City of Tbilisi


Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, represents a significant industrial, social and cultural centre not only in Georgia, but in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region. Situated along the route of the historical Silk Road, Tbilisi still holds a strategic location at the crossroads of Russia, Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan, Europe and Asia, and the Islamic and Christian worlds. Georgia is now emerging as one of the most important transit countries for the flow of global energy, information and trade.

In 2010, by signing the Covenant of Mayors, Tbilisi City Hall joined an initiative under which Tbilisi should become a “low carbon city” by 2020 – a goal that will be reached through the support of social and economic development of the city. In order to achieve this goal, the Tbilisi City Hall elaborated on the Sustainable Energy Action Plan for Tbilisi.

The process of development of the SEAP implied

  • development of an overall strategy for the reduction of energy consumption in the capital
  • development of a Baseline Emissions Inventory (BEI) for Tbilisi
  • development of a sustainable energy action plan with selected energy efficiency measures for the period until 2020
  • acknowledgement of the role of Tbilisi City Hall as the main administrative driving force in carrying out responsibilities addressing all activities related to energy consumption and use of renewable energy in transport, buildings and municipal infrastructure sectors that can’t be implemented without municipality support
  • raising public awareness by promoting information about the application of energy saving measures.

Fast economic development of Tbilisi, the population growth rate and increasing GDP per capita were taken as main assumptions while developing the reference scenario for 2020 and planning the concrete measures in order to decrease the energy consumption and CO2 emissions of the city.

Information

City of Tbilisi is a member of Energy Cities since 2015

Georgia

1 500 000 Inhabitants