Ida-Virumaa without ash hills

Today, electricity in Estonia is still mostly produced from oil shale, because the alternatives do not yet produce the necessary volumes. Up to 1 million tons of ash waste is left behind from the production of oil shale energy per year, and by valorizing it, we can significantly contribute to reducing the environmental footprint of our energy production as a solution that is already needed today. A cleaner environment in Ida-Virumaa and throughout Estonia. 

Only up to 30 percent of the electricity produced in Estonia comes from renewable energy sources, and the rest is largely still produced from oil shale. Efforts to change these proportions in favor of so-called green energy are already bearing fruit, because they started from zero and now almost a third have been reached. However, thanks to the resource-intensiveness of the field, the change is still time-consuming, and even now we are dependent on oil shale energy. The latter is blamed for large negative environmental effects, which are both CO2 emissions and ash waste. For years, efforts have been made to find ways to reduce primarily CO2, but also the further application of ash waste, and thus to mitigate their impact. So far, the development work has not led to the implementation of solutions on such a scale that it would really have significant results. Until today. As a result of a multi-year period of research, a technology has been developed that will prevent new ash heaps from being piled up in the future.