An analysis of potential energy savings and implementing renewable energy solutions in local governments with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions
The Institute of Baltic Studies together with Tartu Regional Energy Agency and OÜ Tepsli conducted an analysis to explore how the planned activities and energy and climate goals of REKK 2030 are being implemented in local governments.
The main research questions were:
- How to raise the awareness of state institutions and politicians of the important role local governments play in achieving the energy and climate goals of Estonia? How to ensure the necessary support for them?
- How to increase the contribution of local governments into achieving the goals of REKK 2030? How to monitor (receive feedback) on this?
- How to ensure effective exchange of information and cooperation regarding energy use (between state and local governments, research institutions and related sectors)?
- How can the strategic plans of local governments (including development plans and masterplans) take into account future needs and the activities and resources necessary for achieving the goals of REKK 2030 both in the public and private sector? What is the potential of renewable energy sources in each sector?
In the study, IBS was responsible for conducting an online survey among local government representatives and aided in preparing and conducting interviews with them. Based on the gathered input and desk research, IBS analyzed the competences and need for training of local governments in terms of achieving energy savings and implementing renewable energy solutions.