4th Meeting of the Estonian Smart City Club in Valga

Estonian Smart City Club met in Valga

18 Nov 2019

On October 29, representatives of five Estonian cities and rural governments met in Valga, Estonia, for the fourth meeting of the Estonian Smart City Club. Participating were representatives of Tartu, Elva, Tapa, Valga and Paide, in addition to the SmartEnCity project partners Institute of Baltic Studies (IBS)and Tartu Regional Energy Agency (TREA).

The meeting was opened by Margus Lepik, the mayor of the Valga rural municipality, was welcoming the guests and underlined the importance of such meetings and exchange of experiences. 

Afterwards, Tartu Regional Energy Agency introduced the new Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP) of Tartu, called Tartu Energy 2030+, and the work that has been done so far.

The importance of engaging citizens and cocreation was also stressed and Tartu city shared good practices with other participants. The new action plan will be ready soon and by the end of 2019 will a comprehensive strategy be included comprising specific measures to combat climate change, increase energy efficiency and to decrease CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030.

 The second session of the meeting was led by Valga county architect Jiri Tintera, who initiated an interesting discussion on two important challenges Valga is currently facing:

  • vacant and deteriorating housing in areas with a decreasing population and
  • renovating and building in national heritage areas.

As decreasing population is a shared problem among virtually all Estonian municipalities, the topics sparked a lively discussion among the participants. At the end of the day, Mr Tintera took the participants on a city tour to demonstrate the discussed areas and buildings. 

The fifth meeting of the Club will be held at the beginning of next year.