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SEI 20 year anniversary in Tallinn, 26 November 2012

On 26 November, the Tallinn Centre celebrated its 20th anniversary with an international Forum on Rio+20: Towards Low-Carbon Economy. The Estonian Environment Minister, the Swedish Environment Ambassador, the representatives from private enterprises and experts from across SEI took part in the lively conversation about building a low-carbon society. The full program for the forum, presentations, photo gallery and amusing video clips on children’s view on life can be found at:

Dr Charles Heaps, SEI US Centre Director delivered an excellent presentation related to SEI’s energy assessment work, presented at Rio+20, Mrs. Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, Estonian Minister of Environment stressed the importance of the collaboration between Estonia and Sweden and the wider Baltic Sea area, she concluded that two decades ago main challenge for the newly independent country was to first secure economic prosperity. That left sustainability issues and environment protection only secondary attention. Today’s paradigm has changed not only for Estonia, but in EU and globally, and there is no doubt that economic prosperity can be achieved and sustained only by radical increase in resource and energy efficiency – by shifting to green economy.
Ms Annika Markovic, Swedish Ambassador spoke about their ambitions, actions and achievements towards green economy. Among others a new initiative - the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to reduce short lived climate pollutants was introduced. Ms Markovich concluded that nothing less than an innovation revolution is needed to achieve the global sustainable development goals.
Mr Linnar Viik, IT visionary highlighted in his video message the importance of the IT sector in ensuring needed solutions information for evidence based decision making and societal innovations. Mr Joakim Helenius, investment banker expressed his views on challenges to transform to green economy from private sector. The substantive discussions and festivities took place in a stimulating environment - a former airplane hangar from the 1920s now turned into a modern marine museum (

(If you’d like to browse through the history and achievements of the Tallinn Centre, the SEI interactive timeline with some highlights from the Tallinn Centre can be accessed by clicking on the interactive timeline banner on the SEI website and then choosing the ‘Tallinn’ filter (underneath the search box).