Delegation of the European Union to Georgia

World Bank study supported by EU finds under-heating in Georgia leads to loss of 3.5% of GDP

Tbilisi, 27/06/2019 - 02:00, UNIQUE ID: 190708_6
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At a joint Assessment of Social and Economic Cost of Under-heating workshop with Government, CSOs and development partners, the World Bank and the EU presented the preliminary results of a study on the social and economic cost of under-heating in Georgia.

The findings indicated that there is substantial under-heating in private homes and public buildings. The combination of inefficient construction, old heating systems and low income has social, health, and economic costs.

Select findings include:

  • 85% of surveyed building have no roof and wall insulation;
  • in 200 surveyed schools, 25% of students wearing coats in the classrooms during the winter months;
  • Out of 482 surveyed households, almost a third (28%) self reported that the inside of their house is cold and damp in the last winter;
  • Overall, while declining in the past years, in 2018, 4% of deaths can still be attributed to under-heating in Georgia. 

The cost of under-heating can be calculated at 3.5% of GDP of Georgia.  Besides deaths, under-heating has various indirect effects, including reduced health of citizens, reduced productivity, and lower impact of education. 

 “These are just preliminary findings, but the trend is clear: under-heating in buildings in Georgia has serious negative consequences, especially on the health of vulnerable populations.  The EU is working with the Government to help address this by stepping up our assistance in key areas to enable large-scale energy efficiency investments in public buildings. This support will help bring about healthier conditions for citizens, opportunities for businesses and improved energy security for the country" noted Vincent Rey, Head of Cooperation at the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia.

The preliminary findings of the assessment were presented to key stakeholders and decision-makers attending the workshop – Government, CSOs and development partners.

For more information, please contact:

Delegation of the European Union to Georgia:  Tamriko Mikadze (+995 32) 294 37,

The World Bank : Inga Paichadze (+ 995 32) 913 096, (+995 77) 77 00 72,

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