Estonia ranks 9th in this year’s CCPI and is now among the high-performing countries. Estonia receives a high rating in the GHG Emissions (last year medium and now up 23 spots), Renewable Energy, and Energy Use (last year low) categories. In Climate Policy, the country continues to receive a low.
Subsidies for renewables in place
The CCPI experts welcome the government’s promise to end use of shale oil for electricity production by 2030. They further note there are subsidies for renewable energy, leading to increased deployment. However, there are still controversial fossil fuel subsidies as well as barriers towards deployment, such as lengthy permitting processes.
To become aligned with a well-below-2°C trajectory, Estonia needs to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, exit shale oil production, and both introduce and use incentives to reduce transport emissions.
National experts that contributed to the policy evaluation of this year’s CCPI chose to remain anonymous.