The promotion of energy efficiency is part of the national climate policy and the EU climate policy, which aim to reduce the amount of energy required to produce services and products. Improved energy efficiency will reduce carbon dioxide emissions and energy consumption, as well as achieve cost savings.
The Energy Authority governs and guides energy efficiency actions which are included in the administrative branch of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy. The most important of these include energy efficiency agreements, energy surveys, regional energy advice, as well as preparation of ecological design and product group specific energy labels. The Energy Authority is obligated to govern the mandatory energy surveys of large enterprises and cost-benefit analyses related to combined heat and power generation and the utilisation of waste heat. The Energy Authority is also responsible for impact assessments of policies and reports to be submitted to the European Commission. The Energy Authority purchases many of its energy efficiency promotion tasks from Motiva Oy each year.