Tartu sets big goals for itself with the Energy and Climate Action Plan
Tartu City Government Press Release
3 September / The City Government sent the draft of the Tartu City Energy and Climate Plan ‘Tartu Energy 2030’ to the council for discussion and public display.
The Plan provides an overview of energy production and consumption in the City of Tartu and its impact on the environment and climate, and 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 is also important – resistance to extreme weather conditions, development of the city’s green network, and raising people’s level of awareness.
The Climate Plan envisages the achieving of climate neutrality in the City of Tartu by 2050. On the road to climate neutrality, an intermediate target has been set to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030, compared to 2010. Carbon emissions in the City of Tartu have increased by 31% 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 the objectives and activities of different areas (district heating, electricity, transport, housing, waste management, etc.) to reduce the impact on the environment and climate.
According to Tartu Deputy Mayor Raimond Tamm, the successful implementation of the Plan will be possible only if the public sector, the private sector and residents work together to achieve it. ‘Energy use is a part of everyday life for all of us, regardless of the sector, and every citizen, business and institution has an important role to play in moving towards climate neutrality. Therefore, we have proposed the idea of a community agreement, with which participants voluntarily undertake to contribute to the fulfilment of the goals set in the Plan’, said Tamm.
The Tartu City Energy and Climate Plan has been prepared in co-operation with many Tartu residents and organizations; the Tartu Regional Energy Agency is the city government’s strategic partner in implementing the Plan.
Tartu residents are invited to review the city’s Energy Plan and make proposals on the City of Tartu homepage from 21 September to 23 October.
Last changed 03.09.2020