On 17th of January, the Government of Georgia approved the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) Methodology. This is an incredible step towards evidence-based policy making that will contribute to the country’s economic development and future prosperity. The ISET Policy Institute is very proud that three of our experts – Professor Norberto Pignatti, Levan Pavlenishvili and Maka Chitanava – have been involved in the preparatory process for the methodology, and assisted the Ministry of Justice as local RIA experts. This was part of a joint donor effort which involved the participation of the USAID Good Governance Initiative (GGI) program, G4G, GIZ, the EU-funded project Support to the Public Administration Reform in Georgia, and the World Bank. The ISET Policy Institute participated in this process in the scope of its Good Governance Initiative (GGI) program, a project carried out with USAID.

Engineers at Buffalo University (NY) have recently designed a new system which will help to cool buildings in a crowded metropolitan city without consuming electricity. The new method is known as radiative or passive cooling because it does not require batteries or other sources of electricity to initiate cooling.

The system consists of alumina films, which are installed at the bottom of a specially designed solar ‘shelters’ which helps the building to keep cool. The system works in the following way: the films help its surrounding to be cool and absorb heat from the air. The films stay cool as the heat dissipates through thermal radiation, and can then cool down the environment. The innovation is made up of environmentally-friendly technology and will be useful for cities which are trying to deal with global warning issues. The system also has the ability to purposefully direct thermal emissions towards the sky rather than spread the emission in all directions.

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