IEA Expert Group to assess Finland’s energy policy

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment 24.11.2017 10.49
Press release
IEA Expert Group to assess Finland’s energy policy

A Review Team of the International Energy Agency IEA will visit Finland on 27 November – 1 December 2017 to carry out an in-depth-review of our recent energy policy. The previous similar review was made in 2013.

The country review is concerned with all sectors of energy policy. Besides these, the focus will be on emissions in the transport sector, role of biomass as a low-emission transitional fuel, and impacts of changes in the energy market on energy prices, customer participation and combined heat and power production.

IEA conducts country reviews as peer reviews. The group of 10 experts coming to Finland is comprised of representatives of the IEA Secretariat, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency NEA, European Commission, and IEA member countries, including Denmark, Norway and Australia.

During the week the group will meet key players in energy policy and discuss with authorities, operators and stakeholder representatives.

The team present  their main observations already at the end of the week. After the visit the IEA Secretariat together with the Expert Group will draft a written report on the country review. The final report to be published towards the end of 2018 will present an assessment of the current state of energy policy and give recommendations for further policy actions that are needed.

The previous country reviews concerning Finland were conducted in 2007 and 2013. In both of these Finland won recognition for the policy choices it has made and for the diversity of its domestic energy production.

IEA is an OECD agency with 29 member countries. It was first set up to carry out tasks concerned with following the oil market, but in recent years it has expanded the scope of its Madate. Besides energy security IEA now also focuses on cleanenergy solutions and sustainable economic growth. In addition, IEA engages in close cooperation with its partner countries, including many of the emerging economies. The member countries are committed to common energy policy objectives. Based on these, IEA conducts an assessment of the energy policy of each member country every five years.

Inquiries:
Katja Tuokko, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 29 50 47043