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Energy Efficiency Centre Georgia with Norsk Energi and Gauldal Consult has been awarded for the grant from Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to conduct a project stimulating small scale hydropower development in Georgia. The project “CDM program of activities for Greenfield hydropower projects in Georgia” was started in the end of October 2009 and will have duration of 3 years.
The activities are as follows:

  • Prepare manual covering all aspects of developing small hydro projects in Georgia, including overview of financing options and support mechanisms available.
    The Manual will be prepared in close cooperation with authorities, universities, local experts, EBRD, local banks, UNDP, USAID and other organization promoting hydropower development in Georgia.

  • Set up the framework for a CDM program of activities ( PoA) for enabling carbon financing of SHPs, prepare documentation for first SHP project taking part in the PoA ( the pilot project).

  • Provide technical assistance to 1 pilot project in planning, obtaining financing, implementation and registration together with the CDM PoA.

The successful implementation of the project depends on close cooperation with authorities, financial institutes and other stakeholders.

After receiving the application on pilot project from the SHP’s developers, Gauldal Consult with EEC has visited the future plants sites and prepared the report, in which they sum up the impressions after site visits in Georgia in May 2010 in order to recommend a pilot plant for the project. The recommendation is based on the local conditions with regard to location of SHPP main components and existing technical documentation of 4 actual pilot projects.

Two Day Donor Coordination Workshop regarding CDM Programme of Activities, aimed at providing long-term support for rural development in Georgia was organized in Tbilisi in the premises of KFW-Tblisi Office in 4, Elene Akhvlediani agmarti on 25th and 26th August 2010.

Funded by the Norwegian Government and supported by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources in Georgia, Norsk Energi in collaboration with Energy Efficiency Center in Georgia and Gauldal Consult is implementing a 3 year programme ”CDM Program of Activities for Greenfield Hydropower Project in Georgia” supporting sustainable development in rural areas in Georgia by building capacity for small scale hydropower and facilitate carbon financing.

A CDM PoA is a voluntary coordinated action by a private or public entity which coordinates and implements any policy/measure or stated goal (i.e. incentive schemes and voluntary programmes), which leads to anthropogenic GHG emission reductions. The potential in CDM PoA lies in setting up coordinating body that can combine large numbers of small and homogeneous low-cost greenhouse gas abatement activities, over a period of up to 28 year. An established and functioning PoA Coordinator could handle several types of CDM PoAs, small hydro, biogas, solar etc. Currently finding the right PoA coordinator is both a hurdle and an opportunity.

Wide stakeholder involvement is necessary to determine the best structure for PoA coordination, and donor coordination is required to find the best way of jointly supporting the establishment functioning of a CDM PoA in Georgia. Further, coordination between governmental stakeholders is needed to prepare the ground for renewable energy market development.

The first day was focusing on CDM PoA as instrument for sustainable development, opportunities and barriers, as well as determining the criteria for a PoA Coordinator. The second day focused on synergies of development of small hydro in terms of economic development.

Royal Norwegian Embassy First Secretary Lars Ragnar Aalerud Hansen


The following speeches and presentations were made during the workshop:

  1. Giorgi Zedginidze, Deputy Minister of Environment MOE Georgia, Small Scale Hydropower and Climate Change Mitigation from the Government/Ministry perspective

  2. Mariam Valishvili, Deputy Ministry of Energy of Georgia, Promotion of the Small Scale Hydropower Investment Scheme for Georgia

  3. Eun Joo Yi, Consultant, Norsk Energi, Introduction of purpose and expected outcome from the workshop by Norsk Energi

  4. Michael Andres, Director Sector Coordination South Caucasus Energy/Transport, KfW, Presentation on CDM in Georgia

  5. Grigol Lazriev , Acting Head ,Hydrometeorology and Climate Change Administration, DNA-UNFCCC Georgia, Current Kyoto Protocol and negotiations , positive message for CDM PoA

  6. Juan Carlos Mejia Pinto, Advisor Integrated Expert CIM, CDM-PoA as a “Co-Finance Instrument” for Small Hydropower Projects - Chances and Barriers for Georgia

  7. Manana Dadiani, Renewable energy expert, EEC on SS-HP Potential and existing Incentives and Programs

  8. Paata Janelidze , UNDP Chances and Opportunities of CDM-PoA on Small Hydro Programs

  9. South Pole CDM PoA coordinator concept introduction Case Study on CDM PoA design and Model of participants

  10. Mariam Bakhtadze, Environmental Specialist USAID Contractor.

Workshop agenda (PDF, 110 KB)

List of participants (PDF, 93 KB)



South Pole’s PoA experience -
South Pole Carbon Asset Management Ltd;

Activities in Renewable Energy and CDM / PoA  - Michael Andres, KfW;

CDM-PoA as a “Co-Finance Instrument” for Small Hydropower Projects - Chances and Barriers for Georgia - Dipl.-Ing. Juan Carlos Mejia Pinto, GTZ/CIM/MOE Expert;

Hydropower Investment Promotion Project (HIPP) - Mariam Bakhtadze, USAID;

Current Kyoto Protocol and negotiations, positive message for CDM PoA - Grigol Lazrievi, Minsitry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources of Georgia;

EEC on SS-HP Potential and existing Incentives and Programs - Manana Dadiani, EEC Georgia, Renewable Energy Expert;

CDM Program of Activities for Hydropower Projects in Georgia - Ann Iren Glimsdal, Eun Joo Yi, Norsk Energy.


In 26th of June 2012 was organized the Closing Event of 3 year program, during which, team informed the participants about the program results and also draw the attention to future collaboration between Norway and Georgia the field of hydropower.

The following speeches and presentations were made during the workshop:

  1. Summary of implemented activities Ms. Ann Iren Glimsdal, Project Manager, Norsk Energi

  2. Introduction to the web-manual Mr. Endre Ottosen, Consultant, Norsk Energi

  3. Hydropower Potential and Investment Opportunities in Georgia , Mrs. Lizi Tavdumadze, Head of International Relations Department, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources

  4. Experiences from development of a SHP case project in Adjara,. Mrs. Manana Dadiani, Local Program Coordinator, EEC Georgia, Ms. Sølvi Eide, Director, Gauldal Consult

  5. Environmental permit today and after, Mr. David Chichinadze, Head of Ecological Expertise and Inspection Department, Ministry of Environment Protection

  6. A new three-year NOR-GEO collaboration program, Mr. Endre Ottosen, Consultant, Norsk Energi

You can download the presentations from the following link:\

The main aim of program was creation the manual covering all aspects of developing small hydro projects in Georgia, including overview of financing options and support mechanisms available.

This manual for small hydropower development is a tool for project developers in Georgia.

The manual was developed by Norsk Energi, Energy Efficiency Center Georgia and Gauldal Consult.

The manual is available in English and Georgian.

After finalization of the program in 2012, the manual will be handed over to the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. The responsibility for maintaining and updating the manual lies with the Ministry.

Web-based SHP could be found on the following link:





If you have questions, please contact to Mrs Manana Dadiani:

Tel: +99532 2242540, 2242541, 2474247 Fax:+99532 2242542

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Updated: July 5, 2012

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