The Tartu city government has sent a draft energy and climate plan of the City of Tartu, which sets an intermediate goal to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 40 percent by 2030 compared to 2010, to the council for discussion and public display.
The climate plan envisages achieving climate neutrality by 2050, spokespeople for the Tartu city government said.The plan sent to the council provides an overview of energy production and consumption in Tartu and its impact on the environment and climate. It also sets the goal of making energy use in the city more efficient, increasing the production and consumption of renewable energy.
The need to adapt to climate change, including resilience to extreme weather events, the development of the city's green network and raising public awareness, is also important.Carbon emissions in Tartu have increased by 31 percent in the last ten years, which is mainly due to the electricity consumed in the private and business sectors and the growing use of cars. The climate plan describes objectives and actions of various areas, such as district heating, electricity, transport, housing and waste management, to reduce environmental and climate impact.Tartu Deputy Mayor Raimon Tamm said that the successful implementation of the plan will only be possible if the public sector, the private sector and the population work together to achieve it.