Monitoring and impacts
Revealing the bigger picture

We compile and produce data on the impacts and effectiveness of various energy policy measures. This work facilitates the preparation, selection and monitoring of nationally applied policies. Monitoring and assessing the impacts of energy efficiency agreements and energy audits also forms an important part of our work.

Impact assessment is always an important element of our projects. We want to make sure that we focus on the most important themes for society, and bring about real change."
Ulla Suomi, Motiva Oy

An unbroken chain

During 2016 we helped to prepare and negotiate new energy efficiency agreements together with the government authorities. The continuation of the agreements scheme was finalised in October, when representatives from businesses, municipalities, property managers and the oil industry all signed new agreements committing them to improve their energy efficiency over the years 2017–2025. The new agreement period marks the continuation of Finland’s chosen path towards meeting national and EU energy efficiency targets and obligations, which is based on voluntary agreements.

Voluntary means preferable

In Finland voluntary actions seem to be more effective than forced measures. During the period 2008–2016 the companies and municipalities who had signed up to energy efficiency agreements invested more than a billion euros in a grand total of 17,000 actions realised to boost their energy efficiency.

By the beginning of 2016 the consequent energy savings amounted to more than 14 TWh a year – corresponding to the amount of energy used by more than 710,000 single family homes. Consequent annual emission reductions amount to more than 4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, while annual savings on energy bills add up to 500 million euros.

Motiva monitors the actions realised, and their outcomes, while also providing support for practical efforts made by businesses and municipalities to improve their energy efficiency, and spreading the whole message. In 2016 we focused on the production and marketing of communication materials related to the new energy efficiency agreement period, aiming to ensure that such activities continue comprehensively, enabling Finland to reach its national targets under the EU Energy Efficiency Directive.

Building a low-carbon society

In a low-carbon society the use of fossil fuels and other non-renewable materials must be minimised, and greenhouse gas emissions must be radically reduced from today’s levels. In recent years Motiva has compiled useful information to support activities targeting low-carbon development realised using European Structural and Investment Funds. The message has been spread to the authorities and other potential project partners to encourage them to initiate more projects targeting low-carbon development within companies and in other sectors of society.

We also conduct related policy analyses, such as a report produced for the World Energy Council on policies applied in different parts of the world to promote the use of energy efficient electric motors in industry.

Focus areas for 2017

Our top priority for 2017 is to support parties to new energy efficiency agreements, to ensure that such agreements are rolled out by the end of the year and already begin to take effect. We will further encourage businesses and municipalities to sign up to agreements for the new period, and make ambitious but achievable commitments to enhance their energy use. We will also prepare for the first reporting round of the new agreement period by updating our related monitoring system as necessary. We will additionally compile results from the whole of the previous period 2008–2016. These results can be expected to testify that voluntary agreements of this nature, and the use of carrots rather than sticks by the authorities, have worked extremely well in Finland.