Energy audits are comprehensive studies of energy consumption, identifying opportunities to save energy. The audits are conducted and reported on according to separate instructions. Energy audits also examine the possibilities of using renewable energy.
The purpose of energy auditing is to increase the efficiency of energy use in companies and other organisations and to decrease the environmental emissions of their activities. In addition to emissions reductions, improving energy efficiency brings direct economic savings. In the best case scenario, energy audits generate savings even without any investments.
Mandatory for large enterprises
Energy audits activities are divided into two groups: the mandatory energy audits of large enterprises, as provided for in the Energy Efficiency Act (1429/2014), and the voluntary energy audits scheme for other enterprises. The latter is supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (MEAE).
Carrying out an energy audit in accordance with relevant models and instructions is a precondition for energy support. For more information on applying for energy subsidies, please see the section on energy support.
In addition to buildings and production processes, energy audits also covers transport chains. The potential for increasing the use of renewable energy is also examined regionally, at the municipal level.
Finland has for long been an internationally recognised forerunner of the energy audits. Our experiences and know-how had a major impact on the European Commission’s decision to make energy auditing a key EU-level action to improve energy efficiency.
The mandatory energy audits of large enterprises are managed and conducted by the Finnish Energy Authority. Motiva Oy provides instructions and guidance on voluntary energy audits, and the MEAE subsidises them.
Further information: pentti.puhakka(at)tem.fi