Areas of Operation

Energy Efficiency Agreements

The Energy Efficiency Agreements play a central role in implementation of the EU Energy Services Directive (Directive on the Promotion of End-use Efficiency and Energy Services, 2006/32/EC) in Finland. More over, the Agreements are a part of the implementation of the EU climate action and renewable energy package.

From as early as the 1990s, Finland has employed the voluntary agreement scheme in a drive to promote energy efficiency. The practical measures boosted by the agreements, such as energy audits and analyses subsidised by the goverment, provide companies and communities with an excellent means of ascertaining their own energy usage and the scope of improving it, as well as integrating improvements in energy efficiency in their daily operation.

Energy Efficiency Agreements for industries, municipal and oil sectors, mainly the responsibility of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, were signed for the period 2008-2016. They follow on from the Energy Conservation Agreements that were in force in 1997-2007.

Additional Energy Efficiency Agreements currently in force are those for goods transport and logistics, and public transport. These agreemets are under the responsibility of the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The housing sector has a current Energy Conservation Agreement, which is under the governance of the Ministry of the Environment.

Energy Auditing

An energy audit is an inspection, survey and analysis of energy flows in a building, of a process or system with the objective of understanding the energy dynamics of the system under study. Beyond simply identifying the sources of energy use, an energy audit seeks to prioritize the energy uses according to the greatest to least cost effective opportunities for energy savings. In addition energy audits look into the possibilities of renewable energy use. Also the effects of the proposed savings methods on CO2-emissions are taken into consideration.

Motiva is responsible for the development of the energy audit models, training and authorisation of the auditors as well as maintaining monitoring and supportive marketing activities.

Materials Efficiency

Materials Efficiency is increasingly important in reducing the environmental impacts of production and consumption. Motiva develops services, tools and methods to promote materials efficiency in particular to businesses and the public sector.

Renewable Energy

Finland is one of the world’s leading users of renewable sources of energy, especially bioenergy. Renewable energy sources provide for one fourth of Finland’s total energy consumption and account for more than one fourth of its power generation. The objective of the Finnish national energy and climate strategy is to increase the use of renewable sources of energy and their share of energy consumption.

International Cooperation

Motiva is active in European and international energy networks, such as the European Energy Network EnR, to enable experience exchange and assess the impact of various measures to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.

Motiva provides information and assistance to Finnish companies and organisations on IEE – Intelligent Energy Europe programme as the national contact point. Motiva also participates in European and other international projects in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.

Projects and Campaigns

Motiva has initiated and participated in several versatile national and international projects, in Intelligent Energy Europe and SAVE programmes in particular. Motiva is the coordinator of the National Energy Awareness Week in Finland, which is an annual theme week in October during which schools, companies and other organisations concentrate on promoting energy efficiency.


Page last updated 13.6.2016

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