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Feasibility study of gender-sensitive energy cooperatives in Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia and Moldova

New report by WECF offers report offers an overview of the feasibility of gender-sensitive energy cooperatives in Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia and Moldova.

12.05.2017 |




A woman in Georgia burning plastic in stove

"Women still have a low social and economic status in Georgia and are disproportionately affected by negative, energy-related effects. Traditionally carrying out housekeeping activities, they often suffer from indoor air pollution caused by the combustion of wet wood and the use of other biomass plastics to fire up the poorly ventilated stoves, leading amongst others to respiratory diseases."

A new report by WECF offers an overview of the feasibility of gender-sensitive energy cooperatives in Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia and Moldova. In each country, existing national climate and energy policies are examined and, if existing, feed-in tariffs for renewable energy are explained, with a focus on rural communities. The country-specific legal framework for (energy) cooperatives is summed up, followed by an overview of existing cooperatives in the countries. There is huge potential to improve energy supply of households, economic empowerment and to contribute to climate protection using the model of an energy cooperative.

Women disproportionately affected by negative energy-related effects

"Women still have a low social and economic status in Georgia and are disproportionately affected by negative, energy-related effects. Traditionally carrying out housekeeping activities, they often suffer from indoor air pollution caused by the combustion of wet wood and the use of other biomass plastics to fire up the poorly ventilated stoves, leading amongst others to respiratory diseases."

Positive social and environmental impacts

Cooperatives for renewable energies can introduce new forms of socioeconomic organizations in the energy sector (production, distribution and trade) in which citizens are involved in all areas of municipal management and the design of energy resources. This type of self-management of energy sources and systems can have positive social and environmental impacts.Energy cooperatives offer proven advantages as they are economically viable while they contribute to the equal participation of women and men in decision-making processes on a local level.

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