data is lacking on the exact amount of geothermal heat available to the UK, most studies and stakeholders agree that there is significant resource available, a sentiment reflected in written evidence submitted to the Committee. Geothermal technologies can also play a role in the UK meeting its net zero commitment, by both decarbonising heat and generating low carbon baseload electricity. 

In the written evidence (to be published on 7th September) numerous trade bodies, companies and stakeholders identified several barriers facing the industry. EAC has been told that these barriers include a lack of Government support, including the closure of the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive, the regulatory framework and a lack of Government and public awareness.

Purpose of the session

As the composition of the UK’s domestic energy mix is re-evaluated following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, EAC is exploring whether and to what extent geothermal technologies can play a role in a low-carbon future.


Wednesday 7 September

From 2.45pm

  • Dr Nina Skorupska CBE, Chief Executive, Renewable Energy Association (REA)
  • Dr Ryan Law, Chief Executive, Geothermal Engineering Ltd.
  • Gareth Farr, Head of Heat and By-product Innovation, Coal Authority
  • Dr Corinna Abesser, Head of Geothermal Energy Research, British Geological Survey (BGS)

Immediately preceding this session, starting at 14:00, will be the Chief Executive of the North Sea Transition Authority giving evidence to EAC on Accelerating the transition from fossil fuels and securing energy supplies. More information can be found here.

Further information

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