Businesses
Responsibility as
good business

Resource efficiency and the circular economy are opening up opportunities for new business and growth for many Finnish firms. Motiva helps businesses to take advantage of these opportunities.

We produce and share information to help businesses operate more responsibly and cost-efficiently. We help find ways to utilise side streams from production processes, exploit industrial symbioses, and realise product-centred environmental management. We train, advise and bring together professionals from different fields to facilitate practical improvements in businesses’ energy and material efficiency work.

Finnish firms invested more than a billion euros during the period 2008–2015 to help them use energy more efficiently.

We develop auditing models, train auditors, and monitor the quality of reporting and results. During 2016 we compiled a report on opportunities within the plastics and rubber industry to improve profitability by using raw materials more efficiently. The report estimates that such savings could be worth a total of up to 55 million euros in savings every year. Material efficiency audits indicate that individual plastics firms could save nearly half a million euros a year. More widely in various sectors, the average potential for savings averages about 3─5% of total material costs.

Enhancing knowhow through collaborative projects

We firmly believe in the power of cooperation and knowledge sharing. For this reason we often work with businesses on joint projects designed to find practical solutions to meet challenges regarding energy efficiency and the need to enhance production processes. Our projects bring together experts from different fields able to contribute the valuable expertise and experiences they have built up over the years. These projects result in valuable information that can be used by businesses around Finland and elsewhere.

During 2016 we launched two new joint projects focusing on energy efficiency in water supply facilities, and on the ventilation systems of industrial facilities. Two earlier launched projects examining energy efficiency in industrial heat transfer systems and technical insulation were completed. The VALTTI project, which has focused on cost savings in lighting, produced a databank useful for designers of indoor, outdoor and street lighting systems, as well as an electronic tool enabling life cycle cost comparisons.

Small and medium-sized enterprises overall realise about 54% of the actions identified in energy efficiency audits.

Smart energy efficiency work

Increasing numbers of Finnish firms are finding that adopting more systematic operational methods creates positive results. Useful tools for this purpose include energy efficiency agreements, and energy efficiency management systems including Motiva’s earlier ETJ system and a new system ETJ+ launched in 2016.

The spread of digitalisation means that more information is becoming available on energy efficiency. Compiling and analysing this data can provide helpful deeper insights into processes, giving businesses new perspectives that enable them to enhance their energy efficiency.

Improving material efficiency through voluntary commitments

During 2016 we continued to work with business associations and the relevant ministries to plan and start implementing voluntary commitments made by businesses in relation to material efficiency. Finnish companies have widely expressed interest in this issue. Such commitments are an important tool towards Finland’s goal of becoming a circular economy. This work will continue in line with a collaboratively shaped road map published in summer 2016.

As expressed in our own social commitments, Motiva has resolved to accelerate the creation of a resource smart economy in Finland by encouraging businesses and the government to voluntarily commit themselves to improve material efficiency.

Material efficiency for the food industry

During 2016 Motiva created a road map towards material efficiency for the Finnish food industry, through a participatory process. The road map includes an action plan designed to help food producers channel their joint efforts to enhance material efficiency and the related knowledge base.

Grassroots actions targeting food waste in stores

During 2016 Motiva and Finland’s retail sector tested methods and tools based on “Lean” thinking to reduce food waste in grocery stores. The trials involved thirteen stores from nine retail chains. The project successfully identified the main causes of food waste, and an evaluation table was created to help stores reduce wastage. This project was funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

Focus areas for 2017

In 2017 we will continue to embed energy and material efficiency into the everyday operations of Finnish firms, by providing related practical guidance. We will further encourage companies to sign up to new energy efficiency agreements and strive towards ambitious targets. We will particularly urge SMEs to conduct energy and material efficiency audits and adopt measures identified in them. To facilitate material efficiency commitments we will launch pilot schemes in various sectors. Working together with skilled professionals we will help businesses to adopt favourable new technologies. During 2017 we will particularly focus on energy efficient lighting solutions and solar solar electricity systems. We will also compile data on the use of electricity in industry and on industrial premises’ ventilation systems to facilitate energy efficiency work in these areas.