28.04.2016 [News]

Two new 'Sustainable Energy Information Centres' open in Moldova and Georgia

The Georgian Sustainable Energy Information Centre (SEIC) opened on 22 April 2016, in Tbilisi with the participation of Mr. Ilia Elosvhili, Deputy Minister of Energy, Mr. David Narmania, Tbilisi’s Mayor and Mr. Wolfgang Lutz, INOGATE Leader of the Sustainable Energy team and other official and civil Society representatives.

The Georgian centre, housed in the main hall of the Tbilisi City Hall, is an extension of the City Hall services already being provided. It is a place to spread the word on sustainable energy, helping the public make small, affordable investments in energy efficiency. Through greater awareness of energy efficiency, consumers are empowered to make informed choices to save themselves money and help increase their country’s energy security.

The main targets are citizens, business people, the staff of Tbilisi City Hall and school children. The Tbilisi City Hall welcomes in its building an average of 1,600 visitors daily and the centre aims to reach at least 10% of these, directly face-to-face. Conservatively speaking the Centre will engage with over 40,000 visitors annually.

Mr. Xavier Dubuisson, who has worked with INOGATE to initiate Sustainable Energy Information Centres in Chisinau (Moldova) and Tbilisi, sees their role as “empowering citizens to reap the benefits of energy efficiency, environmental protection and energy security, for themselves as well as for their country.”

The inauguration ceremony of the Moldovan Sustainable Energy Information Centre took place on 15 April 2016 in Chisinau, Moldova with the participation of Mr. Valeriu Triboi, Deputy Minister of Economy of Moldova together with Mr. Alexandre Darras, Attaché-Project Manager at the EU Delegation to Moldova, Mr. Mihail Stratan, Director of the Energy Efficiency Agency of Moldova (AEE), and Mr. Adrian Twomey, INOGATE Project Team Leader.

The Chisinau Sustainable Energy Information Centre, housed in the Moldovan Agency of Energy Efficiency, will serve as a hub for a number of initiatives by NGOs, businesses and education institutes, aiming to inform and educate citizens. The centre’s staff will focus on outreach activities and will be equipped with interactive exhibits, demos of sustainable energy products, and lots of information material. The will work closely with the hub members and run regular roadshows to local communities to promote country-wide awareness on energy efficiency. A strong emphasis is also given to the use of social media and digital communication to engage with younger audiences.

During the ceremony, the participants had the opportunity to interact with interactive displays and exhibits prepared for the Sustainable Energy Information Centre and to collect information materials.

Source and futher information: INOGATE