It gives you an overview on all our activities and important numbers. Please find the report here: IGA Annual Report 2019
The renewable industries will work together to deliver 100% renewable energy. This can only be achieved through renewable energy integration. Together, the renewable energy technologies are greater than the sum of their parts. A significant increase of investment in renewables will fuel economic growth, create employment and contribute to a climate-safe future. To ensure this, we call for the following:
- Accelerated deployment across all sectors, especially in heating, cooling and transport sectors, also by connecting the sectors. The uptake of renewables in heating and cooling remains slow, even though heating and cooling account for around half of total final energy demand. Policy attention in this area is still lacking.
- Substantial financial incentives for renewables to create competitive advantage for end-users and encourage self-supply. The deployment of renewables in the energy sector still faces multiple barriers. Policy support is needed to advance the achievement of a 100% renewable energy future. Policies ranging from pricing instruments to financial and fiscal incentives, quotas, and obligations, are needed to support clean, efficient and renewable energy projects.
- Consider additional benefits and services of renewables when designing market mechanisms, not just lowest price. The socio-economic benefits of the transition to a 100% renewable energy future is of vital importance. Mitigating climate change through the deployment of price competitive renewable energy need to be considered to future-proof our economy and society.
- Broader policy frameworks devoted to a just and inclusive energy transition. Renewable energy technologies lie at the heart of the energy transition. This transition should focus on deployment, enabling and integrating policies that allow the full variety of investors, from individuals, communities, SMEs up to larger companies to participate and invest.
- Development of green skills and renewable jobs offered to communities. Incentives for education and training are needed to match the future skills demand for the energy transition. These incentives should integrate social and gender equity.
- Mapping and promotion of health benefits of a green energy-based economy. Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy technologies is a positive force for climate, health and society
About the International Renewable Energy Alliance
The goal of Ren-Alliance is to foster collaboration, removing market barriers, identifying and promoting successful implementation strategies, enhancing business conditions and developing markets. This is to be achieved by the provision of reliable and up to date facts and considerations for more informed decision making at all levels of national and international policy and to further the principles and goals declared in the 2004 Bonn Declaration on Renewable Energies.
The REN-Alliance brings together five renewable industry organizations to promote the use of renewable energy technologies worldwide: the International Hydropower Association, the International Geothermal Association, the International Solar Energy Society, the World Bioenergy Association, and the World Wind Energy Association.
Hosted by Angela Lamont (technology journalist) and featuring Ryan Law (Geothermal Engineering Ltd), Marit Brommer (International Geothermal Association), Jon Busby (British Geological Survey) plus Nick Cameron and Mehdi Yusifov (bp) discuss, how generating low carbon electricity and heat from the energy beneath our feet is no longer restricted to areas like Iceland and the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’. Can we make geothermal power more widely available? How might oil and gas companies play a role? Tune in:
In an interview with REN21’s Katie Findlay, IGA Executive Director Dr. Marit Brommer spoke about potential for the geothermal sector to benefit from lower upfront costs and new partnerships with the oil and gas sector.
You can read the full interview here:
Three days full of inspiring conversations!
We would like to announce the IGA online geothermal event #StayEngaged that takes place on 2-4 June 2020 followed by the Annual General Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting where the new leadership team will be installed.
More info and registration here: #StayEngaged
We at the IGA are delighted to embark on this journey and work with Parhelion and partners on the ‘GeoFutures – GreenInvest’project. We are active in 64 countries around the globe and serve our 6000 members through 35 affiliated country organisations. East Africa is a key region and offers an unlimited potential for harnessing the geothermal resource. Mobilising insurance underwriting capital to de-risk geothermal investment opportunities is crucial to see the actual projects implemented on the ground. We are looking forward to build the expertise in East Africa and simultaneously to engage in conversations with the wider geothermal sector to see the results transferred in other key geothermal markets and regions as well.
Dr. Marit Brommer, IGA Executive Director
The IGA announces a change in the leadership team effective June 7, 2020.
Bonn, 18 May, 2020. The IGA will have a (virtual) annual general meeting on June 7 where we will see new board members taking their seat for their upcoming board term 2020-2023. The new leadership team will consist of:
- Ms Andrea (Andy) Blair – President
- Ms Pri Utami – Vice President
- Ms Jane Brotheridge – Secretary
- Mr Gabor Szita – Treasurer
In an interview with Mrs Blair she says „I am proud to serve the IGA for the coming 3 years as we continue to be a strong advocate for our industry, our people and our planet.
