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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 May 2023
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Responses to inflation
– Support for energy bills
Author Anna-Karin Gustafsson (Oxford Research) and Eurofound
Measure added 14 September 2022 (updated 19 September 2022)

Background information

The Swedish government refers to the amendment of EU-directive 2018/2002, in which public agencies are assigned an important role in the work to reduce the consumption of electricity and promote energy efficiency. The Minister for Public Administration of Sweden has stated that the government must lead the way in this field and that much can be gained by taking small measures.

Content of measure

Public agencies should, starting October, write a monthly report to the national agency for energy (Energimyndigheten) about their electricity consumption and the measures taken to reduce it. This applies for all agencies with 10 employees or more. In 2021 the usage of energy for water and heat in buildings owned by public authorities amounted to a total of 7.8 terawatt hours, whereas the equivalent figure for electricity was 4.8 terawatt hours. 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 tasked to give support to local governments and give advice on how to reduce the consumption of electricity.

Use of measure

The measure applies for public state agencies. The gains from it are however unsure since electricity prices are affected by a series of factors. The minister of energy, Khashayar Farmanbar, has said that agency managements should not consider the governments message as merely a request but a demand. If there is no significant improvement within a two ore three month period 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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