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The fight against climate change will be won or lost in urban areas. A vast majority of the European population lives and works in cities, consuming an estimated 80% of the energy used in the EU. Local administrations, as the closest government level to citizens are ideally placed to address climate issues in a comprehensive manner. More and more cities are thus deciding to take up the challenge, as shown by the growing number of Covenant of Mayors signatories.

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Mayor (or equivalent): Edgar Savisaar
Population: 413,727 inhabitants

Covenant status

Date of adhesion: 5 February 2009
Status 3


Main contact: Relo Ligi
Position: Deputy Head, Tallinn Environment Department


Main contact: Villu Pella
Position: Director of Tallinna Energy Agency

Covenant Supporters

Covenant Supporters Countries Signatories


Free public transport for citizens
Sector: Transport
Implementation timeframe: 2011 - 2020
Area of intervention: Improvement of logistics and urban freight transport
Policy instrument: Transport mobility planning regulation
Responsible body: Tallinn Transport Department
CO2 reduction :
5340 t CO2 eq./a
Energy savings (MWh):
20000 MWh/a
Implementation cost (€):
15 Million €

Description: Tallinn implemented from 1.Januari 2013 free public transport for the citizens. All citizens and persons over 65 years can use the free public transport
Financing sources: Local Authority’s own resources

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Last updated at: 25 March 2015
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