President of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas and President of Hungary János Áder met in Budapest to discuss challenges that achieving climate neutrality would set for energy security.
Põlluaas said that Estonia decided this week to join the European Union goal to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, this means that the carbon emissions of the country must not exceed its capture capacity. “We would like to focus on renewable energy solutions, but sadly technology today cannot offer us a quick substitute for oil shale. We can also expect investments that would be massive for a small country, as well as a socio-economic challenge because tens of thousands of jobs are tied to the oil shale industry,” Põlluaas said. He added that although the European Union does have support mechanisms for giving up coal, there are no support measures for oil shale.
The President of Hungary said that the new budgetary period of the European Union is currently being prepared, with an extra focus on climate related targets. He expressed his hope that these plans would also include measures for giving up oil shale.
This week, the President of the Riigikogu is on a visit to Budapest at the invitation of the Speaker of the Parliament of Hungary. The purpose of the visit is to promote bilateral relations and learn about the latest developments in Hungary. The President of the Riigikogu is accompanied on the visit by the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Enn Eesmaa, and member of the National Defence Committee Madis Milling.