Powering Agri-food Value Chains with Geothermal Heat

Renewable energy and energy efficiency will play a central role in the global efforts to promote sustainability practices, climate action, and the energy transition. Renewable energy technologies can support the decarbonisation of the end-use sectors such as agri-food to promote sustainable food production while adapting to climate change.

The use of geothermal heat in the agri-food sector is rising worldwide, with several examples in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania. However, more significant progress can be achieved with increased support in areas such as resource mapping, policy and regulations, financing, and capacity building, as well as with the development of tools that can enable policymakers to carry out assessments of geothermal heat utilisation, such as socio-economic impacts and heat pricing. These assessments might provide relevant information to support decision making, hence fostering accelerated use of geothermal heat in the agri-food sector.

In the framework of the Global Geothermal Alliance, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) collaborated with the International Geothermal Association (IGA) and the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) to organise a webinar to share global experiences and best practices for accelerating the use of geothermal heat in the agri-food sector. The webinar built on IRENA’s guidebook for policymakers on Powering Agri-food Value Chains with Geothermal Heat and its flagship publication on Renewable Energy for Agri-food Systems.

Agenda for the Global Capacity Building Event


  • Opening Remarks – Gurbuz Gonul, Director, Country Engagement and Partnerships, IRENA

Keynote presentation

Presentations: Guidelines and case studies for Scaling Up Geothermal Heat Utilisation in the Agri-Food Sector

Q & A

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