The first high-level conference of the Global Geothermal Alliance took place on 11 September 2017 in Florence, Italy. The meeting was attended by 230 high-level public, intergovernmental, non-governmental and senior private sector representatives. Under the terms of the ‘Florence Declaration’ – an outcome of the meeting – governments reaffirmed the commitment to work together to identify and implement measures that will significantly increase the speed of geothermal energy development around the world.
Agenda, presentations, and pictures of the conference are available here
11 – 12 January 2020 | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
In the framework of the Tenth Session of IRENA Assembly, IRENA organised a thematic meeting of the Global Geothermal Alliance on 12 January 2020.
During the meeting of the GGA, representatives from Members and Partners and other key stakeholders discussed the status of the geothermal activities undertaken under the umbrella of the Alliance as well as the challenges, experiences and possible solutions to support geothermal development at national and regional level. The activities discussed include, among others, a geothermal market assessment for electricity and direct use in Eastern Africa, capacity building on the integration of low-temperature renewable energy resources in district heating and cooling networks and the joint IGA/IRENA/World Bank project on the classification of geothermal resources in accordance with the specifications for the application of UNFC-2009 to geothermal energy resources.
The presentations from the event are available here.- Global Geothermal Alliance: Updates on activities in 2019
05 – 06 December 2019 | Belgrade, Serbia
Under the umbrella of the Global Geothermal Alliance, IRENA organised a capacity building event on the “Integration of low-temperature renewable energy sources in district heating systems” in collaboration with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD); and back-to-back with a complementary event led by the bank on the Renewable District Energy in the Western Balkans (ReDEWeB) Programme. The event was held in the framework of the IKI project, “Energy Solutions for Cities of the Future”, and contributed to increasing the knowledge of local and national policy-makers and key stakeholders; on options and existing tools to facilitate fuel switch to low-temperature renewable energy in district heating and cooling in cities, particularly geothermal energy. The Agenda and the presentations for the event are available here.
05 – 07 February 2019 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
IRENA, the International Geothermal Association (IGA) and the World Bank co-organised a technical session with the Geological Survey of Ethiopia (under the Ministry of Mines) and UN Environment. The group trained local stakeholders on the UNFC specifications to geothermal energy and gathered information for the application in pilot fields in Ethiopia. The event was organised in the framework of a project currently undertaken by IRENA, IGA and the World Bank’s ESMAP, under the umbrella of the Global Geothermal Alliance.
12 January 2019 | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Side event of the Global Geothermal Alliance was held in the framework of the Ninth Session of the IRENA Assembly.
This meeting, took place on 12 January from 13:15 to 14:15, and provided the opportunity to share insights and experience on geothermal power and heat as well as to facilitate networking between GGA members and partners as well as other key stakeholders.
05 – 07 December 2018 | Saint Lucia
The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Commission (OECS) together with International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the International Geothermal Association (IGA) and the World Bank organised the Geothermal Energy Roundtable and United Nations Framework Classification (UNFC) Training Course for Geothermal Energy on 5th -7th December 2018, in Saint Lucia.
The event brought together key experts and decision-makers from the region to help advance and initiate regional cooperation for geothermal energy. The dialogue was followed by a training workshop that introduced the UNFC classification as part of a project currently undertaken by IRENA, IGA and the World Bank’s ESMAP, under the umbrella of the Global Geothermal Alliance. Programme and summary report are available on the OECS’s website here.
24 April 2018 | Reykjavík, Iceland
Two events of the Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA) took place in framework of the Iceland Geothermal Conference.
The first event on “Geothermal Direct Utilisation and Food Security” offered participants the chance to identify the key factors behind successful experience and presented partnership opportunities for projects and programmes related to the direct uses of geothermal energy with focus on food and agriculture.
The second GGA event, “Regional Cluster workshop: Strategies for future collaboration”, aimed to strengthen collaboration between regional and national industry platforms. The purpose of this event was to identify strategies which can be jointly developed or supported by industry clusters to promote geothermal development globally.
20 – 23 March 2018 | Flores Island, Indonesia
The International Geothermal Association, IRENA, and the World Bank/ESMAP organised a technical session to collect data and train Indonesian government officials and project developers on the application of the United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC-2009) to geothermal prospects on the island of Flores. The session kick-started a joint project undertaken in the framework of the Global Geothermal Alliance.
31 January – 02 February 2018 | Nairobi, Kenya
The workshop, organised with the support of the Government of Japan, gathered participants from governments, utilities, public and private companies as well as international, regional, and local financial institutions. The event allowed to assess the geothermal market status in East Africa, identify the main options to overcome the barriers that countries and project developers still face in the region, share best practices and innovative models to finance operations, including geothermal risk mitigation mechanisms, and explore how technical assistance can effectively support the scaling up of geothermal energy in the region.
Key findings available here.
22 November 2017 | Online
IRENA organized a webinar on 22 November 2017 on the development of bankable geothermal power projects. Experts in the field discussed best practices to assist project developers in developing bankable geothermal power projects. View the webinar
16 November 2017 | Bonn, Germany
Organised within the framework of the UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn, this High-Level Roundtable on will gather high-level representatives to examine how geothermal energy can play a role in the achievement of decarbonisation goals and in the implementation of nationally determined contributions. The event will also offer an opportunity to discuss how the GGA can further contribute to facilitating the exchange of experiences and best practices, mobilising finance to unlock geothermal investments and providing modern and sustainable energy services for all countries.
07 November 2017 | Frankfurt, Germany
ICG Invest Geothermal addresses today’s burning issues in geothermal investment in creating and fostering an investment and financing ecosystem to provide a line of informed public and private equity to fuel growth. Organised by ThinkGeoEnergy and Enerchange in partnership with GGA partners EGEC and World Bank, the event will be focusing on important elements of investing in geothermal energy development, such as risk mitigation, early stage financing, market incentives, blended financing options, multi-player projects and exit strategies.
21 – 22 August 2017 | San Salvador, El Salvador
During two days, 21-22 August 2017, representatives from the governments of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama as well as geothermal experts from the region and beyond exchanged views on the state of play and the key areas of support required to accelerate the deployment of geothermal energy in Central America. The second day of the workshop included the presentation of best practices from around the world and a visit to the Ahuachapán Geothermal Field and Power Plant.
23 – 26 October 2016 | Sacramento, USA
The event brought together geothermal leaders, developers, and exhibitors to exchange expertise and discuss geothermal developments in USA and abroad. It also featured an opportunity to familiarize the US stakeholders with the activities of GGA.
19 – 23 September 2016 | Strasbourg, France
Organised every 3 years, the European Geothermal Congress is the largest geothermal event in Europe. It also offered a platform to organize the GGA Meeting on Risk Mitigation and Project Financing
18 January 2016 | Abu Dhabi, UAE
The first gathering after the official launch of the initiative, aimed at collecting views on the priority areas of action for the Alliance.
08 December 2015 | Paris, France
The Global Geothermal Alliance has been launched at the COP 21 by a coalition of countries as well as development and industry partners.
15 – 16 June 2015 | Nairobi, Kenya
The event served as a platform to discuss the concept of the Global Geothermal Alliance initiative.