Farm Energy Programme 2010-2016 for Finnish farms

Farm Energy Programme 2010-2016 for Finnish farms

A national energy programme for Finnish farms, drawn up by an expert group led by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, was launched in January 2010. The basis of the programme was an agreement signed by the Ministry and producer organisations.

Individual farms joined by signing an accession document. The revision of the programme started in January 2015 driven by the introduction of the EU-financed rural development programme for the period from 2014 to 2020. By January 2015, 515 farms had joined the Programme. In the revised programme (details still under negotiation in November 2015), individual farms do not join the programme anymore.

This voluntary programme encourages long-term improvements in energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources.

The programme helped farms to reshape their energy use so as to reduce both costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Depending on the scale of their energy use, farms joining the programme conducted energy plans prepared by a trained energy adviser, or prepared their own in-house control plans.

The Farm Energy Programme aims to help meet national climate and energy targets set to fulfil Finland’s international obligations. It is hoped that Finland’s goals in this context can be effectively achieved through this voluntary programme, with no need for new legislative controls.

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