It’s time for Geothermal Direct Use – the harnessing of the earth’s thermal resources to provide heat to industries and communities – to take center stage. Fossil fuels are out; the energy transition and decarbonization are in. Meanwhile, geothermal technologies are increasingly sophisticated and economically competitive. Geothermal Direct Use (GDU) is poised to enter the mainstream.

The potential is clear. But, as a government official or an industry leader, where do you begin? What resources are available to you and your country as you start down the road to GDU? And who has already crossed the GDU finish line and how did they get there?

The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) launched the first-ever global event designed to demystify GDU, inform and connect stakeholders, and accelerate the uptake of GDU world-wide.

Pivoting around virtual world tours of installations, masterclasses, and interactive group discussions, the Geothermal Direct Use: Global Forum & Tour (GDU Global) brought national and industry leaders together to define best practices, frameworks, and a roadmap to establish GDU as a critical source and supply of heat.

ESMAP is a partnership between the World Bank and 19 partners to help low and middle-income countries reduce poverty and boost growth through sustainable energy solutions. ESMAP’s analytical and advisory services are fully integrated within the World Bank’s country financing and policy dialogue in the energy sector. Through the World Bank Group (WBG), ESMAP works to accelerate the energy transition required to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. It helps to shape WBG strategies and programs to achieve the WBG Climate Change Action Plan targets.