Scaling up geothermal energy worldwide

Leaders and ministers from more than 25 governments met in Florence, Italy recently, to accelerate the global adoption of geothermal energy. The Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA) meeting represents the largest such ministerial gathering dedicated to geothermal energy development. Geothermal energy today accounts for just 0,3% of globally installed renewable energy capacity. However – once start-up costs are met – it is one of the lowest-cost and most reliable renewable energy sources available. The global potential for geothermal is estimated to be in the region of 200 GW. Entitled “Working together to promote geothermal energy towards a sustainable energy future”, the conference brought together private and public sector representatives to address and overcome barriers that have hindered the deployment of geothermal despite its vast potential. The meeting was organised by the Italian government, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Economic Development, and the Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea together with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Contact Timothy Hurst, IRENA, Tel 012 417-9000,

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