Energy survey operations

Energy surveys aim to analyse how energy is used at the surveyed company, to find out the potential for energy savings and to propose cost-efficient measures to improve overall energy efficiency.

Energy survey operations in Finland are divided into two parts:

  • Voluntary, subsidised energy surveys for SMEs and municipalities
  • Mandatory energy surveys laid down in the Energy Efficiency Act (energiatehokkuuslaki, 1429/2014) for large enterprises

Energy survey subsidies are available for municipalities and SMEs

A subsidised voluntary energy survey is a survey on the energy consumption and energy saving opportunities of a specific site, realised and reported in accordance with separate instructions.

Motiva is responsible for all practical matters concerning subsidised surveys (such as instructions, monitoring, development, quality control, surveyor training and advice).

The Ministry of Employment and the Economy supports the voluntary energy surveys of municipalities and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). An energy subsidy will only be granted if the energy survey will be implemented in compliance with the model and the implementation instructions.

Mandatory for large enterprises

The Energy Efficiency Act obligates large enterprises to carry out an energy survey every four years. The energy survey determines the energy consumption profiles of all of the company’s or Group’s locations and identifies opportunities to save energy by means of individual site surveys which provide detailed information on the energy consumption of the sites and applicable energy efficiency actions. Subsidies are not available for the mandatory energy surveys of large enterprises.

The mandatory energy surveys of large enterprises are managed and enforced by the Energy Authority.