The International Energy Agency Geothermal Implementing Agreement (IEA-GIA), or IEA Geothermal, provides an important framework for wide-ranging international cooperation in geothermal R&D.  Efforts concentrate on encouraging, supporting and advancing the sustainable development and use of geothermal energy worldwide both for power generation and direct-heat applications.


To promote the sustainable utilization of geothermal energy worldwide by improving existing and developing new technologies. Efforts focus on facilitating the transfer of know-how, providing high quality information and widely communicating geothermal energy’s strategic, economic and environmental benefits. The goal is to render exploitable our vast and widespread global geothermal resources, to contribute to the mitigation of climate change.

Current Activities

Activities cover four research topics and a data collection and analysis effort:

  • Environmental Impacts of Geothermal Development
  • Direct Use of Geothermal Energy
  • Deep Roots of Volcanic Geothermal Systems
  • Emerging Geothermal Technologies
  • Data Collection and Information

Benefits of Membership

Collaboration connects national and industry geothermal programmes and establishes direct cooperative links among Members’ geothermal experts.  Benefits include:

  • Increases capabilities by combining the efforts of several nations and industries
  • Helps avoid duplication and unproductive research
  • Provides wide and easy access to key information, research results and technological capabilities
  • Provides impartial information and analysis
  • Helps develop technical standards and methodologies

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IEA Geothermal currently comprises 16 Members: 13 Country Members: Australia, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States; the European Commission; and two Sponsors: Ormat Technologies and the Spanish Geothermal Technology Platform (Geoplat).

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