Energy efficiency means that a product or service can be produced in a location with the least amount of energy used.
Energy efficiency must be taken into consideration as part of the company’s environmental permit. According to the environmental legislation (the Environmental Protection Act and the Environmental Protection Decree), energy efficiency must be observed in assessing the best available technology where necessary and, where necessary, the manner in which measures based on energy conservation contracts and reporting have been observed in the environmental permit decision must be highlighted.
The realisation of energy efficiency must be measured in order to determine whether energy efficiency has improved. Energy efficiency can be measured by comparing the follow-up situation to the original situation. In the simplest form, measured variables can include overall energy consumption or the energy consumption of an individual process in relation to the production quantity or value.
The Motiva energy audit
The purpose of energy audits is to map the energy consumption of a location, determine energy-saving potential, and state energy-saving measures, complete with profitability calculations. Energy audits also examine the possibilities of using renewable energy forms.
The ELY Centre and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (MEE) offer support for conducting energy audits. The Ministry of Employment and the Economy supports energy-saving surveys conducted in accordance with instructions from MEE and Motiva Ltd. These surveys are called Motiva energy audits. Support is sought from the ELY Centre of the area where the survey is conducted. Authorised auditors conduct the Motiva audit.
The ESCO service
The ESCO service refers to an energy-saving measure conducted in a company by an outside energy expert (an ESCO company). Energy-saving investments are carried out in ESCO operations without any funding from the company itself. The ESCO service and the energy-saving investment are paid with the savings gained from lowered energy costs.
The customer and the ESCO company enter a mutual contract in which the scope of the operation is agreed on. In the most comprehensive form of the project, an ESCO company is responsible for the funding of the project and manages equipment and maintenance throughout the term of service. This ESCO concept is especially suitable for operators whose repayment period will end up as 2-6 years, and for companies where the operation would otherwise not be realised due to lack of resources, for example. Motiva Ltd has created templates for operations and contracts.