Factsheet: Energy efficiency agreements and audits

Energy efficiency agreements and audits

Key Information
The purpose of the energy efficiency agreement scheme is to contribute, in accordance with the national energy and climate strategy, to the fulfilment of our international commitments in the fight against climate change. This new agreement scheme is especially important to the implementation of the Energy Services Directive (ESD). The Energy Services Directive conferred a nine per cent energy conservation target upon Finland for the period 2008–2016, which, translated into energy, amounts to 17.8 TWh. Under the new agreement scheme, efforts have been made to take the obligations of this Directive into account, and Finland succeeded in negotiating agreements on the implementation of these obligations as alternatives to regulatory steering. Where the implementation of the obligations pursuant to the Directive is not possible through these agreements, the necessary regulations will be prepared in early 2008. Of the energy efficiency agreement sectors, business and industry is the largest, including the whole industrial sector, the service sector, energy production as well as district heating, and the electricity transmission, distribution and retail market. Structurally, the energy efficiency agreement in business and industry works based on a framework agreement signed between the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, the Confederation of Finnish Industries, and industrial associations, specifying the mutual obligations of the signatories as well as measures targeted at companies adhering to the agreement scheme. There is also Municipal Agreement Sector and Agreement Sector of Distribution of Heating and Transport Fuels.
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