The Energy Agency of Tallinn was founded by Tallinn City Councel 15 November 2012. The Agency is since January 2013 dealing with energy saving and efficient use of energy by the local authority and society. The main task of the Agency is planning and development of energy efficiency and the adaptation to climate change and its mitigation.
NB! The Energy Agency of Tallinn has ceased to exist as of December 31st 2020. Since January 1st 2021, planning and development of energy efficiency and the adaptation to climate change and its mitigation is coordinated by Tallinn Strategic Management Office Green Revolution Section. Information on this website is mostly of archive value.
Tasks of the Energy Agency of Tallinn (TEA):
- Organizing the fulfillment, coordination and preparation of the tasks emanating from the Mayors Adapt.
- Preparation of terms of reference for the Tallinn plan of energy efficiency and adaptation to climate change and the organisation of the plan's presentation to the European Commission.
- Monitor the fulfillment of the Tallinn plan for energy efficiency and the adaptation to climate change, organize research and supplement of the plan.
- Make suggestions for the design of Tallinn energy and climate policy as well as to collect from the Tallinn City agencies the data needed for the fulfillment of the Mayors Adept.
- Enhancement of public awareness in the field of energy efficiency and climate change i.a. organizing of training and similar activities.
- Preparing or participating in preparation of the Tallinn legal acts dealing with application of energy, climate policy and principles.
- Initiation and implementation of projects, incl foreign financed projects, in energy efficiency and adaptation to climate change in cooperation with other Tallinn City agencies.
- Organizing cooperation between state and local authorities, NGOs, enterprises and private individuals in the field of energy efficiency and the adaptation to climate change, including cooperation between other energy agencies and participating in their international network.
- Counselling the general public and housing cooperatives about energy efficiency and adaptation to climate change.
Energy Efficiency Council is an advisor to the Energy Agency of Tallinn. The Council is entitled to make proposals to the Director of the Agency concerning basic directions of development, the development plan, the investment plan and the principles for application of the energy efficiency and adaptation to climate change.
On April 4, 2019 the Tallinn City Council approved the city of Tallinn to join Mayors for Climate and Energy Pact in 2030. The pact signed by the mayors undertake to reduce the CO2 (and possibly other GHG) emissions in its territory of the city in 2030, at least 40%, and enhance the city's ability to cope with climate change impacts. Mayor Mikhail Kõlvart signed the pact on April 1, 2020.
In 2018 the Agency started preparing a plan for energy efficiency and adaptation to climate change (SECAP). The objective of the “Tallinn Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) 2020–2030 and Vision for 2050” is to set a strategy and an acton plan for sustainable energy and climate change adaptation in Tallinn for 2030 with an energy and climate perspective for 2050.
In 2050, Tallinn will be a carbon-neutral, clean-energy smart city.
Trends and vision of Tallinn by 2050
Tallinn SECAP 2030 consists of the following two components, implemented separately or together:
A mitigation plan which objective is to reduce Tallinn's CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to the baseline year 2007. This is done by increasing energy efficiency and reducing the carbon intensity of energy consumption, and moving towards a carbon neutral vision for Tallinn.
An adaptation plan which objective is to increase the capacity and readiness of Tallinn to adapt to the impacts of climate change through long-term decisions and spatial solutions, and to prevent or limit damage caused by extreme weather events.