2019-04-08 | Sustainable energy plans - close to people

What should be the Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) from the point of view of inhabitants of Tbilisi? The NGO “Gamarjoba” starts actions aimed at raising the awareness of residents about energy issues and SEAP understanding. Six organizations - members of the #CLEEN network from Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia, including “Gamarjoba”, began implementing mini-grants within the framework of the project “Management and Development of the Energy Efficiency CLEEN Network” with the support of Naturstrom and GLS Treuhand (Germany).
“The covenant of mayors should go beyond the statement of intent to reduce CO2 emissions. Signatories must not only create a sustainable environment in the ecological, social and economic aspects for the benefit of local residents, but be transparent to citizens and involve urban residents in climate-friendly activities, ” - says Olga Podosenova from NGO “ Gamarjoba ”.
According to “Gamarjoba”, quite a lot of progressive measures (transport, urban infrastructure, green space) are planned in the Tbilisi Action Plan. However, residents of the city do not know anything about these plans. At the same time, a survey on the distribution of budgetary funds, organized on the website of the Tbilisi City Hall, shows that for the article "Improving the ecological condition of the city," city residents cast 86% of the votes.

Last year, in the framework of the CLEEN project, the activists of “Gamarjoba” conducted a survey about the degree of public awareness about the possibilities and the need for energy efficiency. Most of the respondents are not sufficiently aware of the degree of importance of energy saving, its economic sense, and do not see the mechanisms and tools for implementation.
One of the “gaping holes” of the urban energy of Tbilisi and other Georgian cities is the residential sector. The vast majority of residential buildings in the country are not connected to centralized heating, and each owner independently resolves energy supply issues. Decentralized energy and the need to be responsible for the energy balance of your home puts every homeowner in a difficult position. When an apartment or house is not properly insulated, the landlord has to choose - either spend a fortune on insulation or suffer from the cold. There are no programs supporting initiatives to increase energy efficiency for the population at the state and municipal level. Meanwhile, #CLEEN views the Covenant of Mayors as an important tool for improving local energy policies and engaging public decision-making processes.

“Energy saving is economically advantageous,” says activist of “Gamarjoba” Lasha Tsiturishvili. - Energy saving measures are on average two - three times cheaper than the production and delivery to consumers of the same amount of newly received energy. In addition, the owner of a properly insulated house can spend about a quarter less money by reducing energy costs. This is all the more relevant because the most simple and elementary energy saving measures are available to everyone and can be applied in everyday life virtually everywhere. ”

In the near future, activists of the NGO “Gamarjoba” together with the young girls group #StrongGogo are planning to conduct survey on municipal energy plans, find out what should be the Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) from the point of view of inhabitants of Tbilisi, and also - to release “Lifehacks on SEAP” - a brief summary with information on how citizens can participate in the implementation of SEAP: improve their living conditions and take care of the future of the city and its residents.

Details:

Olga Podosenova, NGO "Gamarjoba",
Phone number: +995579087918,
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