I want to send a clear and concise message to the world that geothermal is more than just a simple substitute for other energy sources, it can change how people live for the better. Geothermal energy can help provide solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems: access to water, poor food supply, climate change, unemployment, lack of diversity, poverty and the marginalisation of indigenous peoples. I will engage with global leaders and participate in conversations about the role geothermal can play in decarbonisation and increasing prosperity. We must be heard.“
The IGA is looking forward to welcoming Andy Blair as incoming President jointly with her leadership team on board and wishes them every success in their new roles.
Dr. Marit Brommer – IGA Executive Director
Despite the postponement of the World Geothermal Congress 2020 to May 2021, the organisers have decided to host a WGC virtual event. on April 27, 2020 – and feature the global updates on Geothermal Power Generation and Geothermal Direct Use.
The Organising Committee of the World Geothermal Congress 2020 in Reykjavik, Iceland, in conjunction with the International Geothermal Association (IGA), will be hosting a virtual event on Monday, 27 April 2020 – The same time as the opening ceremony was originally scheduled for. As the highly anticipated WGC in Reykjavik, Iceland had to be postponed to May of next year, work has continued in trying to connect the global geothermal community and provide some well-deserved distraction in these challenging times to all of us. The event will be streamed on the WGC website and will feature presentations on the Global Update Papers on Geothermal Power and Geothermal Direct Use respectively as well as an address from the President of Iceland, the Organising Committee and the IGA.
“While we were forced to postpone WGC 2020 due to the circumstances around the world, we are grateful for the understanding and continued support by registrants and sponsors for the decision to postpone the event by a year. So, we wanted to engage with the global geothermal community and thought organising a virtual event featuring the papers with global geothermal updates is a great way to do that. These updates highlight the great progress that our industry has made in the past few years and I think set a great stage for discussions next year in Reykjavik, namely, on the direction of our industry. We are honoured that the President of Iceland continues his support, also showing the level of commitment the government of Iceland has for geothermal.” so Dr. Bjarni Pálsson, Chair of the WGC 2020 Organising Committee and Head of Geothermal at Icelandic national power company Landsvirkjun.
Time of the event: Monday, April 27, 2020 – 2pm Icelandic time
Other time zones: 11pm (Tokyo), 9pm (Jakarta), 5pm (Nairobi), 4pm (Berlin), 10am (New York), 7am (San Francisco), 2am +1 day (Auckland)
- WGC2020 Organising Committee – Dr. Bjarni Pálsson & Hidda Thorsteinsson
- Address by the President of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson
- Address by the President and Executive Director of IGA, Alexander Richter & Dr. Marit Brommer
- Address by Prof. Roland Horne, Chair of the WGC2020 Technical Committee
- Global Geothermal Power Update – Gerald Huttrer
- Global Geothermal Direct Use Update – Dr. John Lund
- Address by Dr. Juliet Newson, Chair of WGC 2020 Steering committee, Fríða Ómarsdóttir, GRÓ Geothermal Training Program & incoming IGA President Andy Blair
The event will be streamed on the WGC 2020 website.
After the event the papers of the global updates on power and direct use, as well as 88 country updates will be made available for download in the Paper Database of the IGA.
On 18-19 February 2020, the final conference of the European-Mexican cooperation GEMex Project took place at the GFZ. The coordinators of the project, Aída López-Hernández (Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, UMSNH) and David Bruhn (Helmholtz-Centre Potsdam, GFZ) welcomed 125 guests from 15 different countries. They were greeted not only by the administrative director of GFZ, Dr. Stefan Schwartze, but also by the Mexican Ambassador to Germany Rogelio Granguillhome Morfín.
During the two days of the conference, almost all project partners presented their results from 3.5 years of research on Enhanced Geothermal Systems and Superhot Geothermal Systems. Since the conference was open to the public, the 72 contributions were presented to interested stakeholders and the wider geothermal community as well as project partners from 30 different research institutions and geothermal associations.
The conference demonstrated the effort the consortium dedicates to the integration of results from the different disciplines of geology, geochemistry, geophysics and various modelling approaches in order to reach the two ultimate project goals. First, to better understand the superhot geothermal system in Los Humeros in order to propose a concept for the utilisation of this geothermal resource additional to the conventional resources. Second, to design a stimulation test in Acoculco in order to develop a concept for a first Engineered Geothermal System in Mexico.
The conference proceedings are online and the full conference contributions can be downloaded from the GEMex website.
Find more information about the project here: http://www.gemex-h2020.eu/index.php?lang=en