Energy efficiency plan of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

The ministry has set itself ambitious energy saving targets: Its aim is to reduce overall energy consumption by 25 per cent by the year 2016 and 30 per cent by the year 2020, compared with the 2008 levels. The energy consumption per employee should decrease by 15 and 20 per cent, respectively.

Between 2008, its first year of operations, and 2012, the ministry already managed to reduce its overall energy consumption by 17 per cent. The ministry has introduced a number of different energy saving measures and changed many of its consumption habits as part of the WWF Green Office system, which MEAE joined in 2009.

Saving energy and changing operating practices

The Ministry’s premises are going through great changes, and the Ministry has given up some of its former premises and some of the staff have been working in temporary office spaces. The introduction of more multipurpose office spaces has reduced energy consumption and improved energy efficiency. Since the end of 2018, the Ministry’s entire staff has been working in one completely renovated multipurpose office building.

The ministry has already introduced energy saving measures and new operating practices in lighting, information technology and printing. Special consideration is also given to replacing work-related and other travel with video conferencing and other arrangements.

Work-related travel in the Helsinki region should primarily be by public transport or on foot. Continuous personnel training and encouraging staff members to adopt environmentally friendly practices are also important priorities in the ministry.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment finalised its own practically oriented energy efficiency plan in May 2011. The plan was prompted by the Energy Services Directive of the EU (2006/32/EC) under which the public sector must set an example in the promotion of energy efficiency.

In the Government resolution issued in February 2010, MEAE was obliged to prepare its own plan, which could also serve as a model for other organisations.

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