Yesterday a first working group for developing a high level development document, General Principles of Estonian Climate Policy till 2050, met in the Ministry of the Environment.
"As a member state of the European Union, we have supported the ambitious goals of climate change mitigation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But attaining the goals should be truly well-conceived and include all important sectors, thus the work in sectoral working groups has started. We are hoping to validate the document in Riigikogu by the end of 2016," commented Mati Raidma, the Minister of the Environment.
The development document contains long term policy guidelines in the sectors of energy, transportation, industry, agriculture, forestry and waste management, for moving towards Estonia's long term climate policy vision of reducing greenhouse gas emissions at least by 80% by 2050, compared to the level in 1990. In addition, a long term vision and policy guidelines for adjusting with the impact of climate change, or preparedness and resilience to react to the impact of climate change, shall be determined in the document.
While moving towards low carbon economy, it is important to apply policies and measures having a common goal to reduce Estonia's total greenhouse gas emissions without harming the socio-economic environment. Priority should be put into developing the sectors and measures with the highest cost-effectiveness and quickest results with strengthening the competitiveness. For example, increasing the potential of renewable energy sources and cogeneration, developing waste collection and sorting for the purpose of recycling, establishment of biogas stations and developing of public transport and soft traffic.
Important benefits for the country accompanying the transition to low carbon economy, include growth of well-being for people thanks to the improvement of living environment and nature, growth in competitiveness of the country through reducing the carbon intensity of the economy, reduction of consumer expenditure thanks to growth of energy and resource savings and a lower dependence on fuel imports.
Information on developing the general principles for climate policy can be found on the Ministry of the Environment homepage.