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:

  • Sirli Pehme, who has long-term experience in measuring the environmental footprint (incl. LCA, carbon footprint) both, in research projects and in cooperation with companies from various sectors. She has a master's degree in Natural Sciences (Estonian University of Life Sciences) and has previously worked as an environmental expert in consulting private companies, public sector coordinator on research and development topics as well as working with the environmental projects in cooperation with universities. 
  • Liisa Õunmaa, who has a master's degree in Climate Change from the University of Copenhagen and has closely worked with sustainability issues in various sectors. Additionally, she has been part of the UN Climate Box project, which aims to raise climate awareness in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
  • Ian-Andreas Rahn has previously worked as an environmental specialist and analyst and has experience in both GHG and ETS audits. He graduated in Environmental Geology and Pollution from the University of Portsmouth and previously studied Biology and Environmental Ecology at York University.

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.

  • October 14 (15.00-17.00) LCA and the carbon footprint - environmental impact assessment overview
    In order to manage the environmental impacts of one's activities, it is first necessary to know about the impacts - how large they are and which activities contribute the most. Only then it will be possible to develop an effective, data-based mitigation plan. The environmental impacts of the organisation's annual activities, product / service or planned scenarios can be assessed. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) allows environmental footprints to be measured from cradle to grave, taking into account impacts from resource extraction to product decommissioning. In the webinar, we will talk in more detail about what environmental impacts can be assessed, what are the advantages of one or another approach and what this process looks like in practice.
  • November 25 (15.00-17.00) ESG and sustainability reporting obligations and opportunities
    This year, the Sustainability Financial Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) came into force in the EU, requiring financial market participants to disclose and report on the sustainability of their operations. At the same time, the European Commission is preparing a new directive (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive), which will extend the ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) and sustainability reporting obligations to all large companies in Europe. In the webinar, we will talk in more detail about the new rules and give advice on how to approach data collection and reporting in practice. Because more and more companies have  voluntarily set themselves the goal of disclosing their environmental impacts and introducing actions to reduce the impacts, we are also deciphering the benefits and opportunities that come with it.
  • January 13 (15.00-17.00) Becoming “green” in practice
    Assessing one's environmental impacts and reporting the activities is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of sustainability. Companies that really want to reduce their carbon footprint or other impacts have to face the question of how to achieve this in practice. We will introduce various options to reduce your environmental impact, covering topics such as resource efficiency, implementing the principles of the circular economy, supply chain optimization, business model development as well as offsetting emissions.

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.

Veeli Oeselg
CIVITTA Estonia partner
[email protected]