The next energy revolution is on our doorstep, and it is going to be driven by renewable power generation technologies, which potentially allow for a much more decentralized power system and a less heavy network. Still, power transmission network projects worth USD 40 trillion are being financed through different state and private investments all around the world. Mr. Michael Delphia, Senior Energy expert at USAID’s Governing for Growth Project discussed the concept of market-centered energy planning (M-CEP) with the ISET community at an open lecture. Throughout his career, Mr. Delphia has spent around 20 years in the US energy industry and has supported power and gas reforms in over 70 countries around the world.

On 29 November 2016, in the framework of the EU-funded European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD), an Interagency Forum on “Access to Finance for Cooperatives” took place at the Hotels & Preference Hualing Tbilisi. The purpose of the forum was to discuss challenges and opportunities that cooperatives face with regard to access to finance.

Among the speakers of the forum were ENPARD’s key stakeholders, including representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, the French Development Agency, the Agricultural Cooperatives Development Agency, the Georgian Farmers Association, agricultural cooperatives, financial institutions, leasing companies, business and finance consulting groups, the ENPARD implementer consortia, and research centers.

On November 25, ISET started a policy seminar series provided by the second year students of ISET’s MA program. The first presentation was delivered by Tamar Bregvadze, Mariam Chachava, Kamran Gasimov and Yervand Martirosyan under the supervision of the head of Energy Concentration at ISET, Norberto Pignatti. The students gave a presentation entitled “Environmental Regulations – Air Pollution”, during which they overviewed different issues related to air pollution in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 92% of the world’s population breathes air with lower quality and purity than the organization considers to be healthy. Furthermore, the problem is especially poignant for developing countries. Recent studies show that mortality due toair pollution in Georgia is approximately 5000 people a year; the same measurement stands at 3000 for Armenia and more than 5000 for Azerbaijan. This again highlights the importance of this topic for Caucasus region.

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