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Energy: Strategic Target

Before 2015, GEO aims to:

Close critical gaps in energy-related Earth observations and increase their use in all energy sectors in support of energy operations, as well as energy policy planning and implementation, to enable affordable energy with minimized environmental impact while moving towards a low-carbon footprint.

This will be achieved through:

Engaging and working with governments, national and international energy agencies, the energy industry, research communities and other stakeholders in order to:

  • map user needs and requirements for specific energy data sets (e.g. geophysical, geological, biological, weather, climatological, pollutant and greenhouse gases as well as socio-economic data);
  • develop best practices for the integration of information as well as support capacity building.

Initiating environmental impact studies to identify what data are needed to collect and share by developers to ensure impacts on the environment be as low as reasonably possible for all energy sources (biomass, fossils, geothermal, hydropower, nuclear, ocean, , solar and wind);

Initiating application and demonstration projects where earth observations are used for all sources of energy, thus enabling:

  • improved energy management, including balance between energy demand and supply as well as development of alternative energy scenarios;
  • safe, efficient and affordable development and operation of existing and new energy resources, with emphasis on minimizing environmental and societal impact while moving towards a low-carbon footprint;
  • advancement of the application of data, systems and tools.

This will be demonstrated by:

Significant increase in use of Earth observations by all sectors for improved:

  • Environmental, economic and societal impact assessments of energy exploration, extraction, conversion, transportation and consumption.
  • Prediction of potential hazards to the energy infrastructure.
  • Prediction of the production of intermittent sources of energy.
  • Mapping of renewable energy potential.

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