Finland exceeds EU energy saving goals but looks for more efficiency

Challenges related to climate and energy policies require more effective action in the future, also creating business opportunities for international companies.

Finland will clearly exceed the energy saving goals established by the EU, according to the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP2) recently submitted to the European Commission by Finland’s Ministry of Employment and the Economy. The 36 measures outlined in the NEEAP2 will make energy savings of 24.7 TWh by the year 2016.


This clearly goes beyond the target set by the EU’s energy end-use efficiency and energy services directive introduced in 2006. Finland has already exceeded the interim energy saving target of 5.9 TWh for 2010 by 12.1 TWh, according to the ministry.


However, the challenges related to climate and environmental policies will only increase in the future and require still more effective action in the field of energy efficiency, according to Heikki Väisänen, chief inspector at the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, who coordinated the preparation of the NEEAP2. The plan sets out Finland’s energy saving target for 2020 within the remit of the energy directive as 34.9 TWh.


According to the ministry, the biggest energy savings in buildings can be achieved through building regulations, heat pumps in detached houses and by measures directed at houses using oil heating. Energy savings in industry are also substantial, although a significant part of this occurs in energy use outside remit of the EU directive. Within the remit the of the EU directive, major energy savings will come from increased energy efficiency in traffic and new cars, agriculture, and electrical equipment.

Source: Ministry of Employment and the Economy