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GSAP - Geothermal Sustainability Assessment Protocol

Introducing the Geothermal Sustainability Assessment Protocol (GSAP), a project funded by GEORG (Geothermal Research Group) in Iceland. The aim of the project is to promote best practices for the sustainable utilization of geothermal resources.
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Ruth Shortall

on 19 August 2013

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Transcript of GSAP - Geothermal Sustainability Assessment Protocol

Geothermal Sustainability Assessment Protocol (GSAP)
Iceland
Nesjavellir Power Plant
Olkaria Power Plant(s)
Kenya
Background
AIM:

To develop an assessment tool that defines best practices for the sustainable utilization of geothermal resources

Energy
Challenges....
Geothermal Energy Has....

New paradigm requires a much broader assessment of energy development

New Zealand

Wairakei Power Plant
Stakeholder Engagement:
Delphi Technique
Stakeholder Engagement
Delphi Technique
Used When...
Aim of GSAP Delphi

1. To define and refine the list of critical geothermal sustainability goals and indicators, and

2. To seek consensus on those critical geothermal sustainability goals and indicators.

Benefits....
Drawbacks
Indicators...
What makes a good indicator...
START
Participants invited to online questionnaire via email


ROUND 1
ROUND 2
End of Process
Participants have moved towards consensus

Results are published
Delphi Process
Tell us about the state of a system
Show in which direction something is moving
Essential tools of sustainability assessment

Responsive
Relevant
Consensus on validity
Data readily available
Data regularly updated
Reference Value
Stakeholders still have “influence” via their comments
Consensus will never be “100%” – output is still an opinion
Requires facilitation
while interpreting
results
Provides diversity of views on the issue

People located in different areas

Time consuming

Expensive
Drawbacks:
How it Works...
Highly structured and formalized type of communication
Aims to extract unbiased opinions and sometimes consensus from a group of experts.
Completely anonymous

Participants are unknown to each other
2012
Early 2013
Late 2013
2011
2010
Case Study:
Nesjavellir Power Plant,
Iceland
Case Study:
Wairakei Power Plant,
New Zealand
Case Study:
To be decided,
Kenya
Masters Thesis
PhD Thesis
?
Do you want to take part
info@gsap.is
www.gsap.is
Macroeconomic growth

Prosperity
Economic development
Well-being
Environmental Stress
.......a vital component of sustainable development
Social
Environmental
Economic
Avoid negative health impacts
Increase access
Affordability
Energy security
Efficiency
Positive social benefits
Economic benefits
Renewability or sustained yeild
Participants are geographically distant
Too many participants
Too expensive to hold meetings
Serious disagreements exist
Minimises bandwagon effect
Avoid domination by strong personalities
Avoids conflict
New sustainability goals suggested by participants
Comments and rating of existing indicators
New indicators suggested
Feedback from facilitators
Comments and rating for goals
Comments and rating for indicators
Feedback from facilitators
ROUND 3
[presented by]

Ruth Shortall
PhD Student at
University of Iceland

co-funded by:
Thanks!
Comments and rating for goals
Comments and rating for indicators
Feedback from facilitators
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