35.590 (2019) (+ Pärnu City 51.271)
4560,79 (+ Pärnu City 857,94) km2
2019: 187.600 (+ Pärnu City 276.800) t
2030: 132.000 (+ Pärnu City 177.000) t

Pärnu County is known for its beaches and the centre of Pärnu County, city of Pärnu, is called the summer capital of Estonia. Pärnu County consists of 7 municipalities, 6 of which prepared a joint climate and energy plan, and Pärnu prepared its own climate and energy plan document.

Mitigation activities

Pärnu County’s climate plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030. It is necessary to help in the transition to renewable energy and low-carbon fuels.

The goal of renewable energy is to produce twice as much renewable energy in Pärnu County as consumed in county. In addition to realising the county’s wind potential, productive consumption and energy cooperatives contributing to the production of renewable energy should become commonplace. The goal of energy saving is to reduce the final energy consumption by 20% by reconstructing buildings and using smart energy management. The greatest potential for climate impacts in Pärnu County is carbon sequestration in land use. To do this, the state, municipalities, businesses and people must use and manage their lands in a way that increases carbon sequestration.

In order to achieve the renewable energy targets, it is necessary to process the relevant specific plans, but also to specify the land use of renewable energy in the master plan based on local and community benefits. In order to use renewable energy locally, the construction of direct lines and microgrids must be encouraged, and it is necessary to contribute to the creation of energy communities.

The buildings of local governments need to draw up a long-term plan for reconstruction and demolition, taking into account the needs of the future. In order to engage the community, it is necessary to raise awareness among residents about energy-efficient buildings and renewable energy.

In cooperation with the public transport centre, transport will be made greener, more compatible and more flexible. In the construction of the Rail Baltic railway, cooperation must be carried out in order to establish railway stops and the accompanying infrastructure, and to connect it to the infrastructure to enable the people of the surrounding area to move more environmentally friendly.

Adaptation activities

The most important topics for adaptation are dealing with areas at risk of flooding and taking into account the increase in freezing-melting cycles. The latter increase the need for maintenance of infrastructure. It is necessary to develop crisis management, raise awareness and increase the preparedness of the crisis committee to cope with the crisis.

The plan is to analyse and refine the risks of exceptional weather conditions and draw up plans to deal with situations. To carry out crisis exercises, develop cooperation and engage in raising the awareness of the population and developing channels of information transmission, as well as targeted reduction of information noise.

The SECAP was created by TREA and supported by CEESEU project.

The entire document is available on the link below in Estonian language.

SECAP – Pärnu County, Estonia

The SECAP was implemented with the support of the CEESEU project. The CEESEU project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement GA: 892270.
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