Sustainable engineering of georesources

Challenges & Positioning

Despite the significant growth of renewable energies, worldwide energy consumption forecasts for 2035 show that 75% of energy needs will still be covered by fossil energies. 40% of the resources essential for meeting these needs until 2050 still remain to be discovered. In this context, the ISIFoR Carnot institute is focusing on subsurface energies – mainly hydrocarbons – and the associated environmental challenges.

ISIFoR is at the heart of the energy transition challenge and its two main dimensions:

    • Development : energy is crucial for economic growth. It must be available and its price kept competitive.
    • Sustainability : global warming and pollution (water, air, soil) are two major challenges for the future. 

There are four levers for action in the energy transition challenge and ISIFoR is active on each of them:

Economic and societal stakes Techno-sectoral focuses of ISIFoR
Manage the risks and reduce the environmental footprint of fossil energy exploration and production activities on conventional and unconventional fields 
  • Water cycle
  • Safe techniques for exploring and producing unconventional resources 
Avoid a crisis in global fossil energy supply by improving exploration and production techniques
  • Increase the recovery factor of producing fields
  • New techniques for producing complex fields
  • New techniques for exploring frontier basins
  • Maintaining production on installations
Develop techniques for decontaminating, reducing, capturing and storing emissions and waste
  • CO2  storage
  • Energy storage
Support the development of decarbonated energies, energy savings and low carbon footprint transportation
  • Deep geothermal energy