A book, called “Geothermal Energy and Society” has been published in August by Springer. The editors are:
- Adele Manzella (Italian National Research Council (CNR), Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources (CNR-IGG), Pisa, Italy)
- Agnes Allansdottir (Fondazione Toscana Life Sciences, Siena, Italy)
- Anna Pellizzone (Italian National Research Council, Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources (CNR-IGG), Pisa, Italy)
This book explores the diverse aspects of the relationship between the technological harnessing of geothermal resources and the societies and local communities in which these developments take place.
The responsible use of geothermal energy can help with mitigating the effects of climate change and contribute to the development of renewable and sustainable energy mix in the transition toward a low carbon society.
As with all other developments in the energy sector, a sustained societal dialogue is essential as society plays an active role in either accelerating or preventing the development of new energy technologies.
This volume introduces a theoretical framework for a social scientific approach to the field and represents the first tentative collection of empirical case studies on geothermal energy and society from across the globe. It is organized into two sections. The first section is introductory to the issue of geothermal energy and the related policy and societal aspects, and is followed by a selection of eleven case studies constituting the second section. A conclusive chapter brings together the various contributions and sets out the lessons learned for this sector.