The EU4Energy Governance project undertakes to support Georgian authorities in developing an appropriate legal framework for transposition of Directive 2010/31/EU on Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD).
On 15 November, the first meeting of the working group created in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, aimed at developing the draft methodology for calculation of energy performance of buildings (EBP), took place in Tbilisi. Experts provided comments to the first draft document and engaged in active discussions and reviews of the terms and definitions used in the methodology as well as the calculation details and normative references that are indispensable for the application of the methodology.
The assistance is part of the EU4Energy support for the country in fulfilling its commitments under the Energy Community Treaty, following the draft Law on Energy Performance of Buildings of Georgia developed in early 2018 under EU4Energy. Upon adoption, the draft Law will transpose the main provisions of Directive 2010/31/EU into Georgian legislation. Article 3 of the draft Law lays down the requirement for adoption of a national calculation methodology for EPB and elaboration of EPB calculation tool (software).
According to the latest energy balances reports, published by the National Statistics Office of Georgia, the residential, commercial and public buildings sectors constitute more than 40% of the total energy consumption of Georgia. This makes the buildings sector an important area of action for reducing energy consumption in the country. It is expected that the new regulations will enforce clear and straightforward energy efficiency rules and requirements in buildings, which are essential for the rapid increase of energy efficiency in the sector.
* The EU4Energy Initiative covers all EU support to improve energy supply, security and connectivity, as well as to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewables in the Eastern Partner countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. It does this by financing projects and programmes that help to reform energy markets and to reduce national energy dependence and consumption. Over the longer term, this makes energy supply more reliable, transparent and affordable, thus reducing energy poverty and energy bills for both citizens and the private sector.