Municipal Energy Efficiency Measures
Seppälä, Taija; Olenius, Meri (2020)
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Seppälä T., Olenius M., (2020). Municipal Energy Efficiency Measures. , Conference Proceedings ″World Sustainable Energy Days 2020″., OÖ Energiesparverband.
Global greenhouse gas emission targets are being translated on to EU level and further to national level targets. Finland aims to be a forerunner in actions, knowhow and goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As a part of updating Satakunta Climate and Energy Strategy a survey on municipal energy efficiency measures was sent to city mayors, technical directors and environmental engineers/environmental inspectors. The survey focused on centralized energy production, transport development plans, renewable energy production plans, industrial plants, emission offsets (compensations), circular economy measures, municipal construction plans and use of buildings, food services and municipal planning. 12 municipalities of 17 in the region answered the survey. Because municipalities in Satakunta vary in sizes from 1 500 to 84 000 people, there are also energy efficiency measures in very different ranges. This is important to take into consideration while making conclusions about the municipalities. The survey showed that municipalities are more committed to energy efficiency measures than increasing the use of renewable energy. Energy efficiency measures usually save the municipality money at least in a long run, as increasing renewables may need a lot of resources and investment in the early stage in the investment process. This makes energy efficiency measures so much more appealing and approachable to municipalities.