Geothermal events at the climate change talks in Paris COP21

Information meeting at COP21, Paris 2015 (source: flickr/ COP PARIS, creative commons)
Alexander Richter 30 Nov 2015

With climate meetings starting today in Paris, France, there are several geothermal events taking place throughout those days, and you can find the schedule here.

As world leaders are arriving today for the climate meetings in Paris, France, hopes are great that there will be some break through in negotiations on how to deal with climate change.

A lot of countries and corporations have made announcements on their targets for CO2 reductions and renewable energy development. With its capabilities to provide clean, sustainable and base-load power, but also heating, geothermal energy is well positioned to play an important role in those discussions.

So it is great to report that there are several meetings taking place organized by several groups, like associations, countries and international organizations.

The following schedule is a summary prepared for by the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC). Several geothermal representatives will be in Paris during these days and represent geothermal energy and its potential. In the coming days we hopefully will be able to connect with some of them. 

The International Geothermal Association will be involved in events around REN21 and you can meet Marietta Sanders, the Executive Director of the Association there.


1st of December:  

9:00 – 10:00 High Level Event on the Global Geothermal Alliance/ IRENA, at the Peru Pavilion of the UNFCCC COP21 Conference Centre in Paris, France in Paris-le Bourget.

3rd of December: 

Buildings day, many events on renewable in buildings

 4th of December: 

RE track, a series of thematic workshops will focus on opportunities and benefits offered by renewables in a range of sectors.

Societal benefits of RE (REN21), 10:-12:00@ German Pavilion

RE and Cities (European Commission), 12:30-14:00 @ EU Pavilion

RE and Agriculture (European Commission), 14:30-16:00 @ EU Pavilion

Martin van der Hout, Manager of DAGO-Netherlands, to speak about geothermal applications in the agriculture sector:

RE and Energy Efficiency (UAE and IRENA), 10:00-12:00 @ GCC Pavilion

RE in MENA workshop (UAE and IRENA), 11:00-12:30 @ GCC Pavilion

5th of December: 

RE track,

RE in Industry (SER and IEA), 15:00-17:00 @ FNSEA

RE and transport (Brazil and IRENA), 10:00-12:00 @ German Pavilion

6th of December: 

International conference Re-Energising the FutureSusan Petty, CEO of AltaRock energy (USA), will deliver a speech as a woman CEO of a geothermal company.

The conference will be available on live streaming

7th od December: 

Energy Action Day:

8th of December: 

NEW NORDIC CLIMATE SOLUTIONS – Geothermal district heating in European cities and towns – organised by Iceland. THE NORDIC PAVILION AT COP21, Hall 2B, Room 65 – Le Bourget, Paris

Webstreaming of the event – see

All events: 

If you think we are missing an event, drop me a line at and we will add this to this post.