Smart Buildings

Building Efficiency Creates Opportunity to Match US Shale Gas Revolution

Shale gas is not a wonder solution to solve all energy concerns in Europe. This is what a recently published document of EASAC (European Academies Science Advisory Council) has stated. The stance taken matches the beliefs of many researchers around the European Union (EU), all of them warning about the uncertainties that may be caused by unprospected deposits, the dramatic decrease in oil prices, and significant environmental concerns. "Scientific or technological reasons do not require that the prospecting and production of shale gas by fracking or hydraulic fracturing be banned" the EASAC document reads. The organisation however warns that despite a continuous improvement of production technology shale gas cannot be considered as a universal remedy for meeting the demand for energy in this continent, neither should it be seen as a cure for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming. In fact fracking can increase global warming based on the amount of […]

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