Riga is the capital of Latvia and the largest city in the Baltic States. The City Council created the Riga Energy Agency in 2007 notably to develop and implement the city’s district heating development plan and energy efficiency program.
The Riga Energy Agency operates the city’s Energy Efficiency Information Centre which provides advice to citizens and local stakeholders. Riga committed to the Covenant of Mayors in 2008 and approved its newest Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) in 2014, in which the municipality commits to reducing its CO2 emissions by 55% by 2020. Riga is participating in several EU-funded projects, such as the INFINITE Solutions project, where it aims to set up a revolving fund for energy efficient investments.
The city of Riga aims at a high-quality mobility environment with low air pollution. The main goals of Riga’s electro-mobility projects are to improve air quality, minimize the impact of transport on the environment and set high standards for urban mobility on the territory.
These measures were also introduced to contribute to achieving the CO2-emission reduction targets set in Riga’s Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) covering the period 2010-2020.
The eight electric cars purchased for and operated by Riga’s municipal services have shown first encouraging results in terms of climate impact. Thanks to Riga’s investment in this sustainable form of transportation, CO2 emissions were annually reduced by 25,5 tons in 2014.