In the middle of this summer, the European Commission published its next green transition package, the "Fit for 55" aka "Objective 55" package. It sets a target for member states to reduce their emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. As a result of the Paris Climate Agreement signed almost 6 years ago, Estonia set a goal of reducing its emissions by 70% and we have almost achieved the goal set last year, having so far reduced our carbon emissions by more than 60%, we are well on track to achieve that goal. Nevertheless, we continue to be the fourth largest emitter of CO2 per capita in the European Union.
The success of the European Green Deal depends not only on the capacity of policy makers and the public sector, but also on the will of businesses and citizens to take practical steps towards more sustainable activities and lives. The push for this should be provided by the renewed EU climate, energy and transport legislation under the “Fit for 55” package, which means new responsibilities as well as opportunities for both businesses and the public sector. Driven by the advantages and benefits of more sustainable activities, more and more companies and public sector institutions in Estonia have committed to consider sustainability in their operations and move towards carbon neutrality.
At Civitta, we too believe that moving towards a low-carbon economy and sustainable society is a necessary and driving force, and we are committed to advising our customers on this journey.
Our new service line focuses on four areas: quantifying impact, sustainable organization development, sustainability research and policy, and innovation support, covering environmental, social and economic sustainability topics. Find out more about our services HERE. The various services as a whole support public sector organizations, companies and the third sector in assessing the impact of their activities, planning changes and also implementing them. Our approach is data-driven to avoid baseless claims and to achieve real change which brings value to the customer as well as the broader society.
“Our so-called sustainability knowledge hub is created in Estonia as a separate team, which also involves specialists from other Civitta offices across Europe and works closely with our other service-line teams. We work internationally as a united team to offer our customers the best expertise and opportunities to learn from the experiences of other countries. For example, in Finland and Denmark, sustainability is now an integral part of every company's operations. At the same time, Romania is setting an example by launching Green Cities initiatives," explains Civitta's partner Veeli Oeselg.
Our team includes:
If you would like to join our sustainability team, send your application HERE. We are open to new team members!
To help our clients on sustainability issues, we have planned a series of “CIVITTA Sustainability Master Class” webinars.
More detailed information about the agenda is published on an ongoing basis, but it is already possible to register for webinars HERE.
In the new year, a series of webinars will continue with topics such as “S ESG”, which talks about the importance of social sustainability and its measurement, “Sustainability in local government”, covering the integration of sustainability principles at the local sector level, and “Sustainability in the construction sector”, where we introduce the verification of the environmental impact of construction materials, Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC). We will publish more detailed information about the next events on our Facebook page.
Contact us to discuss your options for moving towards more sustainable business.
CIVITTA Estonia partner