Agri-environmental indicators

With about 20% of Estonia’s land area being farmed, agriculture has an important impact on the natural environment:

  • Over centuries, farming has created and maintained a variety of valuable semi-natural habitats on which a wide range of wildlife depend for their survival.
  • Farming practices can have an adverse impact on natural resources, such as the pollution of soil, water and air, fragmentation of habitats, and loss of wildlife.

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Environment

Eesti Statistika Kvartalikiri. 2/17. Quarterly Bulletin of Statistics Estonia (p. 36)
Kaia Oras

By 2015 the use of oil shale had increased 21% compared to 2005. During the same period, waste generation increased 34% and greenhouse gas emissions 10%. It is regrettable that while the economy has generally grown, the value added generated in the economy has increased slower than the use of resources.

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The quantity of pesticides placed on the market in Estonia increased in 2015

news release no 135

According to Statistics Estonia, 691 tons of pesticides (by active substance) were placed on the market in Estonia in 2015, which was 15% more than in the previous year. The quantity of sold pesticides has been increasing in the last five years.

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Environment

Eesti statistika aastaraamat. 2015. Statistical Yearbook of Estonia (p. 40)
Kaia Oras

More energy- and resource efficient production, following the principles of environmental production, the production of products with greater value added instead of those requiring more resources and the development of ecodesign are all measures which should ensure that, in meeting its needs, the human society would stay inside the constraints of the natural cycles. According to several wellknown scientistsa, the critical limits of planet Earth have already been exceeded in the case of the nitrogen cycle and biodiversity. Other outstanding problem areas include climate change, the acidification of oceans and exceeding the limits of the phosphorus cycle.

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Environment

Eesti statistika aastaraamat. 2014. Statistical Yearbook of Estonia (p. 37)
Kaia Oras

In terms of the environment, the biggest challenge of the 21st century on the local and international level is finding solutions to various environmental problems. Climate change, shortage of natural resources, waste in the environment, decreasing biological diversity, toxic chemicals, water pollution, shortage of water resources and air pollution are just some of the problems for which solutions are needed. Climate change has become one of the most important issues internationally. The Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth sets the following targets for the European Union (EU) for the year 2020: decrease the emissions of greenhouse gases by 20%, increase energy efficiency by 20% and ensure the coverage of 20% of the final energy demand from renewable resources.

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