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About us

    Launched at COP21*, the Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA) serves as a platform for dialogue, cooperation and coordinated action between the geothermal industry, policy makers and stakeholders worldwide.

    As stated in the Joint Communiqué on the Global Geothermal Alliance, the GGA is a coalition for action to increase the use of geothermal energy, both in power generation and direct use of heat. It calls on governments, business and other stakeholders to support the deployment of realizable geothermal potential. The Alliance has an aspirational goal to achieve a five-fold growth in the installed capacity for geothermal power generation and more than two-fold growth in geothermal heating by 2030.


    What the GGA is designed to do?

    a) foster an enabling environment to attract investments in geothermal energy;

    b) provide customised support to regions and countries with geothermal market potential;

    c) facilitate the exchange of insights and experience among key stakeholders in the geothermal energy value chain;

    d) identify and promote models for sharing and mitigating risks, in order to attract private investment and integrate geothermal facilities into energy markets.

    e) help to streamline outreach efforts to give geothermal energy greater visibility in the global energy and climate debates.


    * The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held in Paris, France, in December 2015

Members and Partners

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  • GGA MAP

    Members

    • 50 Members
    • 54 Partners

    Argentina, Bolivia, Burundi, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Malaysia, Mexico, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Switzerland, Tonga, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Partners

  • AC
  • ADB
  • AGA
  • AGE
  • AGH
  • MGA
  • AIIB
  • AU
  • BAGE
  • CanGEA
  • CARILEC
  • CEGA
  • CeMieGeo
  • CGA
  • Consejo
  • CREEI
  • CREIA
  • EAPP
  • EGEC
  • EIHP
  • ESMAP
  • GEAA
  • GEODEEP
  • Celle eV
  • Geoscience Ireland
  • Geothermal Canada
  • Geothermal Rising
  • GRO GTP
  • IDB
  • IGA
  • Iceland Geothermal
  • IRENA
  • ISDB
  • ISE
  • ISOR
  • NDF
  • NEA
  • NEPAD
  • OOAS
  • OECS
  • Pacific Community
  • RCREEE
  • REDMEREE
  • SAPP
  • SGS
  • SPR
  • UN
  • UNIDO
  • USEA
  • WING

How to join?

The GGA is an inclusive and neutral multi-stakeholder platform that brings together public, private, intergovernmental and non-governmental actors that share a common vision of accelerating the deployment of geothermal energy for power generation and other applications.

Member countries include geothermal resource-rich countries with established or emerging geothermal markets, along with other countries that wish to support the activities of the Alliance.

Partner institutions include:

  • Development partners, international and bilateral development organisations, international financial institutions, institutional investors, international organisations, and other development partners involved with geothermal energy.
  • Geothermal industry represented by geothermal business associations at the global, regional and national levels.
  • R&D and academic organisations operate in the geothermal energy field at regional, national or subnational levels.

Requests by interested countries and institutions should be sent to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the coordinator and facilitator of the GGA, by way of an official written request addressed to IRENA’s Director-General.

Member countries and partner institutions are not required to contribute any membership fee. The costs associated with GGA activities, including coordination meetings, shall be borne by participants.

GGA Action Plan

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The GGA Action Plan was endorsed by Members and Partners in May 2016, based on the principles stipulated in the GGA Joint Communique. It is set to coordinate closely with existing structures, programmes and facilities that share the common objective of promoting geothermal energy deployment at the international, regional and national levels. The Alliance will operate based on activities linked to the priority action areas identified in the GGA Action Plan, and will be supported in implementation as well as funding by committed Members and Partners.

Tools

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  • Global Atlas

    The Global Atlas for Renewable Energy

    The Global Atlas for Renewable Energy is a free online resource-assessment tool inclusive of maps on geothermal energy as well as solar, wind, marine and bioenergy resources. It facilitates a first screening of areas of geothermal investment opportunity
  • Transparency guide

    The BBA Geothermal Transparency Guide

    The BBA Geothermal Transparency Guide is an online tool which provides an insight into the legal frameworks governing exploration and development of geothermal energy, as well as an overview of data on energy production and capacity. Currently, 16 countries endowed with geothermal resources are featured in the database, with further countries to be included.

Regional and International Training Centres

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Events

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Florence, Italy

High-Level Conference of the Global Geothermal Alliance: Working Together to Promote Geothermal Energy Towards a Sustainable Energy Future

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

Publications

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    Powering Agri-food Value Chains with Geothermal Heat

    This report is a guidebook for policy makers which provides recommendations for accelerating the deployment of geothermal energy in the agri-food value chains. The recommendations are derived from an analysis of key success factors that enabled the development of various agri-food applications in different part of the world. The guidebook benefited from the input of 23 experts drawn from 17 member countries and partner organisations of the GGA, and other organisations.

    The proposed recommendations address challenges related to inadequate data on geothermal resources and existing heating demand for agri-food applications, absent or misaligned enabling framework conditions, inadequate financing, and lack of awareness. In addition, the guidebook recommends the adoption of methodologies to determine the tariff for geothermal heat as well as for quantifying the socio-economic impacts of deploying geothermal heat in the agri-food sector, as tools for supporting decision making.

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    Geothermal: The Solution Underneath

    Geothermal energy has been improving in efficiency, and there are now more than 15.4 gigawatts (GW) of installed geothermal power plants globally. Estimates show that geothermal energy can supply about 8.3% of the total electricity needs of the world and serve about 17% of the global. Geothermal technology can produce clean, baseload and flexible power generation, making it a promising option for the transition to clean energy and a more sustainable economic model. In addition to power generation, geothermal energy has multiple applications as a heat source or sink in end-use sectors such as building, agrifood and industry.

Note: Publications prepared by the GGA Members and Partners