The primary objective of increasing energy efficiency is the cost-effective reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to mitigating climate change, saving energy is also vital for other reasons, such as securing energy supply, reducing the need for imported energy, reducing energy costs, ensuring resource efficiency, and promoting other environmental aspects like environmental protection and air pollution control. Saving energy also contributes to increasing the share of renewable energy.
Cogeneration of heat and electricity, broad coverage of voluntary energy efficiency agreements and systematic energy auditing are good examples of successful energy saving measures implemented in Finland.
In international comparison, Finland ranks among the top with respect to many energy saving measures and the efficiency of energy use. Cost-effective solutions and our voluntary energy efficiency agreement scheme have helped us to achieve a leading position. At present, energy efficiency is the source of most of the value of cleantech business.
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (MEAE)
The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (MEAE) represents Finland in energy efficiency matters within the EU and in other contexts of international cooperation.
The MEAE coordinates national energy efficiency policy, actively monitoring developments in the field.
The Finnish Energy Authority is responsible for the practical implementation of certain measures to promote energy efficiency. Its tasks concern energy efficiency agreements, energy audits, consumer guidance in and communication on energy-related matters, and the ecodesign requirements and energy labelling of products.
Motiva Oy is a government-owned company that carries out practical work to promote energy saving and the use of renewable energy sources.
timo.ritonummi(at)tem.fi (Energy efficiency, Energy and climate technology research)