Member of the European Union Affairs Committee Keit Pentus-Rosimannus is taking part in a high-level climate policy panel in Madrid, where she will present options for introducing Estonia’s technological solutions for the benefit of achieving climate neutrality, and debate with the Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans.
“We have an excellent opportunity to show that Estonia has the drive to be among the leaders and propose solutions,” Pentus-Rosimannus said. “Transition to climate neutrality is the most extensive project in the European Union in the recent decades, but it is also an important opportunity both for Estonian universities and researchers, as well as our technological innovation businesses. Plus, Estonia already has solutions that we can propose.”
Pentus-Rosimannus emphasised that to reduce effects on climate, it is important for countries to act together as well as to contribute individually. “More success comes to those who start earlier, make more efforts, and manage to involve the state, private, and research sectors into working towards the same goal,” Pentus-Rosimannus explained.
“The Green Deal, presented yesterday by the European Commission, is an attempt to direct EUR 100 billion along with co-financing into supporting more vulnerable regions. We should definitely use this to regenerate the East Viru County after oil shale. In the new seven-year European budget, Estonia is keen to increase funding for Estonia’s research sector that supports the technological leap,” Pentus-Rosimannus said.
Today’s debate is organised by the European Commission in the framework of the COP25. Its speakers include the Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans; business sector representative, Chairman and CEO of Iberdrola José Ignacio Sánchez Galán; national governments representative, member of the Spanish government Teresa Ribera; and national parliaments representative, Member of the Riigikogu Keit Pentus-Rosimannus.
The European Union Green Deal, published yesterday, focuses on combating climate change and working towards environmentally sustainable goals. The Green Deal includes transport, energy, agriculture, circular economy, and biological diversity. The European Union should reduce emissions 55% by 2035 and become climate neutral by 2050. Climate neutrality means that carbon emissions equal the carbon capture capacity.