Finland has now 311 municipalities. 47 municipalities have entered into the energy agreement which is only 15% of the total amount. In the previous contract period, 134 municipalities and associations of municipalities were involved, more than 40% of the total number of the municipalities. As a quick conclusion the new energy efficiency agreement does interest the municipalities.
Could it be that the decreased interest in the energy efficiency agreement would be due to fatigue of some kind? Most of the properties are inspected in the past and energy renovations have been made at that time.
Today, the biggest challenges for municipal real estate departments are vacant spaces and various indoor air quality problems. Do municipalities feel that they have already done enough regarding their energy efficiency, and the new energy efficiency agreement only brings additional work to the table?
In many municipalities, joining an energy efficiency agreement is a matter for the municipal council to decide. At worst, the agreement could become a political pawn, taking the importance of the issue out of the context.
It can be incorrectly stated that belonging to KETS is not profitable, or the whole activity is condemned as an environmental nonsense.
I would therefore like to correct that statement: energy efficiency is always worth your while and an integral part of municipal social responsibility.
Why not promote energy efficiency by all means?
I very much wonder that improving energy efficiency does not seem to be of interest to the municipal sector. Municipalities are still significant owners of large properties, since in many municipalities the largest properties are public buildings. The largest single current expense item in real estate is energy and water costs. All the expenses are covered from taxpayers’ money. So why wouldn’t a municipality that operates in the best interest of its residents promote energy efficiency by all possible means?
Municipalities today must monitor their energy use and costs, draw up budgets and make plans for the maintenance and improvement of properties. As a result, KETS’s reporting requirements do little to increase the workload. Municipalities have a significant role to play in communicating and guiding their residents to make energy-efficient and sustainable choices.
Energy efficiency, sustainable operations and the promotion of renewable energy can also be utilized in the municipality’s own communications, therefore improving its own image and attractiveness.
Joining in into the new energy efficiency agreement is simple
The drawing up of an action plan, the establishment of an energy working group and annual reporting to Motiva cannot be an obstacle for the municipal decision-makers to the commit to the common goals of the state and the EU.
Municipalities still can apply for support for energy audits and investment support for energy efficiency investments.
It is worthwhile for each municipality to join the agreement and set itself achievable goals for improving energy efficiency. Hopefully, my claims about municipalities’ reluctancy to put effort into energy efficiency will still prove to be false during this autumn and joining KETS will be on the list of all councils in their up and coming meetings.
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