Economic development and environmental and human health in Georgia all benefit when there is widespread access to clean energy. Helping this small nation develop the policies, standards and private sector participation to speed the transition from dirty and inefficient electricity to clean alternatives has been Winrock’s top priority in Georgia. Active in the country since the 1990s, Winrock has also facilitated visits from U.S. farmers and agriculture experts to provide training to their Georgian counterparts and work to train the country’s agricultural extension workers.
As Georgia’s economy and industries grow, so too do the country’s projected greenhouse gas emissions. This is exacerbated by Georgia’s outdated and inefficient lighting, heating and energy systems. This program works with the national government, municipalities, businesses and others to develop and implement a national low emission development strategy. Among the tools being developed are municipal-level sustainable energy action plans, policies and guidelines that promote cleaner energy use, and the promotion of energy efficiency and green buildings to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and improve its economic competitiveness.