Energy Efficiency Agreements
Heat pumps for detached and terraced houses
Transport fuel taxation/car traffic
Energy Audit Programme – SMEs and municipalities
Energy efficiency measures in the agriculture sector
Energy efficiency agreements / customer advice services
Mass and measure modifications in truck transport
Energy Efficiency Agreements are a long-standing policy in Finland and play a key role in achieving the targets set out in Article 7 of the EED. The current energy efficiency agreement period is 2017 – 2025. The main policy objectives are to encourage the efficient use of energy in the industrial, municipal, property and oil sectors.
The agreements between the government and businesses are framework contracts supplemented by sub-sectoral Action Plans. Participating companies and municipalities enter into the Energy Efficiency Agreement by signing an ‘Accession Document’ which details their obligations in the agreement and their energy savings target for the period 2017-2025.
The agreement is a way to start or continue energy management systematically with a view to continuous improvement. When the EED Art. 7 target for 2014-2020 were set in 2013 it was expected that by 2020 the cumulative savings from energy efficiency measures implemented by the EEA participants would achieve more than half of the binding national cumulative energy savings target set for Finland (49 TWhcum). As reported in the EED annual report 2019, in 2020 the expected cumulative savings from Energy Efficiency Agreements cover almost 70% of Finland’s Art. 7 cumulative target in 2020.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (MEAE) are and the Energy Authority are the responsible administrative authorities. Motiva is an entrusted party who support participating companies in the implementation of the policy, as well as monitoring and evaluation of the energy efficiency agreements.
Participants implement energy efficiency actions and report their progress on an annual basis. Reports are submitted through the online monitoring system, operated by Motiva. The target for each participating company is expressed in percentage of energy savings (GWh). The baseline used is the energy use upon entering into the voluntary agreement. There is an overall target for the participating company, for the period 2017-2025 and an intermediate target in 2020.
The aim of the agreements is to show continuous improvement in energy efficiency, as part of the existing or planned management systems or operating plans. Actions to improve energy efficiency will contribute to the target if they take place in the agreement period, 2017-2025. To qualify, actions must also be reported in the scheme’s monitoring system and the action must relate to the energy use included in the specification of the company’s target.
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