Andrea Blair was onsite in Europe for both the World Geothermal Congress and COP26. In December 2021, Andy gave a webinar for the New Zealand Geothermal Association (NZGA) to share her experiences from recent international meetings. You can watch the video here, and below summarises key takeaways and shares more links.
The World Geothermal Congress (WGC) concluded with an in-person event in Iceland, in October 2021. Though only two people represented New Zealand at this event: Andy Blair and Andrew Jenks (New Zealand’s Ambassador to the Nordic Region), New Zealand won the most popular booth at the trade show!
Hon Dr Megan Woods, New Zealand's Minister of Energy and Resources, Minister of Housing, and Minister of Research, Science and Innovation addressed attendees with this video.
Each WGC a declaration is prepared that talks to the key themes. The recommendations arising from the Reykjavik declaration can be summarised as:
1. Support collation and sharing of data and information
2. Incentivise sustainability
3. Better communicate the benefits of sustainable geothermal
Andy’s top insights from WGC are that we need to:
“Its not an environmental crisis, it’s a human crisis”
COP is the UN’s annual Climate Change conference, attended by 197 countries, where negotiators aim to finalise formal agreements between nations on what they are going to do to mitigate the climate crisis. There are also talks, panels and presentations from business, research, civil and community groups, and much more.
Highlights from COP26 included commitments to:
Andy’s top insights from COP26 (watch the NZGA webinar for more) included:
For Aotearoa New Zealand, Andy highlights that we need to: