In 2017, EMPRESS in cooperation with experts from ENVIROS, s.r.o. Green City Action Plan (GCAP) for the Georgian metropolis of Tbilisi. The aim of the project was to propose priority measures affecting all areas of the city's functioning (energy, transport, environment, public greenery) in order to improve the environment, public health and the quality of living standards of the city's inhabitants. A total of 35 different measures have been proposed to improve the quality of life in the city and create many new jobs.
The Green City Action Plan is based on the strategic objectives and priorities of Tbilisi. The implementation of the measures set out in the GCAP is expected to support the infrastructure and economic development of the city and to reduce CO2 emissions by around 450 000 tonnes a year and save around 55 million m3 of water. In addition, the measures will have a positive impact on air emissions, economic growth, job creation, public health and safety, and better access to amenities and urban greenery.
The project also included workshops for city officials and other stakeholders on capacity building, during which examples of good practice were presented and participants were introduced to the proposed measures.
The project was funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and developed according to a methodology developed by the EBRD in cooperation with the OECD and ICLEI. Tbilisi City Council approved the Action Plan in September 2017, making it the first city in the world to benefit from this new EBRD program.