The port of Tallinn entered into a renewable energy purchase agreement with Eesti Energia and now consumes only green electricity produced in Estonia.
According to the agreement, Eesti Energia will supply the Port of Tallinn with 10 gigawatts-hour (GWh) of renewable electricity during 2021 for the port’s own use. This leaves a total of almost 7,000 tons of CO2 unreleased in the air per year.
According to Ellen Kaasik, Head of the Quality and Environmental Management Department at the Port of Tallinn, the port has consistently contributed to its business and development in order to reduce the negative impact of its activities on the environment.
“Energy efficiency and greater use of renewable energy sources are an important step in reducing the port’s ecological footprint and achieving climate neutrality,” Mrs Kaasik noted.
According to Dajana Tiitsaar, Estonian Market Manager at Eesti Energia, customers are making more and more environmentally friendly choices: from choosing a renewable energy package to solar, heating and electric car charging solutions.
Last year, Eesti Energia built nearly 300 solar power plants with a total capacity of 8 megawatts (MW) for its customers. Furthermore, 2,500 customers as small producers are now selling electricity produced in their own homes or companies to Eesti Energia.
The Port of Tallinn has taken great steps in recent years to move towards a more sustainable living environment. Mrs Kaasik pointed out that last year, the first Estonian ABB shore power equipment was installed on the Old City Harbour quay as part of a unique project, the introduction of which brought cleaner air and less noise to the Old City Harbour and City of Tallinn, thus reducing CO2 emissions per passenger ship by 100 tons in a month.
Last September, Tõll, rebuilt into Estonia’s first hybrid passenger ship, started serving passengers on the Virtsu-Kuivastu route. Its battery banks allow it to run partly on electricity, thus reducing the amount of diesel fuel, air pollution and noise. TS Laevad plans to introduce hybrid technology also on other newer ferries in the company’s fleet.