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The 17th Inter-Parliamentary Meeting on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, organised in cooperation of the Environment Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) and the European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources (EUFORES), is held today. The meeting will focus on cooperation in the Baltic Sea region.

Chairman of the Environment Committee Rainer Vakra believes that organising of the conference and the environmental issues discussed there are important. “Using of renewable energy will guarantee clean environment, support the sustainable development of economy and has an important impact for the people through improving the living environment,” Vakra said. He added that if the measures provided for in the renewable energy development programme were implemented, it would enable to end the using of oil shale, which caused around 70 percent of CO2 emissions and also 80 percent of all waste produced, and accounted for 80 percent of the total water consumption in Estonia.

The speakers of the EUFORES conference held in the Conference Hall of the Riigikogu include President of EUFORES Claude Turmes, Vice-President of EUFORES Theresa Griffin, Secretary General of EUFORES Jan Geiss, and several internationally recognised renewable energy specialists and leaders of energy enterprises. The topics will cover international energy cooperation, and also using of wind energy, solar energy, biomass and biogas for energy production. Martin Kruus (4 Energia) and Taavi Veskimägi (Elering) will speak about the current situation and development perspectives of the Estonian energy sector.

Panel discussion on the digitalisation of energy sector and transport system will be chaired by Member of the European Parliament Kaja Kallas.

The meeting in the Conference Hall of the Riigikogu starts at 9 a.m. and can be followed online. The language of the meeting will be English.

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