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Estonia tops internet freedom study

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2011 by admin Tagged: , , , , , , ,

BalticTimes — Estonia has been ranked as the best country in the world in terms of internet freedoms in the “Freedom on the Net 2011” study by Freedom House.

“Estonia ranks as one of the most wired and technologically advanced countries in the world,” the study said.

Estonia secured the top spot in the study, followed by the US, Germany, Australia and the UK. At the bottom of the list were Iran, Burma, Cuba and China.

The study was conducted by Freedom House, a US-based NGO that promotes freedom, democracy and human rights worldwide. The study covered 37 countries worldwide.

The study also found that Estonia has had some of the most improvement in internet freedoms, improving its score from 13 in 2009 to 10 in the most recent study.

Overall, the report found that internet usage has boomed alongside “diverse and growing threats to internet freedom”.

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Smart-Grid Technology Planned for $240M Oxford Park Community in Estonia

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2011 by admin Tagged: , , , , , , , , ,

Skype is apparently not the limit for the information development community in Estonia. Out of the same area where the Skype communications platform was conceived—characterized as “a sort of Silicon Valley on the Baltic Sea” by The New York Times—now comes word of a $240 million, 160-acre sustainable mixed-use community ready to break ground this summer and scheduled for completion in 10 years.

talian architect Francesco De Luca describes his design for Oxford Parkas “a beautiful vision of the future of working and living,” which he believes will be “undoubtedly the most innovative and sustainable development in Europe today.”

Developers of the site—which is located about 30 minutes inland from the seaport and capital city of  Tallinn, in scenic Juuru municipality—have announced that they will use smart-grid technology to maximize the project’s energy efficiency.

Specifically, smart meters will enable the 350 on-site households, as well as the businesses, at Oxford Park to closely monitor their energy consumption and save money by using appliances at off-peak times. In addition, they will be able to earn income from their own energy generation, and to more accurately predict their electricity usage and costs.

Power will be available, even if the grid falls out, via an on-site system. The Tallinn-based  Oxford Sustainable Group said in an April 19 interview with ERR News that Oxford Park would be able to integrate electricity provided from various sources, including that generated by solar panels—thereby saving up to 50 percent in energy costs.

One of the more interesting features of the new development will be the Oxford Park FuelBar, described by the developers as a “total fueling” concept. As the name suggests, the FuelBar will provide fuel for almost any type of sustainable transport on the market today and includes expansion room for new fuel types, as they become available in the future. Prospective fueling options include: petrol, diesel, bio-diesel, slow electrical power, fast-charging electrical power, hydrogen/methane, LPG and gas, electrical battery swap, alternative biofuel (two types), and solid fuel.

The Oxford Sustainable Group is the market-leading developer of sustainable projects throughout the Central/Northern Europe region. It was the first certified CarbonNeutral company in Eastern Europe and a founding member of Central Eastern Europe (CEE)/World Green Building Council.

“Oxford Park is a carefully planned, sustainable community that will see quiet, organic and natural development in the next 10 years, along with its inhabitants and companies,” said  Hadley Barrett, chairman of the Group’s management board.

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Transport Giants To Launch 130-Million-Euro Container Terminal

In Uncategorized on April 12, 2011 by admin Tagged: , , , , , ,

TALLINN(err.ee) – The Port of Tallinn, Estonian Railways and one of Russia’s largest transport companies Rail Garant signed an agreement on April 11 to start up a 130-million-euro container terminal at Muuga Harbor.

The deal comes a month after the Port of Tallinn awarded Rail Garant the much-sought-after contract to operate its planned terminal.

Infrastructure for the facility was installed last summer thanks to over 64 million euros in EU support. Rail Garant said it is planning to invest the same amount again to further develop the terminal, which should come on line in early 2013, uudised.err.ee reported.

Rail Garant CEO Nikolai Falin said the advantages of the Port of Tallinn were its convenient location, advanced infrastructure, year-round accessibility, simplified customs clearance procedures and the absence of customs fees.

“At the same time, the Russian ports of the northwest are overloaded and don’t have the throughput capacity to handle cargo volumes even at current levels,” said Falin.

Ain Kaljurand, chairman of the Port of Tallinn, said the project would both strengthen the port’s competitiveness and make Estonia’s own export easier and cheaper.

“Rail Garant’s concept is truly unique: mostly, our transit has been Russian-bound, with goods still moving from west to east, while their business plan involves the reverse movement – from east to west. This will give Estonia additional transport capacities and will create advantages for exporters,” he said.

Kaljurand also said that transporting the containers by rail rather than road would have a lower environmental impact.

