Energy Efficiency Agreements scheme
Topic of the practice
Support on energy-efficiency and renewable energy issues to tourism businesses of all sizes.
Good Practice Information
The Energy Efficiency Agreements scheme shows how companies and communities can be systematically guided to become more energy-efficient, how to speed up the deployment of new energy-efficient technology, as well as how to increase the use of renewable energy.
The Energy Efficiency Agreements scheme have set a target in accordance with the Energy Service Directive of nine per cent energy saving by 2016 from the average energy consumption of 2001-2005. The Energy Efficiency Agreement scheme is part of the implementation of Finland’s long-term Climate and Energy Strategy (2008) and the Government policy decision on energy efficiency measures of February 2010. The agreement parties are ministries, industry associations, companies, municipalities and communities. The Finnish Hospitality Association (MaRa) has joined the Energy Efficiency Agreements and only members of the MaRa can join the Energy Efficiency Agreements. When a tourism business joins the agreements it joins the Action Plan of the association MaRa. The Ministry of Employment and the Economy subsidises energy audits, analyses and, on a case-for-case assessment basis, energy efficiency investments and deployment of new energy-efficient technology for companies and communities that have signed up to the agreements. Joining the agreements is free.
When joining, the company commits to set their own targets for energy use improvement, implement the measures needed and report annually on the realisation of the energy efficiency measures and other activities aimed at its improvement. To reach the aims set, companies should designate a person responsible for the energy-efficiency measures. The company must pay the costs related to the making of the hospitality industry's annual report. The amount required depends from the amount of working places the business has. E.g. tourism business that has one to five working places pay 300 €/year.
Evidence of success
By the end of 2010 40 tourism businesses had joined the Energy Efficiency Agreements. The energy savings made by the joined businesses in 2008-2009 are 1,42 GWh/a.
Energy Efficiency Agreements are considered a good practice because the government has committed to a long-term development of energy efficiency with the private sector and encourages the participating businesses to take steps towards energy efficiency with subsidies. It is important for the entrepreneurs to know their current energy usage and to become more aware how they can make their business more efficient and at the same time environmentally friendly.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Lahti Region Environmental Service
Annex completed on: 05-10-2011