Georgia is making strides toward low emission sustainable economic development. The country’s long-term (20-year) climate objectives, as laid out in the 2010 National Environmental Action Plan (NEAP) of Georgia, include implementing measures for adaptation to climate change and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Through the EC-LEDS program, Georgia and the United States are working together to plan and manage Georgia’s economic development for a lower GHG emissions trajectory, focusing on the development and implementation of clean energy solutions at both national and subnational levels.
Accomplishments and Progress
Supporting Sectoral Low Emission Development Strategy Development. EC-LEDS is supporting analyses of energy consumption and emissions in the transport, energy, industry and building sectors. These analyses result in a better understanding of what is happening in key sectors and how to formulate effective low emission development approaches. U.S. experts are working with the government of Georgia to develop sectoral overviews and mitigation options for these sectors and to analyze various mitigation measures. – Ongoing
Municipal Energy Efficiency Projects Piloted. The cities of Zugdidi and Batumi installed energy-efficient street lighting on central streets and a new public park in Batumi. These pilot projects will raise awareness of energy efficient and clean energy technologies, improve efficiency of urban street lighting system, and reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 66 tons. Laying the groundwork for energy efficiency and clean energy will help Georgia reduce air pollution, increase energy security, and open new markets for clean energy entrepreneurs. – 2016
Community “Solar Tree” Installed. The EC-LEDS program, in partnership with the city of Kutaisi, supported the installation of a daisy-shaped “solar tree” equipped with solar panels and 30 USB charging ports. The tree is located in the newly reconstructed park in the center of Kutaisi and can charge cell phones, notebooks, and other devices. – 2016
Facilitating Investment in Renewable Electricity. Georgia’s Ministry of Energy, with technical support from U.S. energy experts, is working to improve national energy security by promoting investments in new hydropower plants and establishing an energy trading mechanism (ETM) through the implementation of the Georgia Electricity Market Model of 2015.The ETM provides the structural, technical, legal, contractual, and regulatory framework required to attract private investment and support regional electricity markets and trading. – 2014
Supporting Municipal-Level Low Emission Development. U.S. modeling experts developed planning and analytical tools to help Georgian municipalities establish sustainable energy action plans (SEAPs). These tools facilitate development of emissions inventories; baseline projections; mitigation options, measurement, reporting, and verification plans; and public outreach strategies. The SEAPs are guiding municipalities’ efforts to reduce emissions by 20% by 2020, in line with the requirements of European Union's Covenant of Mayors. – 2014
Use of Analytical Tools for Energy Policy Planning Expanded. U.S. energy experts assisted in developing baseline scenarios for the energy, transportation, buildings, and industry sectors to incorporate into the national Market Allocation (MARKAL) model. The updated model results, which are used to compare the impacts of proposed climate change mitigation scenarios with the baseline scenarios, will support economy-wide energy planning. – 2014
Organizations and Programs
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