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Factsheet for measure SE-2022-45/2867 – measures in Sweden

Mandate to authorities to take energy saving measures

Uppdrag till myndigheter att vidta energibesparingsåtgärder

Country Sweden , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 31 October 2022 – 31 March 2023
Context War in Ukraine, Green Transition
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category N/A
– Support for energy bills
Author Anna-Karin Gustafsson (Oxford Research) and Eurofound
Measure added 14 September 2022 (updated 13 June 2023)

Background information

The Swedish government refers to the amendment of EU-directive 2018/2002, in which public agencies are responsible for reducing their consumption of electricity and promoting energy efficiency. The Minister for Public Administration of Sweden stated that the government must lead the way in this field and that much can be gained by taking small measures.

Content of measure

Starting in October public agencies will write a monthly report to the national agency for energy (Energimyndigheten) about their electricity consumption and the measures taken to reduce it. This applies to all agencies with 10 employees or more. In 2021 buildings owned by public authorities used 7.8 terawatt hours of energy for water and heat, and 4.8 terawatt hours for electricity. The government has not presented any desired level or any direct objectives associated with the measure. The administrative board in every county (Länsstyrelsen) is also required to support to local governments and advise them on how to reduce their consumption of electricity.

Use of measure

The measure applies to public state agencies. The impacts of the measure are unknown since electricity prices are influenced by a variety of factors. The minister of energy, Khashayar Farmanbar, said that agency managers should not consider the government's message as recommendation, but as a demand. If there is no significant improvement in the reduction of energy consumption at the agency level within two or three months, the government can step in, according to Farmanbar.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Local / regional government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


The measure is outside social partner main domain.

Views and reactions

The measure is outside social partner main domain.


  • 06 September 2022: Mandate to authorities to take energy saving measures (Uppdrag till myndigheter att vidta energibesparingsåtgärder) (


Eurofound (2022), Mandate to authorities to take energy saving measures, measure SE-2022-45/2867 (measures in Sweden), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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