Smart Cities – Energy-Efficient and Livable

Morgenstadt City Lab: Sustainability strategy for Georgian capital Tbilisi

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Tbilisi, set in beautiful surroundings, is a city well worth seeing.

Under the leadership of Fraunhofer IGB and on the basis of a detailed review of the current situation, the Fraunhofer Morgenstadt Innovation Network has developed an innovation strategy to make the Georgian capital Tbilisi more sustainable. After ten months, a precise roadmap indicating the path towards a city that is viable for the future was available.

The aim of the City Lab was to create a sustainability profile and a roadmap for the sustainable development of a city. A total of 16 different sectors were being examined; taken together, these could provide an almost complete picture of the various action fields in a city. First of all, details of approximately 100 quantifiable indicators were collected and correlated with comparable cities. Then, approx. 80 action fields from the various sectors were assessed to find out to what extent the city in question is already active in each area. Finally, impact factors were determined that are particularly relevant for the city being analyzed and that could explain the developments which have taken place there and which may also have an impact on future developments.

The sustainability profile of Tbilisi was drawn up on the basis of the on-site assessment. Parallel to this, in the course of creating the roadmap, a total of 19 project ideas were worked out from which the Tbilisi city administration selected eight that were further developed for the Project Development Workshop. In Tbilisi the main focus was on the sectors waste management and municipal water supplies and disposal, energy and resource efficiency, mobility/transport and traffic, information and communication technologies, economic and business innovations as well as security and governance.

The project was financed within the framework of the cooperation with Georgia from funds of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and with a contribution provided by the City of Tbilisi itself.