Country Profile: Estonia

Status: August 2010

tallinn.jpgIn Estonia, approximately 92 per cent of power is still produced based on fossil fuels. A current priority is to decrease the utilization of oil shale through renewable energy and energy efficiency. Key to decreasing the emissions of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere is restructuring the power generation sector and demand side management (DSM), increasing energy efficiency and energy conservation. For more information, see [link 1].

Several agencies deliver energy efficiency and demand side management (DSM) priorities. Part of KredEx’s (Energy Efficiency Centre) work is devoted to energy efficiency in buildings. European structural funds for improving energy efficiency are channelled via KredEx [link 2]. The Climate and Energy Agency works towards higher energy efficiency to mitigate GHG impact together with research institutions and local public and private institutions. EAS, Enterprise Estonia, established in 2000, is one of the largest institutions in the national support system for entrepreneurship. It provides financial assistance, advice, cooperation and training for entrepreneurs, research establishments, public and the third sector in relation to energy efficiency and renewable energy projects [link 3].