Good results with GO - Ministry of Employment and the Economy Finland

GO helping to cut consumption and emissions - Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy, WWF's Green Office example 2013

 

The Ministry of Employment and the Economy office in Finland received Green Office labelling rights in 2010. Nowadays the programme covers the Ministry’s five Helsinki offices.
At the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Green Office fits in well with a larger set of environmental management schemes.

The Ministry of Employment and the Economy has made considerable strides and achieved great gains in energy efficiency and reporting. In 2012, total energy consumption decreased by 4% from the previous year.
Other figures represent savings from 2008 to 2012:

  • Total energy consumption at three of the offices declined by 17% compared to 2008.
  • During the period from 2008 to 2012, total heat consumption was decreased by 20%. Electricity consumption decreased by 11% over the same period.
  • In two of the offices, water consumption increased, and measures to reduce this are being investigated.
  • Paper consumption has been reduced by a total of 44%.
  • CO2 emissions related to air travel have fallen by 21% between 2009 and 2012.
  • Through Green Office, the Ministry has also devised a way to track and report employees’ consumption habits, which has shown improved results.

Also, by taking proactive measures through Green Office, the Ministry was able to meet directives from the European Commission before they came into force, for example eco-design requirements for lighting.

- Aarne Hiltunen / Green Office coordinator