The Technology Action Plan has outlined a project to introduce wind power technologies, as Georgia has a large untapped potential for wind power. It is estimated that implementation of the TNA-recommended projects could reduce CO2 emissions by 4.5 million tonnes over a ten-year period.
Georgia is located in the Caucasus region of Eurasia at the crossroads of western Asia and eastern Europe. Since the break-up of the Soviet Union, Georgia has seen substantial social and economic progress, with agriculture and tourism as important pillars. Both sectors are highly climate-sensitive, and baseline scenarios project an acceleration in the economic costs following extreme events such as floods, landslides and droughts.
Georgia completed its TNA in 2012. The implementation of Georgia’s identified priority technologies has a potential to lead to significant reductions in GHG emissions, as well as increased resilience. Efficient wood stoves, for example, would directly benefit individual households through energy savings and contribute to the national objectives of reducing poverty and deforestation. Another example is drip irrigation, which would increase the efficiency of water use, increase agricultural outputs and decrease soil erosion.
The prioritized technologies have great potential, but several barriers are hindering their successful implementation and adoption, including a lack of success in community-level implementation and a lack of knowledge and expertise in advanced technologies. As part of the TNA process, Georgia completed Technology Action Plans for each of the priority technologies specifying activities and enabling frameworks to overcome the identified barriers and ensure successful diffusion of the technologies. The TNA highlighted investments in technical training and capacity-building as important measures that will lay the foundations for successful implementation of the chosen technologies.
Georgia’s TNA contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals: