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Why is geothermal energy the way forward for energy generation
by Joseph Hricovec

In the 21st century we are struggling with the impact of air pollution leading to millions of premature deaths per year and the effects of climate change threatening the planet. A lot remains to be done if the UK as a signatory of the Paris accord has to meet its targets. A huge source of CO2 emissions is our electrical energy grid and in the heating and cooling systems in our buildings and homes.

Geothermal energy is the way forward in our struggle to lessen emissions and reduce global warming. The UK’s Clean Growth Plan offers a measure of how important it is to use geothermal energy now.

The Clean Growth Plan goal is for clean energy and clean growth in more than 70 UK cities. According to this, UK’s CO2 emissions are required to fall 57% below 1990 levels by the year 2032.

Using geothermal energy through heat pumps will tackle this problem. The Southampton City Council had set up the first geo thermal heating system in the UK. This was part of its goals to become a self-sustaining city in energy generation. You can judge its effectiveness from the fact that it has been operational for 25 years now and it is saving 10000 tons of CO2 per annum.

Our planet has a vast reserve of renewable energy. Geothermal energy’s huge potential lies in the underground heat that is in 99.9% of our planet. Ground source heat pumps are a sure way of using underground heat to save energy and reduce carbon emissions from heating and cooling. Using this vast source of geothermal energy to power our buildings brings benefits of Green Energy buildings to buyers and has immediate benefits for the surrounding areas.

Specifically, the use of geothermal energy as part of the energy mix in our homes and buildings ensures a stable temperature within, maintaining the air quality and reducing your energy bills as well.

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