Press release | 23.11.2017

The energy under our feet: Video makes geothermal energy accessible

Short film by EU-funded Greta project wins award for best communication of a complex topic

Munich/Frankfurt, 23 November 2017. The European Association for Alpine Strategy has awarded its video competition prize to a short film promoting the use of near-surface geothermal energy in municipalities. “Near-surface geothermal energy is rarely integrated into municipal energy planning. This video and the Greta project aim to make this sustainable energy source more accessible," explains Andreas Kress, Greta project manager at the Climate Alliance city network. The project partners of the Greta initiative presented the film for the first time on 7 November at their mid-term conference in Salzburg. The EU’s Interreg – Alpine Space funding programme organised the competition inviting a total of 33 initiatives in the Alpine region to submit videos. Three of these were recognised today at the annual Alpine Strategy Forum in Munich.

Further information


Janina Emge
Project manager, Climate Alliance
+49 69 7171 39 -27 | j.emge(at) 

Sarah Mekjian
Communications Director, Climate Alliance
+49 69 7171 39 -20 | s.mekjian(at)


The GRETA project (Near-surface Geothermal Resources in the Territory of the Alpine Space) promotes the sustainable use of near-surface geothermal energy in the Alpine region and thus contributes to a reduction in CO2 emissions. GRETA provides concrete support for the exchange of knowledge on licensing and implementation practices between Alpine countries as well as the assessment of area-wide potentials. The project also provides technical information for planners and municipalities. A geothermal potential map provides a basis for decision making regarding the integration of geothermal plants into political planning instruments and guidelines developed within the project facilitate the harmonisation of implementation processes and approval procedures in the Alpine region.