IGA announces Calgary as host city for World Geothermal Congress 2026

The Hague, The Netherlands – The International Geothermal Association (IGA) is delighted to announce that Calgary (Canada), has been selected as the host city for the World Geothermal Congress 2026 (WGC2026).

After an intensive review process of several exceptional bids, including those from Cancun (Mexico), and Rome (Italy), the decision was made in favour of Calgary. The city’s proposal stood out not only due to its thoughtful planning but also because of the enormous potential for growth in the geothermal sector that the IGA recognizes in this region.

The IGA would like to extend its sincere gratitude to the bid teams from Cancun and Rome. Their professionalism, passion for the geothermal sector, and exceptional commitment throughout the bidding process were greatly appreciated. Both locations demonstrated considerable potential as future host cities.

The triennially held WGC is a coveted event for the global geothermal community, bringing together professionals worldwide to share knowledge, innovation, and best practices in geothermal energy.

Planning for WGC2026 in Calgary is set to commence immediately, with a formal handover slated to occur during the closing ceremony of the WGC2023 in Beijing, China.

“We believe that Calgary, with its burgeoning energy sector and clear potential for geothermal expansion, is the ideal backdrop for WGC2026. The compelling bid stood out among the competition, and the professionalism, passion, and commitment demonstrated by Team Calgary throughout the bidding process has left a strong impression on all members of our WGC2026 Tender Committee. Calgary’s dedication to innovation and sustainable growth aligns with our mission, and we are confident that the city will provide an inspiring setting for a congress that aims to advance geothermal energy.”

“Calgary’s selection as the host city for WGC2026 is not merely a decision, but a declaration of our shared commitment to the future of geothermal energy. The city’s innovative spirit and potential for growth within the geothermal sector resonate with the IGA’s core values. I extend my warm congratulations to Calgary and eagerly look forward to a congress that will undoubtedly shape the future of our industry. Together, we will explore new horizons, forge meaningful connections, and champion geothermal energy as an indispensable part of a sustainable and resilient global energy system.”

“Geothermal Canada is thrilled to be hosting the prestigious World Geothermal Congress in Calgary. With an extensive history of energy exploration and production Canada is building on its expertise to incorporate geothermal energy into its energy supply chain. Calgary is the heart of Canada’s energy industry, and we welcome the opportunity to showcase our excellent Canadian projects, learn from international experts, and to share the history and beauty of western Canada. See you at WGC2026!”

“In Calgary, we take pride in being an ultimate host city and we look forward to welcoming World Geothermal Congress delegates in 2026. Delegates will enjoy Calgary’s warm hospitality, along with a diverse city full of award-winning restaurants, unique attractions and architecture, and vibrant nightlife. Calgary is also surrounded by natural beauty including the Rocky Mountains to the west and five UNESCO World Heritage Sites within a few hours drive of the city.”

“Eavor is extremely pleased that Calgary was successful in the bid to host the next World Geothermal Congress in 2026.  This will be the first time for the WGC in North America. As such, the WGC will reap the benefits of locating in a world-class energy industry hub, bolster the profile of geo energy nationwide, while showcasing Alberta’s drilling, construction, and next generation geothermal expertise to the world.  A real win: win scenario!”

“Energi Simulation is excited about WGC2026’s coming to Calgary, the energy capital of Canada. There will be tremendous opportunities for networking and partnership among industry players, governments, and academia, based on the successes of the broader energy industry in the city for decades. Energi Simulation is looking forward to joining our geothermal energy community to welcome the world in 2026.”

Media contact on behalf of the IGA:

Dr Marit Brommer
Executive Director
International Geothermal Association

About the IGA:

The International Geothermal Association (IGA), is the leading global industry association focused on the promotion of sustainable geothermal energy as one of the key solutions for reducing the adverse effects of global warming. We generate impact through training, networking and facilitating project development in emerging markets. Our vision is to contribute to a world where people have access to affordable green energy 24/7.

About Geothermal Canada:

Geothermal Canada is a not-for-profit organization committed to advancing science and promoting geothermal research and development in Canada. Serving Canada’s geothermal community by stimulating technology transfer, knowledge exchange, and information transmission, it seeks to promote innovation in Canada in the field of geothermal research. Through fostering collaborative investigations in academia, companies, and organizations, innovation in the field of geothermal research will be supported and disseminated beyond the research community.

About Calgary:

Calgary is a dynamic blend of warm western hospitality and big-city energy. It’s a destination that’s full of extraordinary experiences and unexpected adventures – stunning scenery, world-class dining, and must-see attractions.  From a bustling downtown with character-filled neighborhoods, to the peaks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains just an hour west and the dramatic landscape of the Canadian Badlands to the east, Calgary is basecamp to adventure!