RMK selected as promoter of green economy 08.10

Yesterday, at the Sustainable Development Forum, the Stockholm Environment Institute in Tallinn (SEI) acknowledged promoters of the green economy in Estonia. The title “Promoter of green economy 2012” was awarded to RMK as a government invested enterprise, ABB as a private company and Pajumäe Farm as a small company.

“We recognise public limited company ABB because the production activities of the company support the use of renewable energy and they have implemented an environmental management system in the management of their business as well as production activities,” said Tea Nõmmann, Director of SEI Tallinn. “Pajumäe Farm, in Viljandi County, fosters environmentally clean organic milk and consumers appreciate their constantly expanding product line. RMK has created possibilities for the public use of state forests, and sustainable forestry standards and the environmental management system have been implemented within the company,” said Nõmmann.

The green economy awards were presented for the first time. The purpose of the award is to draw attention to companies implementing sustainable development.

The topic of the Sustainable Development Forum, held yesterday, was “Prerequisites and opportunities for the green economy in Estonia” and speakers included Ene Ergma, President of the Estonian Parliament; Urmas Paet, Minister of Foreign Affairs, who lead the Estonian delegation to the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro this year; Dr. Paul Schreyer, Deputy Director of the OECD Statistics Directorate; Bo Henriksson, Country Manager for ABB Baltic Countries; Dr. Arjen Wals, Professor and UNESCO Chair of Social Learning and Sustainable Development, Education and Competence Studies at Wageningen University and Tea Nõmmann, Director of SEI Tallinn.

This was the sixth time that SEI Tallinn has organised the Sustainable Development Forum. This year’s topic was motivated by the Rio+20 Conference, held under the auspices of the UN in June, where a main topic was the green economy. Organisation of the Sustainable Development Forum was financed by the State Chancellery and the Environmental Investment Centre.