Tartu is the 2nd largest city in Estonia and main hub in South-Estonia. The population of Tartu City is around 100,000 people and Tartu urban area with neghbouring municipalities is about 130 000 citizens. Tartu is Estonia’s education center with over 15 higher education institutions including two largest – Tartu University (est 1632) and University of Life Sciences.
Tartu is considered to be most livable city in Estonia. Tartu is a member of The Covenant of Mayors since 2014 and has been at the forefront of sustainability with some of the most ambitious goals in Estonia.
Tartu region embodies wisdom – here you will find one of the best universities in Europe and many top-level scientific institutions and research laboratories. Intelligent people generate smart ideas and that is the reason why start-ups and smart manufacturing companies are booming here.
Tartu is an innovative way thinking city where in 2000 was implemented 1st in the world a mobile parking, in 2003 a paperless governance, in 2005 1st e-elections in the world, in 2013 participative budgeting and many more things.
Mostly known as a university town, Tartu is also a site of industry. The food industry has traditionally been important for the town’s economy. In the beginning of the 21st century, many ICT enterprises and other high-tech companies (medicine, biotech, nano-technology etc.) have taken a foothold in Tartu. .
Through the project, the City of Tartu is aiming to radically reduce the environmental footprint of the public services in Tartu, aiming for the zero-emission standard. Implementation of SECAP and other environmental policies will by supported by creating a dialogue and learning process for the non-technical stakeholders.
Through the project City of Tartu aims to enhance its capacity to engage the citizens and to identify appropriate policies supporting stakeholder participation and integrated planning. 2ISECAP will help the city administration to develop new low-carbon public services in dialogue with the community members. It will also help the citizens and organizations to make use of the low-carbon public services and support the reduction of environmental impact in the private sector.
Tartu Regional Energy Agency – TREA, is responsible for the development of the SECAP of Tartu municipality and for the rest of municipalities in Tartu County. TREA expects to enhance its know-how and capacity to develop and implement approaches for triggering the involvement of citizens in planning and implementing energy resilient communities. They have already devoted substantial effort on this direction in order to prepare and submit by 2020 the revised SECAP of Tartu municipality. They are particularly interested on the LL concept as a governance structure to support planning, monitoring and implementation of SECAP. TREA is a technical partner of EU Lighthouse project SmartenCity.