ManagEnergy Workshop Tartu, Estonia
12 October 2011
Sustainable Energy Action Plans in Estonia: Regional Cooperation, Best Practices & Financing Options
ManagEnergy held its 19th capacity building workshop in Tartu, Estonia on 12 October 2011. Some 30 participants were present in addition to workshop speakers, with participants coming primarily from municipalities across the country, local and regional energy agencies and other local energy actors such as universities and NGOs.
The workshop’s focus was on building understanding of the benefits of sustainable energy planning, and the development and financing of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) in Estonia, and covered:
- benefits and good practice examples from abroad regarding sustainable energy planning and SEAP development,
- the Covenant of Mayors Initiative and SEAP development under the COM framework,
- current status, challenges and opportunities regarding sustainable energy planning and SEAP development in Estonia, and
- EU financing for SEAP implementation.
The ManagEnergy Workshop was organised in association with the Tartu Energy Agency and Kredex, and also highlighted synergies with the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) supported programme the Regions 202020 ENNEREG initiative - Regions paving the way for a Sustainable Energy Europe.
Workshop programme and presentations
- Workshop programme (in English)
- Introduction and Workshop Overview (in English) & About ManagEnergy (in English)
Seán J. Burke, ManagEnergy Initiative
- Sustainable Energy Planning: What is It and What are the Benefits?
– explained upon the Covenant of Mayors (CoM) Initiative: Developing & Submitting Successful SEAPs (in English)
Mr. Nils Daugaard, Energy Consulting Network
- Example of Good Practice – SEAP development in small municipalities: Renovation of buildings in Rakvere (in Estonian)
Mr. Andres Jaadla, Mayor of Rakvere Municipality
- SEAP development experience from Kaunas, Lithuania (in English)
Mr. Feliksas Zinevicius, Director, Kaunas Regional Energy Agency
- Current Situation of Energy Planning in Estonia – Challenges & Opportunities (in Estonian)
Mr. Aare Vabamägi, Estonian Energy and Climate Agency (KENA)
- Example of Good Practice - Key Challenges & Learning from Tartu heating solution (in English)
Mr. Marek Muiste, Tartu Energy Agency (TREA)
- Overview of available EU financing to support municipal energy projects (in English)
Mr. Seán J. Burke, New Frontier Services (NFS)
- Experience in EU Financing of SEAP Development in other regions (in English)
Mr. Nils Daugaard, Energy Consulting Network
- Experience of SEAP Development in Blekinge (in English)
Mr. Hans Gulliksson and Lisa Walitalo, Energy Agency for South East Sweden
"It can be done!" That was the inspirational message from the Mayor of Rakvere city, Mr Andres Jaadla, showing other Estonian municipalities how Rakvere’s political determination and “can-do” approach to creating a sustainable energy city has seen Rakvere become the country’s standard bearer in terms of financing and implementing sustainable energy projects from its Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP).
Mr Marek Muiste, Director, Tartu Regional Energy Agency (TREA) presenting TREA’s experience in the Tartu region in front of a full room
Seán Burke, ManagEnergy, welcoming participants to the workshop, and thanking the workshop partners Tartu Regional Energy Agency (TREA), Kredex and ENNEREG Regions 202020
Nils Daugaard, Energy Consulting Network (ECNet), presenting the experiences of Danish cities and regions in SEAP Development
Dr. Feliksas Zinevicius, Kaunas Regional Energy Agency (KREA), presenting Kaunas’s experience in SEAP Development
Mr. Marek Muiste presenting the lessons learnt from Tartu’s heating solution
Seán Burke presenting EU financing mechanisms for financing sustainable energy investments
The workshop featured significant Q&A and discussion from engaged workshop participants
Ms Lisa Walitalo, Energy Agency for South East Sweden, presenting the experience of the Blekinge region in engaging in a regional-level SEAP development process
Andres Jaadla, Mayor of Rakvere, presenting Rakvere’s experience and achievements in implementing its Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP)
Andres Jaadla, Mayor of Rakvere, with some of the representatives of ManagEnergy, Seán Burke and Nils Daugaard
The ManagEnergy workshop was followed by an in-depth seminar on sustainable energy planning, hosted by the Intelligent-Energy Europe supported project ENNEREG regions 202020. Participants were able to benefit from the experience of Mr Hans Gulliksson, Director of the Energy Agency for South East Sweden, presenting the experience of the Blekinge region in sustainable energy planning and in engaging in a regional-level SEAP development process.
One of the impacts of the workshop was the fostering of a dialogue and experience exchange on sustainable energy planning between Eastern Estonia and the ENNEREG Regions 202020 project.