Energy Efficiency Agreements are an important part of Finland’s energy and climate strategy and a primary tool to improve the efficient use of energy in Finland. A responsible and efficient use of energy reduces the carbon dioxide emissions causing climate change.
Voluntary agreements are a tool, chosen together by the Government and industrial/municipal associations, to fulfil the EU energy efficiency obligations set for Finland. By ensuring that the agreement scheme is comprehensive and successful, Finland can continue to meet the obligations without resorting to separate new legislation or other new coercive measures. The Energy Efficiency Agreement period 2017–2025 is a continuance to the Energy Efficiency Agreement period 2008–2016.
Kuopio is one of the leading cities in Finland in preventing climate change and improving energy efficiency. The city has entered into an Energy efficiency agreement for the years 2017 - 2025, with the precondition of 8 percent energy savings by the end of 2025. The agreement covers the city administration and most of the city-owned companies.
Measures to improve energy efficiency have been compiled into a programme, which will be monitored annually. These include such things as procurement, planning, traffic and construction. In addition, education and communication are important in increasing energy efficiency.