Municipalities

Finnish municipalities’ energy efficiency agreement and energy programme for 2008-2016

The current energy efficiency agreement and energy programme for Finnish municipalities will run for the period 2008-2016, aiming to build on on achievements made under an earlier energy and climate agreement over the period 1997-2007.

The new agreement and programme aim to help Finnish municipalities help meet the requirement of the EU energy services directive that the public sector should set good examples in finding ways to save energy. Finland is primarily implementing the directive through ambitious voluntary agreements. The agreement aims to achieve energy savings by 2016 amounting to 9% of earlier annual energy use.

Savings on emissions and costs for municipalities

The agreement and programme primarily aim to enhance energy efficiency, but they also include targets and actions designed to promote the wider use of renewable energy sources. These actions will all help to reduce Finland’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Improving energy efficiency and using more renewable energy can also generate considerable economic benefits for municipalities. Any new climate and energy policies defined for municipalities under the national climate and energy strategy will be duly integrated with the existing energy efficiency agreement and energy programme.

Two types of agreement for municipalities

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Two types of agreement exist for municipalities. Large and medium-sized municipalities enter into bilateral ‘KETS’ energy efficiency agreements with the Ministry for Employment and the Economy. Smaller municipalities are invited to sign up to a separate energy programme known as KEO, administered by Motiva.

The KETS energy efficiency agreement model has been designed for cities and municipalities with more than 20,000 inhabitants, and for groups of associated municipalities whose total annual energy use amounts to more than 20,000 MWh.

The KEO energy programme is intended for municipalities with fewer than 5,000 inhabitants, or groups of associated municipalities whose total annual energy use amounts to less than 5,000 MWh.

Cities and municipalities with 5,000-20,000 inhabitants and groups of associated municipalities whose total annual energy use amounts to 5,000-20,000 MWh may join either scheme.


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