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World Bank/ ESMAP Event – Five years of the Global Geothermal Development Plan

Sri Mulyani, World Bank announcing the Global Geothermal Development Plan 2013 in Reykjavik (source: World Bank)
Alexander Richter 4 May 2018

In a follow up on its workshop at the Iceland Geothermal Conference last week, the World Bank's ESMAP program shared short video interviews with selected participants of the event.

Geothermal energy is an integral part of the global effort to tackle climate change and promote sustainable and equitable growth.
Around 40 countries worldwide could meet a good portion of their energy demand through geothermal power. But the pace of geothermal resource development has been slow, mainly due to early-stage investment risks.

The 4th Iceland Geothermal Conference (IGC) brought together more than 600 participants from across the global geothermal industry to share ideas and exchange knowledge and insights to answer this question: how do we break the barriers to accelerate the pace of geothermal development?

ESMAP organized an event jointly with the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the Global Geothermal Development Plan (GGDP), launched at the IGC in Reykjavik in 2013.  The session showcased how the GGDP has helped de-risk the preliminary stages of geothermal development to unlock investment down the value chain. It also provided a platform for countries to share their experiences. highlighting different approaches.

His Excellency, the President of Iceland, Mr. Gudni Th. Johannesson, welcomed participants during IGC’s opening plenary.
As part of the World Bank’s presence at the event, the ESMAP team took short video interviews on geothermal perspectives. Here the videos:

Charlin Bodley, Energy Officer, Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy, St. Lucia, shares how her country is scaling up geothermal energy for sustainable growth

Edwin Syahruzad, Director, Financing and Investment, PT SMI, Indonesia, talks about his country’s renewable energy vision and highlights the importance of risk mitigation in geothermal development

María Erla Marelsdóttir, Ambassador – Director General, Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs, presents Iceland’s leadership in geothermal, highlighting its partnership with the World Bank, focusing on gender

Kayad Moussa Ahmed, General Manager of Djibouti Geothermal Development Office, discusses his country’s vision and expectations from the upcoming Fiale project

Ellen Morris, Faculty, Columbia University and President of Sustainable Solutions, discusses how geothermal projects can be gender and socially inclusive

Alexander Richter, President, International Geothermal Association (IGA), highlights the importance of de-risking early-stage geothermal development

Spotlight on Turkey

To support Turkey’s shift towards renewable energy, ESMAP’s Global Geothermal Development Plan helped leverage a US$350 million project to scale up private sector investment for geothermal development by reducing early-stage drilling through a Risk Sharing Mechanism (RSM) and by providing access to long term financing. Ruken Öztekin, Manager, Technology, Research and Business Development Department, Turkey and Co?kun Kanberoglu, Department Head, Development Finance Institutions (TSKB), share their views.