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Study Tour to Amsterdam with support of the CASCADE projekt

CASCADE is a 3-year project (2011-2014) of networking and mutual learning on local energy leadership. It supports cities in delivering the European Union 2020 targets for energy and climate change. Coordinated by EUROCITIES, the project involves 19 large European cities as partners, as well as thematic experts Koucky & Partners and Wuppertal Institute.

With a focus of 3 thematic areas (energy efficiency in buildings & districts; renewable energy sources & distributed energy generation; and energy in urban transport), the project aims to:

  • Improve and accelerate the implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs);
  • Ensure meaningful and sustained learning and sharing of good practices between cities and
  • Promote the position of cities as crucial actors for knowledge transfer within their country.

Through large-scale networking, mutual learning and best practice sharing activities, the CASCADE project will inspire improvements in the implementation of sustainable energy policies in large and medium sized European cities.

Using the experience from the peer learning visits, during the second year CASCADE will organise more than 20 networking activities using 3 different formats of learning: study tours, mentoring visits and work shadowing. These activities will be an opportunity for cities to receive tailored advice on specific issues regarding the implementation of local energy policies.

Leaflet of the CASCADE project

Website of the CASCADE project

Tallinn and the CASCADE project

Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is located in Northern Europe in the north-eastern part of the Baltic Sea region. The city area comprises 159.2 km² and a population of 416,536 as of 2012. Tallinn is subdivided into eight administrative districts. The district governments are municipal institutions with functions assigned to them by the Tallinn legislation and statutes.

In addition to its long-time roles as seaport and capital city, Tallinn has developed an information technology sector. In an edition of the New York Times published on 13 December 2005, Estonia is characterised as “a sort of Silicon Valley on the Baltic Sea”. One of Tallinn's sister cities is the Silicon Valley town of Los Gatos, California. The Skype service, for example, is one of the best-known of several Estonian start-ups originating from Tallinn. Many start-ups started from the Institute of Cybernetics in the Soviet era. The economic sectors of Tallinn also include the light, textile, and food industries, as well as the service and public sectors. In addition, there is a small fleet of oceangoing trawlers that operate out of Tallinn. The Port of Tallinn is one of the biggest ports in the Baltic Sea region.

Tallinn city was involved in the EU project COMBAT from October 2009 to September 2011. The Covenant of Mayors in the Central Baltic Capitals (COMBAT) was an EU-funded project, spearheaded by Helsinki, Riga, Stockholm and Tallinn, with the objective of facilitating knowledge and experience-sharing on the development and implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP). As part of the project, the four Baltic capitals pinpointed the key success factors and challenges encountered during the development process of their respective SEAP. In a second phase, the findings of the project were collected and outlined in a set of guidelines. These guidelines show how the four COMBAT cities prepared and developed their SEAP and identified critical factors that may be relevant to other municipalities. In February 2009, Tallinn signed the Covenant of Mayors. Accordingly, the city has undertaken the duty of reducing its CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020 as a result of a 20% improvement in energy efficiency and a 20% share of renewable energy sources in the energy mix. Tallinn submitted its SEAP in 2011.

Tallinn City Profile

In the Cascade project Tallinn participated in a study tour to Amsterdam for gathering knowledges and experiences of management and planning of sustainable energy in the city. In study tour participated specialists from Developement Division of the City Office, Waste Management Division of Tallinn Environment Department and Tallinn Energy Agency.

Feedback Report on study trip to Amsterdam

Viimati muudetud 11.04.2017