Tallinn to become climate neutral by 2050
City of Tallinn unveiled their Climate Strategy with the ultimate goal of making the capital climate neutral by 2050. The progressive Tallinn Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Adaptation Plan aims to reduce the urban and economic impact on the climate in a way that enriches the economy and the urban environment.
According to mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart, the strategy of the climate neutral Tallinn is a logical step towards a better and cleaner future. “Tallinn is clearly committed to a green future, but in order to achieve this, it is necessary to systematize the city’s activities and create cohesion between different actions. A green revolution is only possible if changes in different areas take place at the same time and in synergy. That is why we have prepared a Climate Strategy that brings the development plans and activities of different areas of the city in line. While a few decades ago, progress and conservation of nature were rather contradictory notions, today innovation and development are the synonyms for sustainability and green thinking,” said mayor Mihhail Kõlvart.
The Climate Strategy aims to develop a model of community-based renewable energy cooperatives, promote bicycle traffic, improve the accessibility of public transport, and support the complete reconstruction of apartment buildings, considering the requirements of energy efficiency.
In close cooperation with the private sector, it is planned to expand the district heating network, develop the district cooling network, and apply the principles of circular economy in energy production. A climate proof city supports biodiversity and (re)uses natural resources with as few losses as possible. These activities make the urban environment cleaner and more enjoyable.
Taking into account all areas, the climate plan specifies the fulfilment of one of the sub-objectives of the current long-term development strategy “Tallinn 2035”, the green revolution. By making changes in the energy economics, transportation and construction, Tallinn aims to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to 2007, and achieve climate neutrality by 2050.
Adaptation to climate change also has an important role to play: the use of nature-based solutions in urban planning, improving the ability to respond to weather-related risks and a comprehensive communication provide the fertile ground for tackling unavoidable climate change in the urban environment.
The strategy of climate neutral Tallinn has been compiled from the commitments made upon joining the Covenant of Mayors “Mayors Adapt”. Both the development strategy “Tallinn 2035” and the Climate Strategy are based on the European Commission’s agreement “A European Green Deal” and the EU strategic long-term vision “A Clean Planet for All”, which were approved by the Estonian Government in October 2019. The vision is to make the entire European Union climate neutral by 2050, meaning that our continent will not emit more greenhouse gases than the ecosystem can sequester.