The Pan-Baltic Infrastructure Summit will take place for the third time on October 3, 2019 in Tallinn, Estonia. The conference is designed to explore the Baltic infrastructure and trends in its future development. INFRA 2019 will bring together policy makers, senior experts, investors, lenders, developers and infrastructure asset owners from Baltic states for interactive discussion and networking. Infrasummit 2019 will concentrate on trends and opportunities of infrastructure yet unchallenged in Estonia.
The Clutch for Renewable Energy in Estonia. The National Development Plan of the Energy Sector until 2030 (NDPES) states, that renewables will account for 50% of domestic final electricity consumption in Estonia in 2018. Although Estonia positions itself as an environmentally thinking digital society then presently, the proportion of renewable sources in domestic electricity consumption is only 17%. This means that the servers, computers, electric cars, trains, trams and all the other infrastructure is mostly fed by shale oil. But how to proceed from here? Do we see our future in wind, nuclear, solar, biomass – or something else?
The Construction of Infrastructure to decrease CO2. Although building roads and bridges for vehicles might seem like conducing traffic, then it needs to be emphasised that having our infrastructure network composed of gravel roads would be the most anti-environment approach at all. Vehicles spend less energy and emit less CO2 when the friction and distance are as low as possible. Having a road network with a continuous variation of speed limits is not in the best interests for the environment nor the mental health of the passengers as it conduces acceleration, that burns energy. The same might apply for the ferries carrying myriads of cars for 8 kilometers forth and back. How can we do better?
The Cities of 21st Century. Predicting the future in always a gamble. As long as you don’t predict that the sun will continue to rise from the East, then the likeliness to err is considerably high. But we take our chances. In 1985, the director of “Back to the Future” Robert Zemeckis portrayed Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown to have a 30 year journey into 2015. Zemeckis might have been wrong about many things, but he projected the cars still ride on land and he also envisioned the hoverboards. Although we haven’t seen a commercial hoverboard yet, then Lexus launched the prototype in 2015 and cars still do ride on land. But how would we portrait the year 2030? Should we plan infrastructure for self-driving delivery robots or perhaps we should take a less ambitious plan and just plan some parking slots in front of each office building for Bolt drivers? Let’s find out.