EU4Energy technical assistance to help tackle shipping emissions in Georgia

On 19 July 2017, the EU4Energy project launched technical assistance to support Georgia in implementing the provisions of Directive 1999/32/EC (as amended by Directive (EU) 2016/802) with a focus on drafting fuel quality monitoring plans and improving/putting in place sampling and analysis of marine fuels. Emissions from shipping due to the combustion of marine fuels with a high sulphur content contribute to air pollution in the form of sulphur dioxide and particulate matter, which harm human health and the environment and contribute to acid deposition.

A working group to support the implementation of the directive, which was recently transposed in Georgia, was created with the support of the Ministry of Environment of Georgia. The main stakeholders, including experts in ambient air protection, sustainable development and EU integration policy and international law and harmonization with EU legislation, joined the kick-off meeting focusing on gathering information about the recently adopted legislation, the fuel quality standards in place and monitoring programmes for liquid fuels in Georgia as well as the sampling system and methods of analysis of such fuels.

This project is part of the EU4Energy Initiative which covers all EU support for evidence-based energy policy-making and energy efficiency in the region of the Eastern Partnership, which brings together the EU, its member states and six partner countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. 

Workshop

19 July in Tbilisi