The Ministry of Employment and the Economy represents Finland in the European Union and other international organisations with respect to energy-efficiency-related matters. The ministry strives to promote the efficient use of energy. In the work to develop greater energy-efficiency, one of the main goals is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a cost-efficient manner. The EU has set the achievement of a 20% increase in energy-efficiency by 2020 as a common goal.

Saving energy is important not only for curbing climate change and protecting the environment but also for guaranteeing the availability of energy, reducing reliance on imported energy, and cutting energy costs.

The emission-reduction targets also favour greater use of renewable energy. The energy-efficiency target specified in the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive applies to everyone, and measures taken to save energy and to use it more efficiently also benefit everyone. Heating accounts for around 25% of Finland’s total energy consumption. A key goal of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy is to improve buildings’ energy-efficiency. From a global perspective, Finland is one of the leading countries with respect to energy savings and efficient energy use. This status is a result of cost-efficient solutions and voluntary cost-efficiency agreements. Energy-efficient solutions currently account for the largest segment of the cleantech industry. You can read more about the energy-efficiency target set by visiting the Ministry of Employment and the Economy’s website. Motiva Oy is a state-owned company that carries out hands-on work to promote use of renewable energy and energy-saving measures. Details are available on Motiva’s website.

By recovering heat from wastewater, the Ecowec hybrid heat exchanger improves buildings’ energy-efficiency and reduces their heating costs. Unique in terms of affordability and efficiency, this technology is based on the main principles of cleantech and meets the energy-efficiency targets set.