Energy poverty in Georgia: The need for a broader perspective

  • Nino Antadze

Energy poverty has become one of the central topics in policy and societal discourses worldwide, and especially, in Europe, as climate change, skyrocketing energy prices, and Russia’s ongoing military aggression in Ukraine exacerbate this problem. In Georgia, however, the topic of energy poverty does not yet enjoy due attention in societal and policy circles. Yet, the manifestations of energy poverty abound in the country – both rural and urban areas experience energy poverty and its consequences. In addition, in Georgia energy poverty is a year-round problem – due to climate change, Georgia will witness an increase in extreme heat days , and the lack of access to and affordability of cooling contribute greatly to energy poverty.