Non-governmental organizations – The Estonian Chamber of Renewable Energy and the Estonian Council of Environmental – have come up with a joint plan, stressing that the Estonian electricity and heating sector can fully transfer to renewable energy by 2030.
Authors of the project claim that complete transfer to renewable energy “would be technically feasible, economically sound and good for the environment”, reports The Baltic Course, referring to Äripäev.ee.
Transfer to clean energy would mean lower energy prices, sustainability in the aspect of the environment and better energy security, says Rene Tammist, one of the authors of the plan.
It is also pointed out that the greatest environmental problem in Estonia is burning oil shale, so it is necessary to form partnership for applying alternatives to using oil shale for producing heat and energy.
“The analysis of both organisations sends a positive message that extensive use of renewable energy will make it possible to decisively cut back on burning oil shale, which currently produces 80% of all waste generated in Estonia, much of our ambient air pollution and greenhouse gases,” authors of the project say.
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President Francois Hollande of France seeks reduction of unemployment in his country, by pushing the EU to increase spending in order to cut youth unemployment in Europe. He has also noted that recession is now «threatening the very identity of Europe».
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On Wednesday, in Washington, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had been ousted after claims of the agency's special scrutiny to conservative groups. An IRS team had been subjecting applications for tax-exempt status of conservative groups to a greater degree of review than those from other organizations.
The Latvian state budget is suffering enormous losses because the saving of drowning companies attracts financial consultants not by means of open contests, but based on the fact whether or not they are related to the ruling political party, experts believe.
Google’s I/O conference keynote was, in many ways, the opposite of what we expected. Google did not announce any new hardware, nor did the company reveal a new version of Android. Instead, Google spent about half of its annual developers conference focusing on developers and the tools they need to make better apps.
In the first quarter of this year the volume of goods exported at current prices increased by 117.1 million LVL or by 7.7%, but at the same time volume of imports – only by 25.8 million LVL or by 1.3% as compared to the first quarter of the previous year.
The unemployment of young people is a serious problem faced in Latvia, as unemployment among youth is notably higher than in other age groups, as it can be concluded based on the Labour Force Survey results compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.
Smoking voids a child's right for a healthy and clean environment. This is considered abuse against the child, says Latvian Healthcare Ministry's parliamentary secretary Liene Cipule. This is the ministry representative's commentary on the decision of the Saeima Human Rights and Social Affairs Commission to submit and amendments project for review in the Saeima. This project includes amendments to the Children's Rights Law about banning smoking in the presence of children.
On Tuesday, Moscow has expelled an American diplomat over an attempt to recruit an FSB officer to work for the CIA. Although the alleged spy has been caught red-handed, Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry and U.S. State Department avoid inflammatory language.
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jj @ 2013-05-19 19:31:35
The tax will be on real estate that is not being used. If someone can afford to buy real estate and then not use it then maybe they can afford to pay the tax!!! If they cannot then they should not have bought it in the first place.
J. @ 2013-05-19 16:14:44
Ilmars @ 2013-05-17 16:48:38
The censorship of a Nobel Prize winning , world class economist is what this conference will be remembered for . Expect a mountain of negative publicity for Latvia . This conference is run by a bunch of hicks .
Well @ 2013-05-17 11:44:03
As always @ 2013-05-17 11:23:22