Determined energy saving and energy efficiency measures can achieve savings of 37 terawatt hours in final energy consumption by 2020. This can be achieved through 125 measures that the Energy Efficiency Committee, established by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, submitted to Mauri Pekkarinen, Minister of Economic Affairs, on 9 June 2009. Proposals in the Committee report cover all sectors of society, from trade and industry to private consumption.
Due to the proposed measures, final energy consumption will be approximately 11 per cent lower in 2020 than it would be without these measures. This target is in line with the Long-term Climate and Energy Strategy submitted by the Government to the Parliament in November 2008. The amount of energy saved would correspond to an approximate 9.3 million tonne decrease in carbon dioxide emissions. In the report, the Committee also presents its views on how energy consumption will decrease further, by one third, from the year 2020 to 2050.