China wins bid to host World Geothermal Congress 2023

China wins bid to host World Geothermal Congress 2023 Chinese delegation and IGA Board, Auckland, November 2019 (source: IGA)
Alexander Richter 4 Dec 2019

The International Geothermal Association (IGA) reports that China has won its bid for hosting the World Geothermal Congress 2023.

In a release today, the International Geothermal Association announced that China will be the host of the World Geothermal Congress 2023.

The IGA Board voted for China after careful evaluation of three bid books coming from China, Italy and Russia. The voting was done after presentations to the Board in Auckland, New Zealand on November 28, 2019. The Board sincerely thanks all three candidates for their commitment and interest in hosting the next World Geothermal Congress and appreciated the presentations of the bid book whilst convening in Auckland for Board meeting #71.

“The IGA is grateful for the great interest shown to host the World Geothermal Congress 2023 and congratulates China on its winning bid. With its commitment to utilise geothermal energy in its efforts on making cities smoke-free, China has seen an incredible growth in geothermal district heating capacity. With that it serves as a great example and showcase on the role of geothermal energy beyond electricity in direct use of geothermal resources for heating, both for businesses, residences and industrial use. We are looking forward to work with our Chinese counterparts on the 2023 World Geothermal Congress.”, so Alexander Richter, President of the IGA.

The IGA congratulates China and is aiming to finalise the contractual agreement between IGA and Host in the first Quarter of 2020. The signing ceremony between IGA and China will be organised at the World Geothermal Congress (WGC) 2020 in Reykjavik, Iceland taking place 27 April to 1 May 2020.

The International Geothermal Association (IGA) aims at being the leading world authority in matters concerning the research and development of geothermal energy by setting educational standards and offering worldwide energy solutions and in-house technical support, with special support for countries in early stages of geothermal development.

We connect the Global Geothermal Community, serving as a platform for networking opportunities aimed at promoting and supporting global geothermal development. We embody a wide variety of members ranging from academy to industry representatives. The website of IGA can be found at:

The IGA’s social media handle: @lovegeothermal

For further details contact IGA Executive Director – Marit Brommer (

Disclaimer: The author is President of the IGA.