Consumer advice on energy issues started in Finland
Finnish consumers will receive versatile guidance on energy efficiency in 2010-2011. There are altogether 15 projects around Finland, which obtained 1.9 million euros funding from the Ministry of Employment and the Economy and from Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund. Motiva coordinates the projects in practice.
Energy advisory services enables consumers to rationalize their ways to use energy, while they also get to know the possibilities offered by renewable energy sources. Energy counselling contributes to the national target to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and to curb climate change.
The funded projects concentrate especially on construction and renovation of houses, dwelling and real estates as well as mobility of young Finns. They were chosen from 58 applicants. Hopefully, the system can be established to provide consumers with constant help in future, too.
In the EU context Finland is committed to the objectives to increase energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources included in several EU policies. The outlines for their implementation are set down e.g. in the National Energy and Climate Strategy, where promoting energy efficiency has a central role.
Consumer Energy Advice in Finland April 2010 (pdf) (272 KB)
Päivi Laitila, Senior Consultant, Motiva, tel. +358 424 281 212, email@example.com
Chief Counsellor Erkki Eskola, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, tel. +358 (0)010 606 4812
Sector Director Vesa-Matti Lahti, Energy Programme, Sitra, tel. + 358 9 6189 9446