Energy Blue Print
Finland 2012

Moving from principles to action for energy supply that mitigates against climate change requires a long-term perspective. Energy infrastructure takes time to build up; new energy technologies take time to develop. Policy shifts often also need many years to take effect. In most world regions the transformation from fossil to renewable energies will require additional investment and higher supply costs over about twenty years

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key results of the finland energy [r]evolution scenario

5.1 energy demand by sector

Combining the projections on population development, GDP growth and energy intensity results in future development pathways for Finland’s final energy demand. These are shown in Figure 5.1 for the Reference and the Energy [R]evolution. Under the Reference scenario, total final energy demand increases by 23% from the current 963 PJ/a to 1,250 PJ/a in 2050. In the Energy [R]evolution scenario, final energy demand decreases by 35% compared to current consumption and it is expected to reach 626 PJ/a by 2050.

Under the Energy [R]evolution scenario, electricity demand is exptected to decrease in the residential and service sector, but to grow in the transport sector (see Figure 5.3). Total electricity demand will rise from 77 TWh/a to 91 TWh/a by the year 2050. Compared to the Reference scenario, efficiency measures in the industry, residential and service sectors avoid the generation of about 46 TWh/a. This reduction can be achieved in particular by introducing highly efficient electronic devices using the best available technology in all demand sectors.

Efficiency gains in the heat supply sector are even larger. Under the Energy [R]evolution scenario, demand for heat supply is expected to decrease almost constantly (see Figure 5.4). Compared to the Reference scenario, consumption equivalent to 334 PJ/a is avoided through efficiency gains by 2050. As a result of energy-related renovation of the existing stock of residential buildings, as well as the introduction of low energy standards and ‘passive houses’ for new buildings, enjoyment of the same comfort and energy services will be accompanied by a much lower future energy demand.