China 13th Geothermal Energy Development Five Year Plan (2016-2020)

Source: International Energy Agency
Last updated: 17 May 2021

The China 13th Five Year Plan (2016-2020) on Geothermal Energy was released by the National Energy Administration (NEA) on 23 January 2018 is effective as of 1 January 2016.

The 13th 5YP on geothermal energy summaries the achievements and challenges of the geothermal sector in 2015 and states the plan of the development of the sector between 2016 and the end of the period.

The objectives of the Plan are to achieve by 2020:


  • 1.1 billion square meters of new geothermal heating (cooling) areas be developed;
  • newly increased geothermal power installed capacity 500 MW;


Reaching the cumulative number of:

  • By 2020, total geothermal heating (cooling) area is expected to reach 1.6 billion square meters, and geothermal power generation installed capacity to reach about 530MW.
  • By 2020, the annual utilization volume of geothermal energy should reach to 70 million tons of standard coal, and annual utilization volume of geothermal heating should reach to 40 million tons of standard coal.
  • Annual geothermal energy utilization in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region should reach about 20 million tons of standard coal.


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