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The Entrepreneurial Estonian: Clean Transportation is the Future

Driving into Tallinn from the airport on a recent trip, one of the first things I noted was a small, automated driverless vehicle delivering takeout food, navigating a busy intersection. Later in the trip, I saw a lawn mower replaced by a compact, efficient little machine, trimming the grass at the song festival grounds. Once done, it drove itself to a station to recharge. The future is clearly here in Estonia.

Evi Mustel, co-founder and President of Mustel Group and Honorary Vice-Consul for the Republic of Estonia. ( www.mustelgroup.com )
Evi Mustel, co-founder and President of Mustel Group and Honorary Vice-Consul for the Republic of Estonia. ( www.mustelgroup.com )

Technologies such as these, which reduce emissions, have a wide range of other benefits. From cleaner air and less congestion to better health, more clean jobs, and economic development.

Transportation plays a major role in all our lives, connecting us to each other, to goods, and to the rest of the world. But it is also our largest single source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. While COVID led to an unprecedented downturn in travel and less commuting, the gains have been offset to some extent by the growth of commercial trucks. Originally intended to service businesses, these transport trucks are now commonly roving around entire cities and neighbourhoods delivering online purchases.

In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, E...

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