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ČEZ Group’s successes in reducing emissions and increasing renewables

The annual reduction of greenhouse gas emissions has been a tradition at the ČEZ Group for several years and last year it succeeded in reducing emissions of greenhouse gases by 15 per cent. Alongside its progressing decarbonisation, the company increased the generation of energy from renewable sources by more than 7 per cent and accelerated the construction of public charging points for electric cars by 50 per cent.

The recently published Sustainable Development Report maps out the individual steps that ČEZ has taken on the road to clean energy, also defining ambitious targets for the future within Vision 2030 Clean Energy for Tomorrow, which was announced this year. In addition to the environment, the new vision also considers social relations and the method of governance at the company.

“Our new Vision 2030 Clean Energy for Tomorrow is built on ambitious targets that fully reflect the necessary transformation of the energy industry towards low emissions,” said Daniel Beneš, Director General and Chair of the Board of Directors at ČEZ. “At the same time, however, it takes account of our efforts to date in terms of sustainable development, which set out clear parameters within which the set targets can actually be achieved. We have, for example, undertaken to reduce the share of electricity generation from coal from almost 40 per cent to around 12 per cent within a decade. At the same time, we are preparing for the construction of large renewable energy sources in the Czech Republic. We want to deploy these clean sources, with a capacity of up to 6,000 MW [megawatts], within ten years.”

Emissions of greenhouse gases and other substances that pollute the air are for that matter the most significant values which ČEZ monitors in its Sustainable Development Reports, succeeding in reducing emissions of SO2 by 32.2 per cent, NOX by 16 per cent and solid harmful pollutants by 16.8 per cent year-on-year.

The key events having an impact on the reduction of emissions from combustion sources in 2020 included, for example, the permanent shutdown of the Prunéřov I coal power plant, with an installed output of 440 MW, the transfer of Block B9 at the Mělník power plant and Block B2 of the Dětmarovice power plant to back-up source regime, with an actual limitation of generation, and the replacement of heat generation using coal sources with gas sources at the Dvůr Králové heat-production plant and the Dětmarovice power plant.

The company also reduced water consumption by more than 10 per cent in 2020 and reduced the volume of water used for generated electricity and heat by more than 6 per cent.

In addition to reducing its own emissions, the ČEZ Group helps others with climate measures, for example by making energy savings for clients in industry, for municipalities, and for state administration.

ČEZ also confirmed its position as the operator of the largest network of public charging points for electric cars in the Czech Republic in 2020. In spite of the complications brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the group increased the tempo of deploying charging points, with the amount of energy supplied to electric cars via ČEZ charging points rising by 24 per cent. In the future, ČEZ plans to expand its business activity in the production of batteries, electromobility and hydrogen.

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