Energy audit refers to a systematic procedure to obtain data on energy consumption, identifying opportunities to save energy and report the findings. 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 auditing activities are divided into two groups: the mandatory energy audits of large enterprises under the Energy Efficiency Act and the voluntary energy auditing scheme for other enterprises. The latter is supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.
Carrying out an energy audit in accordance with relevant models and instructions is a condition for energy aid. Applying for energy aid: Read more under Energy aid.
In addition to buildings and production processes, energy auditing also covers transport chains. The potential for increasing the use of renewable energy is also examined at local level.
Finland has long been an internationally recognised pioneer in energy auditing. Our experiences and expertise had a major impact on the European Commission’s decision to make energy auditing a key energy efficiency measure in the EU.
The mandatory energy audits of large enterprises are managed and implemented by the Finnish Energy Authority. Motiva Ltd provides instructions and guidance on voluntary energy audits, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment subsidises voluntary auditing.
Energy efficiency agreements 2017–2025
Voluntary agreements between the central government and the participating sectors have been used to promote energy savings and energy efficiency since the 1990s. 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. The comprehensive and efficient scheme helps Finland meet its obligations without having to introduce new mandatory procedures.
A new term of energy efficiency agreements started on 1 January 2017. The new term from 2017 and 2025 is a continuation on the previous term of energy efficiency agreements that started in 2008 and ended in 2016. The new energy efficiency agreements 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 (Höyla IV).
Energy efficiency agreements guide companies and organisation in improving their energy efficiency. Finland reports to the EU on the progress of its energy savings measures. The agreement term started on 1 January 2017 and ends on 31 December 2025.
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