Energy efficiency agreements 2017–2025

Energy efficiency agreements are a means jointly chosen by the central government and the participating sectors for meeting the international energy efficiency obligations imposed on Finland. Energy efficiency agreements guide companies and organisations in improving their energy efficiency. The comprehensive and efficient scheme helps Finland meet its obligations without having to introduce new mandatory procedures.

Voluntary agreements between the central government and the participating sectors have been used to promote energy savings and energy efficiency since the 1990s.

The energy efficiency agreements for 2017–2025 concern four sectors. The sectors participating in the energy efficiency agreements for business and industry include the industry, energy and private services sectors, while the other energy efficiency agreements concern the real estate sector, the municipal sector and the distribution of heating oils.

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The Energy Authority under the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment is responsible for the preparation, development and implementation of energy efficiency agreements.

The Energy Authority has commissioned the state-owned company Motiva Oy to carry out tasks relating to the implementation, communications, reporting and monitoring of the energy efficiency agreements.

Conventional technology project that join the system of energy efficiency agreements can apply for aid from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. projects-eligible-for-aid

Finland reports to the EU on the progress of its energy savings measures. The current agreement period will last until 31 December 2025.
 

Inquiries: Timo Ritonummi, Pentti Puhakka and Pia Outinen

 

Energy audits

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.

Energy auditing 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 auditing scheme for other enterprises. The latter is supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

Mandatory for large enterprises

The Energy Efficiency Act obligates large enterprises to carry out an energy audit every four years. Energy audits are used to produce knowledge of the existing energy consumption profile of a company or all the units in a group, identifying energy savings opportunities. The energy audit of a company will include on-site audits to get detailed information about the energy consumption and the appropriate energy efficiency measures.

The mandatory energy audits of large enterprises are managed and implemented by the Finnish Energy Authority.

 

Subsidised energy auditing in municipalities and SMEs

Voluntary, subsidised energy audits are comprehensive studies of energy consumption in the building, process or system identifying opportunities to save energy. The audits are conducted and reported on according to separate instructions.

Motiva Ltd provides instructions and guidance on voluntary energy audits.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment subsidises voluntary energy auditing by municipalities and small- and medium-sized enterprises. Carrying out an energy audit in accordance with relevant models and instructions is a precondition for energy aid. Read more about how to apply: projects-eligible-for-aid

Inquiries: Timo Ritonummi and Pekka Kärpänen