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Energy Globe Award

With more than 182 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Georgia 2018

Submitted by: Rural Communities Development Agency (RCDA)
Building environmental protection skills and utilization of renewable energy for poor communities

The project contributes to global climate action by developing and employing renewable energy technologies and raising awareness about the causes, implications and possible mitigations measures of climate change. The project provides a solution to poor households of seven communities’ access to alternative, low cost energy resources (solar and biomass).

Initial situation
Target communities’ crop production was declining as a result of water logging, increased pest and disease problems. Households in selected communities are vulnerable to energy poverty which in turn affects their productivity. The community’s lack of knowledge about sustainable fuel caused localized and health problems emanating from deforestation an excessive use of wood fuel to cook, which in turn led to health problems caused by inhaling toxic fumes.

The solution is to plant more trees and provide clean energy. The beneficiaries of the project are women, youth, schools and kindergartens in respective communities. Within the scope of the project, 7200 fast-growing, multipurpose species of trees are planted alongside eroded land areas by community members, 14 solar hot solar water collectors constructed with participation of community members and installed two in each community.

The project is unique in introducing alternative, simple technologies that require only small amounts of capital. Emphasize the use of locally available materials to lower costs and reduce supply problems. A new type of technology of destructive distillation of biomass residues has been developed within the framework. The device can be constructed from locally available materials and doesn’t require any additional inputs for running.

Involved partners

We are an enthusiastic supporter of the Energy Globe Awards and its aim to strengthen society’s awareness of the necessity for ecological change, by honouring outstanding best practice projects in environmental sustainability from all parts of the world. ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA is the official Trade Promotion Organisation (TPO) of the Republic of Austria and as a country we are proud of our success in green technologies. Our support of the Energy Globe Awards continues this tradition.

Capital: Tbilisi
Official language: Georgian
Total area: 69.700 km²
Population: 4.469.200
GDP/Capita/Year: $2.927
Source: Wikipedia 2012