Il Consiglio Nazionale dei Geologi e la Federazione Europea dei Geologi sostengono il ruolo cruciale delle Geoscienze nell’azione per il clima alla COP28

Il Consiglio Nazionale dei Geologi e la Federazione Europea dei Geologi sostengono il ruolo cruciale delle Geoscienze nell’azione per il clima alla COP28

In occasione della XXVIII Convenzione quadro delle Nazioni Unite sui cambiamenti climatici, COP28, il 3 dicembre 2023, il Presidente del Consiglio Nazionale dei Geologi, Arcangelo Francesco Violo e il Segretario Consigliere, Domenico Angelone, insieme con il Presidente della Federazione Europea dei Geologi, David Govoni e alla Global Ambassador, Maureen Gallagher, hanno partecipato al convengo “Rinnovare i Territori per sostenere la multi-transizione e lo sviluppo del Terzo Millennio”, organizzato da Ferrara Expo (Società del Gruppo Bologna Fiere S.p.A. Group) all’interno del padiglione italiano dell’Expo City di Dubai.

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National Council of Geologist and European Federation of Geologists

Advocating for Geoscience’s Crucial Role in Climate Action at COP28

Dubai, December 4, 2023 – In the wake of its official accreditation as an Observer by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) earlier in 2023, the European Federation of Geologists (EFG), along with with the National Council of Geologists (CNG), is at the forefront in promoting the indispensable role of geosciences in addressing global climate challenges at COP28 in Dubai.

From November 30 to December 13, 2023, world leaders are convening in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to navigate the complex landscape of global climate change. The global community of geologists is gathering at COP28 to address the crucial role of geosciences in combating climate change. In a joint effort, the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) with President David Govoni and Global Ambassador Maureen Gallagher, along with its Italian national member association, the National Council of Geologists (CNG) represented by President Arcangelo Francesco Violo and Secretary Domenico Angelone, are advancing the cause to promote tangible and synergistic solutions.

CNG President Arcangelo Francesco Violo and EFG President David Govoni speaking at the Italian Pavilion on 3 December 2023.

Geology Plays a Pivotal Role in Fighting Climate Change

Geologists, through their study of climate change impacts on natural hazards like landslides, coastal erosion, earthquakes, and sea-level rise, play a pivotal role in addressing some of the most pressing issues in society. These also encompass the access to renewable energy sources, mineral supply and water management. Geologists are instrumental in delivering most of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ensuring resilience to environmental change or geological hazards for people, jobs, and infrastructure.

CNG President, Arcangelo Francesco Violo emphasises “the role of geologists is crucial in planning the future of society, in a context where the environmental and land pressures continue to intensify. This challenge is further exacerbated by the growth of the global population, leading to increased poverty and challenges in accessing basic necessities. The management and conservation of threatened natural resources is the real challenge for achieving a sustainable future, in a landscape where each of us is called upon to play our part”.

The joint presence of the EFG and CNG at COP28, clearly manifests the geological community’s commitment to addressing crucial environmental challenges and underscores the urgency of globally coordinated actions to ensure a sustainable future for our planet. About the geologists’ presence at COP28, EFG President David Govoni clearly points out “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”.

Showcasing Innovation: CRM-geothermal and CEEGS Projects

EFG proudly presents two groundbreaking EU-funded projects at COP28 – 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.

The Horizon Europe-funded CRM-geothermal project aims at combining the extraction of critical raw materials and energy from geothermal fluids, intending to decrease the European Union’s dependency on imported resources, aligning with the objectives of the EU Green Deal.

CEEGS is pioneering a cross-sectoral technology for the energy transition. By combining renewable energy storage, CO2 storage in geological formations, and geothermal heat extraction, CEEGS aims to significantly contribute to the global shift towards sustainable energy practices.

Importance of a skilled geological workforce to reach 2030 SDGs

In collaboration with the Italian National Council of Geologists, David Govoni delivered a thought-provoking 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 December 3, emphasised the role of geosciences in driving a multi-transition approach towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

EFG is actively engaged in policy advocacy at the European level, calling for increased investment in geoscience education and training. Additionally, the Federation advocates for a stronger political recognition of the profession of Geologist in relevant EU legislation. Elevating the profile and competencies of the geological workforce and facilitating international mobility are deemed crucial in tackling climate change effectively.

EFG President David Govoni speaking at the Italian Pavilion on 3 December 2023.

Photo: Maureen Gallagher.

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