Energy efficiency agreements for 2017-2025 to be launched

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment 11.5.2016 10.31
Press release

Four new energy efficiency agreements will begin next year in Finland for the period 2017-2025. The aim of the agreements is to improve the efficiency of energy use in industry, the energy and service sectors, the real estate sector, the municipal sector and in oil-heated properties.

The agreements are made on a voluntary basis and are a means jointly chosen by the central government and the participating sectors for meeting the international energy efficiency obligations imposed on Finland without having to introduce new legislation or other new coercive measures.

The efficiency of energy use in Finland has been improved nationally through voluntary means since the 1990s. The new energy efficiency agreement period is the third such period and is a continuation of the 2008-2016 period ending at the close of the current year. The aim is to attract the involvement of a large number of companies and municipalities.

Finland is one of the few European countries where a voluntary agreement procedure works and produces good results. Thanks to the companies and municipalities that have actively put energy efficiency measures in place, the amount of energy saved on an annual basis at the start of 2015 was equivalent to the annual energy use of more than 600,000 single family houses, giving a corresponding reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of more than 3.5 million tonnes.

The energy efficiency agreements are an important part of Finland's energy and climate strategy and a key means of furthering the efficient use of energy in Finland. The aim of the agreements is to cover more than half of the binding energy-saving target set for Finland in the EU's Energy Efficiency Directive. The agreements are a concrete part of the work carried out in Finland to combat climate change.

A large number of different sectors in Finland are committed to the 2017-2025 agreement period starting next year. These include the Confederation of Finnish Industries, the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, the Finnish Association of Building Owners and Construction Clients,  the Finnish Food and Drink Industries' Federation, Finnish Energy, the Federation of Finnish Commerce, the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland, the Finnish Hospitality Association MaRa, the Finnish Forest Industries Federation, the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries, the Finnish Petroleum and Biofuels Association, Öljyalan Palvelukeskus Oy and Lämmitysenergia Yhdistys ry. The parties responsible for implementation of the agreements are the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, the Ministry of the Environment and the Energy Authority together with its partner Motiva. 

The ministries and the sectoral organisations will sign the agreements on 14 October 2016 in the House of the Estates. Companies and municipalities may join the agreement in connection with the signing event.

Further information:

Pentti Puhakka, Chief Counsellor, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, tel. +358 29 50 64813, [email protected]

Pia Outinen, Senior Engineer, Energy Authority, tel. +358 29 5050 087, [email protected]

Maarit Haakana, Senior Environmental Counsellor, Ministry of the Environment, tel. +358 29 5250 069, [email protected]

Kati Ruohomäki, specialist, Confederation of Finnish Industries, tel. +358 40 7675 684, [email protected]

Aija Tasa, Director, Housing, Finnish Association of Building Owners and Construction Clients, tel. +358 50 3272 077, [email protected]

Kalevi Luoma, Energy Engineer, Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, tel. +358 9 771 2556, [email protected]

Pekka Huttula, Deputy Managing Director, Finnish Petroleum and Biofuels Association, tel. +358 40 503 9465, [email protected]