Seminar: Green to Scale: 10 Low-Carbon Solutions for Estonia

Date: Monday 30th of April 2018 at 10 am to 2 pm

Location: Nordic Hotel Forum, Capella, Viru Väljak 3, Tallinn, Estonia

Language: The event will be held in English

Registration: Event registration open HERE (until April 23rd)

The seminar, opened by the Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, Ms Kadri Simson, discussed the results and findings of the Green to Scale project aiming to highlight the proven solutions from exiting fossil fuel-based economies and transitioning to low-carbon societies. After lunch, Michael Lazarus, Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute US centre (SEI US) and Georgia Piggot from SEI US provided examples of phasing out fossil fuels globally and in the US as well as comment on the political economy regarding the transition.

The Green to Scale study was funded by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra with financial support from the Nordic Council of Ministers. SEI Tallinn and SEI Africa contributed to the project research. The overall aim of Green to Scale was to see what would happen if Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine would scale the deployment of 10 selected solutions in energy, industry, housing, transport, agriculture and forestry sectors beyond business as usual and reach by 2030 the levels already achieved today by leading Nordic countries (you can see the earlier reports from these series here https://www.sitra.fi/en/topics/greentoscale/).

Programme:

9.30 – 10.00 Welcome Coffee

10.00 – 10.10 Greetings by Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kadri Simson – Focus on Estonian Energy Strategy up to 2030

10.10 – 10.15 Greeting by Ambassador of Finland in Estonia, Kirsti Narinen

10.15 – 10.35 Green to Scale project – main findings by Oras Tynkkynen, Sitra (Finland) and Lauri Tammiste, SEI Tallinn (Estonia)

10.35 – 10.50 Comments and discussion of the results of the Green to Scale by Timo Tatar, Head of Energy Department, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications

10.50 – 11.05 Comments and discussion of the results by Meelis Münt, Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of the Environment

11.05 – 11.15 Address by Gunnar Okk, Nordic Investment Bank

11.15 – 12.00 Panel discussion – How to speed up the investment into low-carbon solutions in Estonia – Gunnar Okk, Nordic Investment Bank, Maria Helbling, Alexela Group, Kalle Kiigske, 4Energia, Michael Lazarus, SEI US

12.0012.45 Lunch

12.45 – 13.15 Michael Lazarus and Georgia Piggott, Ph.D, SEI US – Managing the decline of fossil fuel production: a missing piece of the climate policy puzzle

13.45 – 13.55 concluding remarks by Lauri Tammiste, SEI Tallinn