Finland to take a strong set of measures for energy saving

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Posted on: 9 May 2010

Proposed energy saving and energy efficiency measures, Finland's final energy consumption will be approximately 11 percent lower in 2020 than it would be without the measures.

25 June 2009 Finland to take a strong set of measures for energy saving Due to the proposed energy saving and energy efficiency measures, Finland's final energy consumption will be approximately 37 terawatt hours (TWh) or 11 percent lower in 2020 than it would be without the measures. The growth of final energy consumption will reverse and be in 2020 at the current level of 310 TWh. This can be achieved through 125 measures, proposes the Energy Efficiency Committee in its report, which covers all sectors of society, from trade and industry to private consumption, The Committee was established by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy. The target is in line with the Long-term Climate and Energy Strategy submitted by the Government to the Parliament in November 2008. The amount of energy saved would correspond to an approximate 9.3 million tonne decrease in carbon dioxide emissions. In the report, the Committee also presents its views on how energy consumption will decrease further, by one third, from the year 2020 to 2050. Radical change required throughout society The main focus of the Committee?s work was in non-emissions trading sectors. Community structure, buildings, traffic, households and agriculture, industry and the public and private service sector came under review. According to the Committee, these challenging targets cannot be achieved via single measures alone. Instead, radical change is called for throughout society - even in our ways of life, thinking and conduct. The Committee emphasizes the significance of what it terms the foundation, comprising a number of issues and functions that must be in order in society, in order for these goals to be achieved. These measures form an extensive and wide-ranging basis for all activities, and upholding them is fundamental to striving towards the targets set for the year 2050. The proposed measures include normative control, economic steering methods, public information campaigns, education and expertise, research and development and other individual methods such as energy efficiency agreements and energy audits. Measures will pay for themselves by 2020 Energy saving will cause investment costs early in the next decade, but once the savings impacts of various measures begin to materialize, energy saving will pay for itself by the end of the next decade, says the Chairperson of the Energy Efficiency Committee Sirkka Vilkamo, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Employment and the Economy. "From the viewpoint of the national economy, in the assessment conducted, energy efficiency measures proved more profitable than in previous assessments." "The positive impacts of these measures will become evident sooner than previously calculated," Vilkamo says. Measures and savings in brief The calculated energy saving impact of the measures totalled 36.4 terawatt hours, of which electricity savings accounted for 6.4 TWh. * The highest savings calculated would be achieved through new automotive technology - 8.5 TWh; * regulations for new building and renovation building - 4.9 TWh; * more challenging energy efficiency agreements - 2.8 TWh; * energy performance requirements for appliances - 2.1 TWh. Through these four sets of measures, all outside the emissions trading sector, one half of the savings target can be achieved. In addition, numerous important and impressive measures were suggested, for which precise quantitative savings effects cannot be calculated. In energy-intensive industry, as a consequence of emissions trading and other measures, the estimated improvement in energy efficiency would be approximately 8 TWh in 2020. The Energy Efficiency Committee attended 31 Committee members and approximately 130 experts, who participated in the work, represent organizations from across society. The Committee report has the members? unanimous backing. Urgent measures to be launched in autumn The aim is that the Committee?s proposed measures, together with the goals for enhancing energy end-use efficiency and policies, as defined in the Government?s Long-term Climate and Energy Strategy recently adopted by the Finnish Parliament, will form an overall plan for energy saving and energy efficiency. According to this strategy, having received the Committee?s proposals and at the latest by the autumn of 2009, the Government will decide on any energy efficiency measures to be launched urgently, the organization of the related activities and the targeting of the required financing. Source and more information: TEM Related articles: 19 December 2008 Renewables and energy efficiency - Finland's main tools to combat climate change 29 October 2008 Finland is prepared to perform its share of the EU's climate targets
Posted: 09 May 2010

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