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.
Energy efficiency agreements 2008–2016
The energy efficiency agreements for the period 2008–2016 are a continuation of the voluntary energy conservation agreements introduced by the Ministry of Trade and Industry in 1997. Energy efficiency agreements have become a comprehensive voluntary scheme that covers more than a half of the final energy consumption in Finland.
The MEAE is responsible for energy efficiency agreements involving business and industry as well as energy efficiency agreements and energy programmes in the municipal sector. In addition to the MEAE, the Ministry of the Environment is also involved in the HÖYLÄ III energy efficiency agreement covering the distribution of heating oils and transport fuels and in the energy efficiency agreement for the property and building sector.
Moreover, the MEAE is also a party to two energy efficiency agreements concerning the transport sector, for which the Ministry of Transport and Communications has the main responsibility. The voluntary agreement scheme also includes the Farm Energy Programme led by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
Energy efficiency agreements and the related action plans have been drawn up in close cooperation with trade associations, businesses and other organisations.
Further information: pentti.puhakka(at)tem.fi