Stenbock House, 11 December 2019 – Today, the climate and energy committee of the Government got an overview of the opportunities for reducing greenhouse gases in energy production so that Estonia could fulfil its climate goals. The energy sector produces the majority of greenhouse gas emissions in Estonia.
“Energy production and consumption are the fields which need to develop fastest so that Estonia can become a country with an environmentally friendly and innovative economy,” said Jüri Ratas. “The Government wishes to be ambitious in its climate policy. We have already decided to support the construction of wind farms and we must also move forward with other steps. We consider it important to build new renewable energy power plants in Estonia.”
The Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas said that Estonia has already set a major goal for itself for 2030. “We wish to increase the proportion of renewable energy, improve energy efficiency, and limit the growth of consumption. At that, we must be sure to maintain energy security, and security of supply.”
From a presentation by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, the committee gained an overview of further needs, for example, for purchasing atmospheric monitoring radars, joining the electrical grid, constructing electrical power storage solutions, and constructing cogeneration plants. All measures will be analysed further.
In the coming year, the committee will continue to discuss climate measures in the fields of transport, buildings, green technologies and innovation, agriculture and forestry.
In addition, the Ministry of the Environment made a presentation on the opportunities for analysing the possibilities for constructing a nuclear power station in Estonia. This issue will be discussed further in the Government next year.
The climate and energy committee is led by the Prime Minister, and its permanent members are the Minister of Environment, the Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Education and Science, the Minister of Defence, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Other Ministers participate at sessions of the committee if the issue requires it. The committee submits its proposals to a session of the Government or a cabinet meeting.