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With the intent to contribute to the discussion on clean energy, CDIA participated in the “ADB on the Ground,” a knowledge networking event under the Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) 2019. Over 200 participants comprising project developers, investors, government officials, academia and financiers participated in the session, which was conducted on June 19, 2019 at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Headquarters in Manila, Philippines.
Neil Chadder, CDIA Program Manager shared how the City of Tbilisi in Georgia is ensuring energy efficiency and better air quality through its sustainable urban transport projects, which are supported by ADB, CDIA and other partners. A short video of the Tbilisi projects was further shown at the session.
Since 2010, ADB has been supporting the city through its Sustainable Urban Transport Investment Program (SUTIP). Additionally, via its Promoting Smart Systems Technical Assistance, it has introduced smart innovations and supported knowledge sharing activities leading to improved capacity in transport planning.
Moreover, CDIA has assisted Tbilisi in the conduct of two pre-feasibility studies. The first study focused on: measures to rationalize its bus network, bus-based or rail-based surface transit corridor, and a 10-point parking strategy. The second study recommended specific rehabilitation works so that the Tbilisi Metro meets present-day technical, operational, safety and accessibility standards. ADB is financing the initial emergency repairs with an investment value of USD 14 million.
CDIA and ADB have further provided advisory support towards actual implementation of key transport strategies, such as the bus network restructuring. Bus lanes designed by the Transport Department have now been implemented in Shartava and Kostava Streets, Baratishvili Rise, and Robakidze Avenue – paving the way for improved energy efficiency and air quality, while benefiting commuters with major savings in journey time and better service reliability.
“It has been a great exchange with the clean energy community and we are grateful for the opportunity to share insights on how medium-sized cities like Tbilisi can accelerate the shift to more sustainable, low carbon energy systems,” said Neil Chadder.
The ACEF is a yearly event that offers a wide range of learning and networking events that include exciting and interactive plenaries, thematic track sessions, deep dive workshops, knowledge networking and matching sessions, receptions and satellite events.
This year’s ACEF brought together 1,300 participants from all over the world. It was conducted from June 17-21, 2019 at the ADB Headquarters.