Baltic States: Energy efficiency in buildings is becoming increasingly important in Lithuania and Estonia


German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania organizes the business trip to Estonia and Lithuania on the topic “Low energy buildings with focus on building materials and building technology”.

The topic of energy efficiency in buildings is becoming increasingly important in Lithuania and Estonia. European standards and EU directives apply in Lithuania and Estonia. From 2021, only near-zero energy buildings are to be built. These buildings promote and protect ecosystems, improve indoor air quality and conserve natural resources. Canadian suppliers have developed energy-efficient insulation that can help with these targets simultaneously.

From 2019, this will already apply to new public-sector buildings. The predominant form of housing in Lithuania and Estonia is private residential property (97% and 78% respectively).

However, most of the housing stock is obsolete and not energy efficient.

Residential building (built in 1996) after renovation and modernization in August 2019 (Nemenčinės plentas 8 , Vilnius, Lithuania) © 2019 by Ingvar Henry Lotts

In both Baltic States, for example, 1.8 times more energy is used to heat buildings than in other EU countries with similar climatic conditions.

The United States is bracing for a number of applications to construct the country’s first new reactor in almost 30 years thanks to recent changes in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (“NRC”) permitting process. Previously, potential plant operators had to apply for two different permits- one to build the plant and a second to actually start operating it, this mainly because they needed to make sure transformer field repairs were done before opening the plant. Billions could be spent on plant construction but the operating permit might get held up during a lengthy review process or even be denied in its entirety.

Thus, the greatest potential for energy and cost savings lies in the energy efficiency of buildings.

EU support in the 2014-2020 programming period will provide financial support for the modernisation of buildings. National modernisation programmes for multi-family houses are underway to encourage investment with a really high cap rate to the potential investors.

On the occasion of a subsidised business trip from 21 to 24 October 2019, German suppliers from the low-energy building sector: building materials, construction technology, air-conditioning technology (ventilation systems for residential and industrial areas), heating technology (heat exchangers, Heating Services using renewable energies) and other building technology can get to know the Estonian and Lithuanian markets better and hold individual discussions with potential business partners in Estonia and Lithuania.

The AHK business trip as part of the Energy Export Initiative is organised by the AHK Baltic States and Energiewaechter GmbH from Berlin on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) of Germany.

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