According to the Heating Energy Association, the government should learn from the 2017 Wastewater Ordinance, ie “shit” in the mouths of the people, in its decision-making related to oil heating, the association says in its press release.
The current government program states that the use of oil for heating will be phased out by the early 2030s.
According to the association, the target is unrealistic and offers the application of the 2017 Wastewater Regulation as an alternative.
- The wastewater regulation can be practically copied in terms of its objective, basic principle and target group to support the acceleration of the abandonment of oil heating, Eero Otronen, a special expert of the Heating Energy Association, says in the press release.
By applying the Wastewater Regulation, the waiver of oil would apply to all residential properties that are still heated by an oil boiler.
The requirements should be met over a ten-year period, but could be waived by a so-called automatic age exemption, which entitles property owners over the age of 68 to deviate from the requirements.
- The age limit of 68 is defined in the Wastewater Regulation.
According to the Finnish Oil Heater's research report, 48 per cent of oil heaters are over 68 years old.
And the average age is rising rapidly, Otronen says.
According to Otronen, the number of oil heaters will decrease at an annual rate of about 5,000 apartments on a free and market basis, so the current oil boiler will be shut down in 2045.
According to the association, switching to other forms of energy costs on average 10,000–20,000 euros.
When most oil heaters are retired, the conclusion, according to Otronen, is indisputable.
- Oil heaters cannot afford these reforms that the government is trying.
Not with a little financial support.
But taking the model of the wastewater regulation as a starting point would even be about fair.
According to a September release from the Ministry of the Environment, the owners of detached houses are currently being granted a subsidy of EUR 2,500–4,000 depending on the type of heating for the transition to fossil-free heating.
Approximately EUR 28 million has been set aside for grants.
According to Otronen, the amount is completely underestimated and is not currently targeted at those who need it most.
- There are 130,000 dwellings with active oil heaters alone.
The most active beneficiaries of such support are those in whose financial situation renovation is not an excessive cost.
That is, those for whom the support is not actually targeted.
The carbon dioxide emissions caused by oil heating in small houses are two percent of Finland's fossil carbon dioxide emissions.