Activating sustainable energy action planning in Estonia


Target audience

Representatives from cities in the selected region • representatives of the regional authority • representatives of the national authority • stakeholders from the financial sector

This ManagEnergy capacity building workshop gathered representatives of 14 Estonian municipalities, one representative from Tartu Energy Agency, two energy advisors from local office of ERKAS, and several invited experts. The workshop was organised by EC Network (Denmark) and Estonian Union of Rural Municipalities EMOL (Estonia), and hosted by the town of Rakvere, one of the currently two Estonian Covenant of Mayors signatories.

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Estonia is a country of just 45 000 m2 km with more than 240 municipalities - mostly small municipalities of around 2000 inhabitants. Estonian Union of Rural Municipalities unites 129 of them. The financial situation is a limiting factor for municipalities in Estonia to invest in sustainable energy. However due to deregulation of theEstonian powermarket, in effect since the beginning of 2013, the price of electricity has risen 20- 30 %. This has resulted in energy costs becoming one of the primary expenses in the municipal budget.

Inspiring local leadership was demonstrated by Rakvere Municipality. Rakvere has already fulfilled its target ofreducing COemissions by 47% compared to 2008, mainly due to the uptake of renewable energy sources. Rakvere has also succeeded in attracting funding for the energy efficient renovation of its public buildings, and consequently ways to handle such preparatory technical work in order to apply for finances were intensively discussed among the workshop participants. Aare Vabamägi from EMOL, who has been key person to design the SEAP for Rakvere, explained the scope and benefits of the SEAP as well as the logical phases from initiation through design, implementation to monitoring.

An important part of the workshop was dedicated to energy performance of buildings as a key SEAP area. Teet Tark, expert connected to Tallinn Technical University, presented local regulations in this field. Nicholas Stancioff followed this up by introducing the energy performance contracting (EPC) concept, including the role of energy service companies (ESCO), based on experience of the successful RENESCO project for building refurbishment in Latvia.

The workshop also focused on funding opportunities, including various financial mechanisms and practical cases highlighted. Andres Jaadla presented successfully financed renovation projects and Madis Laaniste from Ministry of Communication and Economic Affairs presented upcoming financial opportunities.

Some more specific SEAP-related topics interlaced with the main workshop thematic pillars, including presentation of future planning of city areas by Hardo Aasmäe, previous mayor of Tallinn, of EU projects with support of IEE by Priit Enok and EU projects with municipal participation by Andres Jaadla. Further green procurement in the building sector was presented by Marek Muiste from Tartu Regional Energy Agency and Teet Tark explained detailed technical steps such as energy management in municipal buildings.



Rakvere, Estonia

Organised by: EC Network

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Name: Nils Daugaard
Telephone: +45 3250 8800