No. 9 May 1997 Supplement

Country Study News

The Newsletter of the UNEP Collaborating Centre on Energy and Environment


The Estonia country study is being carried out by the Stockholm Environment Institute ­ (SEI­Tallinn), which has been nominated as the project executing agency by the Estonian Ministry of Environment.

The Estonia country study concentrates on mitigation options in the energy sector, which is the dominant source of the country's greenhouse gas emissions. Estonia's energy situation is quite unique in its reliance on oil shale, which exists in abundance in Estonia but is highly carbon­intensive. Efficiency improvements in oil shale combustion are likely to be high priority options. Other likely options include combined heat and power, nuclear energy, and renewable energy.

SEI­Tallinn is collaborating with other research organisations both within and outside of Estonia. Collaborating institutions include Tallinn Technical University Department of Electrical Power Engineering, and the Stockholm Environment Institute headquarters in Stockholm Sweden.

In addition to the UNEP/GEF project "Economics of GHG Limitations" , SEI­Tallinn is also the Estonian executing agency for another UNEP/GEF project on climate change impacts and adaptation, implemented by the Norwegian institute CICERO. SEI­Tallinn's role in both UNEP/GEF projects ensures maximum coordination between the two projects. The first national workshop for the UNEP Centre project, in Roosta Estonia from 31 October to 1 November 1996, was held jointly with the national workshop for the CICERO project, bringing together all government ministries and research organisations involved in both projects.

Project Coordinator: Tiit Kallaste, SEI­Talinn

UNEP Centre Project Manager: Robert Redlinger

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