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EnerGEO launches assessment of environmental impacts of energy

The kick-off meeting of the EnerGEO project (Energy Observation for monitoring and assessment of the environmental impact of energy use) took place on 24 November 2009. The project is being executed under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technology Development of the European Commission (EC).

The project coordinator, Mr. Emile Elewaut of the Netherlands Institute for Applied Scientific Research, welcomed 32 representatives of the EC, the GEO Secretariat, and other contributing organizations to Utrecht, The Netherlands to launch this four-year European sponsored project. Twelve project partners discussed and clarified the approach taken by this 7th Framework project, as well as its integration with, or contribution to, GEOSS. The details of the content, responsibilities and outputs of the project were also identified.

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The focus of EnerGEO is to develop a strategy for making a global assessment of the current and future impact of the exploitation of energy resources on the environment and on ecosystems. This will involve using existing environment and energy models and satellite data. Four pilots will demonstrate impacts in the fields of fossil fuels, biomass, wind energy and solar energy.

EnerGEO will deliver a prototype distributed system that is compliant with GEO standards and architecture, enabling the collection of and access to data concerning the effect of energy use on the environment and on ecosystems. The system will make it possible to evaluate the impact of different energy transition scenarios and to quantify the environmental costs of energy exploitation.

By developing a distributed system based on the recommendations of the GEO Architecture and Data Committee (ADC), EnerGEO will support the global collection and dissemination of data relating to the effect of energy use on the environment. The inclusion of active members of the GEO Energy Community of Practice should ensure sustained contributions to GEO Tasks EN-07-02 and EN-07-03.