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DEI geothermal energy research discussed in Parliament today in “heated” debate in historic Westminster Hall

(19 June 2018)

Research by DEI Director Jon Gluyas and DEI Fellow Dr Charlotte Adams was highlighted in a Parliamentary debate today in Westminster Hall on the potential for geothermal energy in UK.

Helen Goodman, MP for Bishop Auckland, led a debate in Parliament on the potential of geothermal energy in the UK. She is calling on the Government to take advantage of the huge potential of UK geothermal energy resources.

"There is a lot of potential for the use of geothermal energy available to us that we are not fully utilising"

Said Helen Goodman MP

During the debate, Helen quoted research on UK geothermal energy by CESI academics Professor Jon Gluyas and Dr Charlotte Adams of Durham University’s Durham Energy Institute who also form part of the research team for CESI (Centre for Energy Systems Integration).

Helen explained: “The oil and gas industry, which employs more than 300,000 people in the UK, is already struggling because of low oil prices. Developing our geothermal resources will give us enough energy to heat a quarter of UK homes for an entire century, and could create thousands of jobs.

“The environmental benefits are extremely significant too. If the 7 million homes in coalfield areas switched their gas boilers for a heat pump, 11 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions could be avoided every year, and we could reduce our carbon footprint drastically.

“Despite this, the Government have not been prioritising geothermal energy; it is almost completely ignored in their Clean Growth Strategy. I really believe that the Government needs to start exploiting this alternative, clean energy source more effectively to give British citizens and the environment a fairer deal.”

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