The European Federation of Geologists, an official observer organisation at the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP), proudly presented two groundbreaking EU-funded projects at COP28 in Dubai – CRM-geothermal and CEEGS. These initiatives stand at the forefront of developing disruptive technology solutions with the potential to support the global energy transition. The projects exemplify EFG’s commitment to advancing innovative approaches that contribute to a sustainable and resilient future.

EFG President David Govoni promoted CEEGS during a talk on “Understanding the Territories to Plan and Initiate the Multi-Transition – The Geosciences to Achieve the SDGs of 2030.” This presentation, part of an event at the Italian Pavilion on 3 December, emphasised the role of geosciences in driving a multi-transition approach towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

About the geologists’ presence at COP28, EFG President David Govoni stated that “participation in COP28 represents an unprecedented opportunity for our profession to collaborate with other sectors to address climate change. Finding ourselves at a critical juncture, geologists have been and will be instrumental in researching and implementing practical solutions on issues, such as land use planning with respect to the effects of climate change and in the energy transition on topics such as underground CO2 storage, critical materials research and geothermal energy utilisation. To achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, increasing the geologists’ presence in the field is essential”.

EFG’s Global Ambassador Maureen Gallagher also introduced CEEGS, on 1 December, at an event focused on the ‘Guidebook for Intergenerational Action: Reconciling Climate Goals with the Natural Impact of Critical Minerals’, scheduled for the afternoon of December 1, 2023, at the Peru Pavilion.

In addition, the EFG delegation promoted CEEGS during numerous informal networking occasions.