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VKG Acquires Cinder Block Production Facility

In Uncategorized on April 12, 2011 by admin Tagged: , , , , , , ,

TALLINN(err.ee) – Oil shale processing giant Viru Keemia Grupp announced April 11 that it has purchased a production line formerly owned by Silbet Plokk, a bankrupt Kohtla-Järve company that manufactured cinder blocks for construction. VKG’s management said the acqusition was strategically beneficial because the raw materials used to make the cinder blocks are the same as those produced as waste material in shale processing.

“From the perspective of sustainable shale processing, success can only be achieved when the production fully utlizes all the organic and mineral potential of the shale,” the company said in a statement.

Before its bankruptcy, Silbet Plokk was one of the larger employers in the industrial town of Kohtla-Järve.

“Our goal is to find synergies between the two industrial complexes and the re-establishment of nearly 200 jobs that the company once gave the region,” said VKG CEO Priit Rohumaa.

The eight companies that make up VKG employ approximately 1,600 people.

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Tallinn builds house of straw

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2011 by admin Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

TALLINN(BalticTimes) – A theater built from straw, which is projected to be the biggest installation during the European Cultural Capital 2011 festivities in Tallinn, is currently undergoing construction and will open its doors in less than a month, reports news agency LETA. Straw is a worthy building material, which does not harm the environment and is so inexpensive that the theater house will accommodate a large hall, lobby, cafe, outdoor children’s playground and a small sporting area for a cost…. read more

 

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US group takes over Estonian rare earths processor

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2011 by admin Tagged: , , , , , , ,

Molycorp takes over Silmet Group

TALLINN — US group Molycorp has bought out Estonia’s Silmet, one of only two rare earth processors in Europe, the latter’s director told AFP Monday, amid concerns over China’s stranglehold on the crucial metals.

David O’Brock said that Colorado-based Molycorp paid around $89 million for a 90-percent stake, the bulk bought from parent company Silmet Grupp which will retain almost 10 percent.

Rare earths such as lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium or neodymium are vital components in hard-drives and computer screens, while the metals are also pivotal in making laser missile systems, hybrid engines, wind turbines and solar panels.

China produces more than 95 percent of the world’s rare earths, and in recent years has cut back exports radically, resulting in rocketing prices.

That has caused a spat with the United States, which in December called on China not to use rare earths as a “trade weapon” after Japanese industry said Beijing temporarily froze exports amid a territorial row.

China denied any political motivations, insisting the export restrictions were due to environmental concerns and the need for a more sustainable approach.

This year Beijing has also tightened its grip by setting new emission limits on mines producing the lucrative metals.

Silmet, which employs 550 people, is located in the northeastern Estonian town of Sillamae.

“The global demand for our production has been huge but we have been working below capacity, the bottleneck has been the mine,” O’Brock said.

“The deal with Molycorp will secure Silmet with raw material. Molycorp has its own mine in California, so we do not need to worry about delivery problems of raw materials any more,” he added.

Silmet currently imports ores for processing from Russia.

It produces 3,000 metric tonnes of rare earths per year, or roughly two percent of annual global supplies.

The facility started out as a top secret site processing uranium when Estonia was ruled by the Soviet Union, before shifting to the rare earth sector after the Baltic state won independence in 1991.

Europe’s only other rare earth processor is France-based Rhodia.

On Monday Belgian chemicals and plastics group Solvay announced it is making a friendly takeover of its rival Rhodia worth 3.4 billion euros ($4.8 billion).

Source © 2011 AFP

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Estonian beverage maker puts its export hopes on cider

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2010 by admin Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

beer and cider from A le Coq in EstoniaEstonian beverages maker A. Le Coq increased its export by 44% in the first nine months of the year and is planning to increase export by nearly a half next year by means of cider export. The company had this year exported beer and cider for 89 million kroons.

CEO Tarmo Noop said that the company has exported to about twenty European countries as well as to Africa. “We started to pay more attention to export only a year ago. In a certain sense this was thanks to the economic recession, because fall of consumption on the domestic market made us look for additional opportunities abroad,” he added.

At present A. Le Coq’s beverages are marketed the most in Lithuania, followed by Denmark and Finland. According to Noop, the target this and the next year is to firmly gain ground in Scandinavia, Great Britain and Germany and to increase export by a hundred million kroons every year.

“To sell beverages for 200 to 300 million kroons to foreign markets is a realistic target,” Noop said. He added that abroad there was much more room for cider than for beer.
He also pointed out that although the company had started to sell more beverages for export, Estonian buyers continued to be the majority.

A. Le. Coq, which belongs to the Finnish company Olvi OYJ, produces 120 million liters of beverages a year. Export accounts for about one tenth of the company’s annual turnover of one billion kroons.

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