Amendment of the IGA Bylaws

IGA members are invited to vote on the amendment by Fr 18th March 2016


Call for Voting on Further Amendment of the IGA Bylaws

At the IGA’s BoD meeting held in Morelia, Mexico on October 2015, the following motion was moved to include Article 21 in the IGA Bylaws.


Motion 62-4

That the IGA BoD approves the inclusion of one additional article to the current Bylaws, as follows:

“Article 21 – Winding up

In the event of the winding up of the Association, any surplus assets or funds shall be handed to the appropriate United Nations group associated with the promotion of geothermal energy. Should no such group exist at that time, then the surplus assets and funds shall be handed to the Geothermal Institute of the University of Auckland, or its successor, for the general purposes of the Institute.”

The motion was moved by F. Peñarroyo, seconded by J. Newson and 16 votes were cast in favor. Ten more votes were collected by e-mail from BoD members not at the meeting. A total of 26 BoD (out of 29) voted in favor of the Bylaw change.

The necessity of this additional article follows:

  • IGA is a non-profit company registered in the Register for Incorporated Societies, Companies and Charitable Trust Boards of New Zealand. Upcoming legal changes to the constitutional law in New Zealand will require that each incorporated society must include an article in their bylaws for the case of a winding up of the association.
  • The current Rules of the IGA, which were officially filed on 21st July 1988 before the New Zealand Register, textually establishes in its Section 16: “16. Winding Up. In the event of the association winding up, any surplus assets or funds shall be handed to the appropriate United Nations group associated with the promotion of geothermal energy. Should no such group exist at that time, then the surplus assets and funds shall be handed to the Geothermal Institute of the University of Auckland for the general purposes of the Institute.”
  • IGA is also trying to get a non-profit status before the Germany fiscal office. Among other things, this requires that the bylaws include a specific statement regarding to whom the IGA’s assets would be transferred in case of a closure of the association.


Thus regardless of the process in Germany, the IGA’s Bylaws Committee and the BoD agreed it was necessary to align the IGA bylaws with the official IGA Rules as currently registered in New Zealand—by integrating a specific article in the on what to do in the case of closure of the association.

To complete the ratification process, IGA members are invited to vote on the amended Bylaws by sending e-mails to the Secretariat (iga@remove-this.hs-bochum.de). The deadline for the vote is Friday, March 18th, 2016. The only option is to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’.