Environmental policy

While an average person does not deal with environmental policy on a daily basis, even minor changes can affect all our day-to-day lives. A successful environmental policy ensures all residents of this country, the present generation as well as future ones, an equitable living environment.

We believe that:

  • the decision-making process should be transparent and the public must be granted free access to environmental information;
  • environmental supervision needs to be strong and encompass a wider range of areas of life – strong supervision helps to prevent environmental disasters, the clean-up of which is vastly more complicated and expensive, and which can severely damage the natural environment in Estonia;
  • the environment needs to be one of the bases of legislation, factoring in legislative drafting as much as economic benefits;
  • the state must encourage the development of green technologies and reduce support for unsustainable technologies, such as oil shale.

Estonia needs a plan – and support – to get rid of its dirty oil shale

00:00 03. september 2018

ERL energiaeksperdi ja CEE Bankwatch Networki eestipoolse koordinaatori Teet Randma artikkel põlevkivist, mis ilmus ka väljaannetes Energypost.eu ja Estonianworld.com.

Estonia is the second largest emitter of CO2 per capita in the European Union and by far the most carbon-intensive economy among the OECD countries. The reason for that is oil shale, sedimentary rock that has been mined in Estonia for electricity generation since the fifties and, since recently, have also been used for liquid diesel fuel production.

PAN Europe urges consideration of academic findings

11:06 19. september 2014

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe investigated the compliance of the EU and member states’ institutions with the current law on pesticides. The results are not encouraging.

The analysis looks at 7 pesticides whose authorisations have recently been renewed. Under the legislation in force, independent scientific studies are required to be considered in the approval process. PAN Europe discovered 434 studies that identify the adverse effects of particular pesticides. Less than a quarter of these studies were addressed during the approval processes, whereas none of their findings were ultimately taken into consideration. The companies applying for the renewal of authorisations are consistently ignoring independent science, doing it with the approval of the member states and EU bodies. Such a practice poses an imminent danger to Europe’s natural environment and the health of its citizens.

EU Regulation 1107/2009 requires independent scientific studies to be taken into account for the approval process of pesticides. Prior to the entry into force of the regulation, industry-sponsored studies alone would suffice for the granting of approvals, and there was no obligation to take account of independent research. The current regulation has formally rectified the situation, but, as demonstrated by PAN Europe’s analysis, nothing has changed in substance.

The full text of the report is available here: http://www.pan-europe.info/Resources/Reports/PANE%20-%202014%20-%20Missed%20and%20dismissed.pdf