Public sector

Public sector operators must increase the efficiency of energy and materials use in their operations and thereby reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We offer municipalities, cities and other public sector operators solutions and tools which allow them to respond to the challenges imposed by provisions and obligations.

Increasing the efficiency of energy and materials use

The use of energy and materials is worth enhancing in all public sector activities. The energy management of properties, the consideration of energy and materials efficiency in procurements and in traffic and community planning are a step towards a resource-efficient future.

The public sector is expected to play a strong pioneering role in the efficient use of energy and materials.

Energy education to school curriculums

The integration of energy education into school curriculums is also an important aspect of the creation of the comprehensive basics of sustainable development, measures aiming to increase the efficiency of energy use as part of it.


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Energy Auditing

An energy audit investigates and analyses the energy consumption and energy conservation potential of the audited party and proposes conservations measures, their profitability calculations and impact on CO2 emissions.

Energy Efficiency Agreements

The voluntary energy efficiency agreements aim to increase the efficiency of energy consumption in the industrial sector, the energy and service sectors, the property sector, the municipal sector and in heating oil properties.

Public procurements

The public sector is obligated to promote sustainable procurements. The public sector procures goods and services for approximately €35 billion every year. This accounts for abut 17 per cent of the gross domestic product.

The public sector’s energy efficiency plan

The public sector’s energy efficiency plan and the instructions and tools for its implementation have been aimed primarily at the public sector, but the instructions may prove useful to others as well.

Street and outdoor lighting

With careful planning and lighting control the quality of lighting in urban areas can be improved in such a way that the desired level of lighting is achieved with as little energy consumption as possible.

A property’s energy use

Public sector operators must increase the efficiency of energy and materials use in their operations and thereby reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Training and communication in the improvement of energy efficiency

Training and communication are important tools when you want to make sure that the measures to increase the efficiency of energy use are implemented successfully.

Transport and mobility

Traffic is responsible for approximately a fifth of Finland’s greenhouse gas emissions. The exhaust emissions of traffic also impair local air quality. This is particularly true in urban areas with heavy traffic. The public sector plays a decisive role in the development of the traffic system.

Material efficiency

From the perspective of a municipality, materials efficiency can mean taking care of the sufficiency of natural resources, the sustainable use of natural resources on a local level and the reduction of environmental impact.

Renewable energy

Energy produced from renewable energy sources promotes the realisation of sustainable development in municipalities. Alongside reduced emissions, the use of renewable energy sources increases local well-being.

Community planning

The majority of community emissions derive from buildings’ energy use and from traffic. The local or community structure has great influence on how high emissions are.

Aid and funding

Many, even financially sound, energy saving investment can remain unrealised due to funding problems. This is why government aid and financing models are available for the funding of energy efficient investments.

Learning about energy in a fun way

The sensible use of energy and materials, and an understanding of their significance, is an important civic skill which should be taught to children at a fairly young age.

Page last updated 15.6.2017