When it comes to improving energy efficiency, Finland is relying largely on voluntary schemes and providing financial support for both private and public sector applicants rather than imposing obligations on them. The only obligations are energy performance standards for new buildings and energy surveys for large companies. For buildings, the energy performance certificate can only be issued by a certified surveyor.
Finland’s energy efficiency goal for 2030 is the saving of 153 TWh, more than half of which will be reached through the voluntary Energy Efficiency Agreements (NECP, 2019).
Summary of measures
- Subsidy: energy aid for housing is available for the owners of residential buildings wishing to improve the energy efficiency of their building
- The large energy aid investment scheme is also open to large energy efficiency improvement projects
- Energy Efficiency Agreement for municipalities is a voluntary tool for interested municipalities
- Energy surveys conducted by SME’s and municipalities are eligible for financial support, whereas similar surveys conducted by large enterprises are legally required and not supported
- New buildings (constructed after January 2018) are required to comply with the energy performance standards, which vary depending on the type of building. Their energy performance is assessed in the form of a certificate issued by a surveyor.
- Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
- Ministry of the Environment
- Association of Local and Regional Authorities