City of Tartu seeking to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 percent by 2030 ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

The Emajõgi River.
The Emajõgi River. Source: Kerly Ilves

The Tartu city government has sent a draft energy and climate plan of the City of Tartu, which sets an intermediate goal to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 40 percent by 2030 compared to 2010, to the council for discussion and public display.

The climate plan envisages achieving climate neutrality by 2050, spokespeople for the Tartu city government said.

The plan sent to the council provides an overview of energy production and consumption in Tartu and its impact on the environment and climate. It also sets the goal of making energy use in the city more efficient, increasing the production and consumption of renewable energy.

The need to adapt to climate change, including resilience to extreme weather events, the development of the city's green network and raising public awareness, is also important.

Carbon emissions in Tartu have increased by 31 percent in the last ten years, which is mainly due to the electricity consumed in the private and business sectors and the growing use of cars. The climate plan describes objectives and actions of various areas, such as district heating, electricity, transport, housing and waste management, to reduce environmental and climate impact.

Tartu Deputy Mayor Raimon Tamm said that the successful implementation of the plan will only be possible if the public sector, the private sector and the population work together to achieve it.

"Energy use is a part of everyday life for all of us, regardless of sector, and every city resident, company and institution has an important role to play in moving towards climate neutrality. That is why we have proposed the idea of a community agreement, the members of which voluntarily undertake to help achieve the goals set in the plan," Tamm said in a press release.

The City of Tartu energy and climate plan has been prepared in cooperation with many Tartu residents and organizations, the Tartu Regional Energy Agency is a strategic partner of the city government in implementing the plan.

The drawing up of the plan involves the SECAP or Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan methodology supported by the European Union, adapting it to the conditions of Estonia and Tartu. Comparability of results with other European cities is ensured by using a common methodology.

The energy and climate plan is a further development of the current sustainable energy economy action plan, which sets higher goals for the future and also addresses the effects of climate change.

The city council committees will discuss the City of Tartu energy and climate plan this week. On September 10, the plan will be discussed at the council meeting. Tartu residents are welcome to get acquainted with the city's energy plan and make proposals on the website of the City of Tartu from September 21 to October 23. A public hearing is scheduled for November 11.

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