On 15 and
16 December 2015, the Ministry of Energy of Georgia, together with the INOGATE
Technical Secretariat (ITS), organised a workshop on
"Market Transformation Strategy for Lighting Products in Georgia".
Decision makers from relevant ministries and government agencies attended,
marking the starting point for technical assistance by ITS.
is responsible for 15% of global electricity consumption and an important
consumer of energy in the European Union. While the energy consumed by lighting
has declined significantly in recent years due to the wide-scale diffusion of
Compact Fluorescent Lamps, further significant reductions in consumption are
envisaged due to the expected market uptake of light emitting diode (LED)
the efficiency of lighting in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors
in Georgia can potentially save about 374 GWh in the country’s annual
electricity consumption. This accounts for about 5.4% of total national
electricity consumption and 32% of electricity consumption used for lighting.
To put this saving in context, it equates to the output of three small 20 MW
most incandescent lamps (except non-directional halogen lamps, which are due to
be phased out in 2017) are already banned from the EU market (according to
Ecodesign Regulation 244/2009), there are no regulations in place in Georgia,
which would either restrict the commercialisation of inefficient lamps or
promote the sales of new, highly efficient lighting products.
objective of the two-day workshop was
to raise awareness of such a potential market transformation for lighting
products – both by regulatory and non-regulatory measures – and provide senior
staff of the Ministry of Energy and other relevant ministries and government
agencies with information on:
efficient lighting technologies, standards and potential savings;
EU Ecodesign & Energy Labelling Directives, and their specific
implications for lighting products;
compliance, conformity testing and market surveillance;
measures to support the transformation of the lighting market towards more
current lighting market in Georgia.
included a visit to a retailer of efficient lighting products in Tbilisi.
the workshop, the Ministry of Energy and ITS agreed on the following three
policy options, which will be analysed by the ITS experts, with regard to their
costs and benefits for consumers, suppliers and the Georgian economy:
The ITS technical assistance is scheduled to be
completed in March 2016.
transposition of the EU Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives, which
will be required under the EU - Georgia Association Agreement and the
forthcoming membership of Georgia in the Energy Community;
public procurement for lighting in public sector buildings.
On the photo: participants during the Workshop on "Market Transformation Strategy for Lighting Products in Georgia"