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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
Buildings (both domestic and non-domestic) in EU are responsible for approximately 40% of the primary energy use. This makes buildings the largest 'energy-using-sector' in the Union. From the energy point of view, one can reduce consumption: by using building products that are sustainable (e.g. have little embodied energy), by designing and constructing buildings that use as little energy as possible with respect to heating, cooling, ventilation, etc. and by maintaining and operating buildings without wasting energy.