Energy

September 01,2014

“Policy to encourage sustainable energy consumption by Georgian households”

Second policy report on energy issues by Public Policy Research and Training Center (PPRTC) was presented on September 1, 2014. Mr. Nikoloz Sumbade, one of the authors and senior researcher of the Association of Young Professionals in Energy of Georgia presented the results of the research - “Policy to encourage sustainable energy consumption by Georgian households”.

The study discusses the problems of sustainable energy consumption practices of Georgian households and presents practical and specific recommendations for resolving the given issue. These recommendations are based on the results of household energy consumption survey, computer modeling and expert surveys, conducted by the Association of Young Professionals in Energy of Georgia during 2014. Research outcomes reveal that 56.2% of Georgian households consume firewood (for rural population this indicator is 95.9%, while in urban areas – 25.7%), however, no basic rules of firewood consumption are observed, which leads to inefficient use of already scarce energy resources.

Authors used strategic energy planning model of LEAP Georgia to evaluate impact potential of energy efficient activities and calculated less intensive energy efficiency scenario for 2030, according to which energy demand will reduce by 16%. Practical recommendations, elaborated based on this research are set out to facilitate development of long-term effective strategy for sustainable energy consumption by Georgian households.

The deputy head of ISU administration, Mr. Nikoloz Kavelashvili and Public Policy Advisor at EWMI-G-PAC program, Mr. Jason Swantek gave speeches and talked about the significance of relevant policy research for decision makers. The presentation was concluded with the discussion between the authors of the report and field experts.

The event was attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Energy Efficiency Centre of Georgia and other interested parties from university and international organizations.

Public Policy Research and Training Center (PPRTC) continues to organize similar presentations and discussions on further important issues of public policy.